his past weekend in Hong Kong was even more out of control than usual, highlighted by police storming a metro station in a manner that has earned comparisons to an earlier thug attack.
Viral footage shows police officers spraying pepper spray into the open doors of a subway train at passengers holding umbrellas before rushing in swinging their batons. One young couple is seen huddled together on the floor, crying and wailing in apparent pain and fear.
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The scary scene occurred on Saturday night inside the Prince Edward station in Kowloon. Police said that they entered the station following reports that “radical protesters” inside were assaulting citizens and damaging property.
Afterward, 40 people were arrested for offenses including unlawful assembly, criminal damage, and assaulting police officers.
Unquestionably, protesters wreaked some serious havoc on Hong Kong’s MTR stations over the weekend with 44 of them reportedly sustaining damage, causing some lines to be shut down.
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However, Hong Kong police have faced criticism, yet again, for use of excessive force in their subway crackdown, as well as allegations that their baton blows fell on the heads of non-protesters.
The incident has been compared by some to an infamous attack on July 21 where dozens of masked thugs stormed the Yuen Long MTR station and began beating passengers with metal rods, principally targeting protesters on their way home from a demonstration.
That clash inside the Prince Edward station was just one of many tense moments in a chaotic weekend which saw protesters take to the street yet again after police denied permission for a mass march, leading to demonstrators setting fires on roads and throwing petrol bombs at government headquarters while police responded with yet more tear gas and warning shots.