Police officers shown in a video of a pro-democracy protestor allegedly getting kicked and beaten will be removed from their positions as investigation continues, Reuters reported today, citing Hong Kong’s secretary for security, Lai Tung-kwok.
Hong Kong television station TVB this morning aired the the footage showing multiple police officers beating a man whose hands were apparently bound. The station reported that he was punched and kicked repeatedly for about four minutes as he was on the ground, RT.com relays. The video has since gone viral, outraging citizens in Hong Kong and beyond.
SCMP identified the man in the video as a Civic Party member named Ken Tsang Kin-chiu. Occupy Central responded to the alleged beatings, saying that Tsang didn’t resist, obstruct or pose a threat to police officers.
“You can see [Tsang] had been dragged aside, meaning that he was in police detention,” said Alex Chow Yong-kong, Secretary-general of the Federation of Students. “It is contradictory to the expectation of the people, who believe they are under the protection of the police,” he said.
Tsang was escorted to Ruttonjee Hospital to be treated for injures. Occupy Central released more photos of Tsang from this morning, showing multiple bruises on his face and back.
Reuters said that 45 pro-democracy protestors were arrested early this morning as officers were clearing a major road in the city. Pepper spray was used against dozens of protestors who failed to comply to their orders, according to reports.