ollowing Wednesday’s protests in Hong Kong, one of the most widely circulated videos from the scene shows a mother making a desperate plea for peace to police.
The woman’s appeal has since been translated into English. It goes like this:
“I am also a mother. You have kids as well. Why did you attack those kids like this? It’s enough for today. Just leave. I was smoke bombed by your tear gas. I was bombed so many times. I paid my price. Can we meet each other halfway? I am not here to attack you. I don’t have any weapon. You are bullying a woman like me, can you sleep at night?”
The video goes on to show what happened afterward to the woman, sharing a clip which appears to show her being shot in the face with a rubber bullet by police. While that footage has been widely-shared with such captions as “A woman shot in the head by Hong Kong Police,” in fact, the AFP Fact Check took a closer look at the video and determined that is false and not what happened.
Instead, the footage shows an officer pointing his baton at the woman’s face just as another officer detonates a tear gas canister with a loud bang. The startled woman is then pulled back by a friend.