rotesters in Hong Kong have rallied behind one young woman who was shot in the eye on Sunday amid yet more clashes between demonstrators and police in the streets of Hong Kong.
While police had banned protesters from taking again to the streets in large numbers over the weekend, the young woman was one of many thousands who defied that ban as Hong Kong’s 10th straight week of protests began with blood.
The woman was shot in the eye at around 7:30 pm on Sunday night outside of the Tsim Sha Tsui police station. The impact caused her eye shield to crack. Soon, images and videos went viral showing her lying on the street with blood pouring out of her right eye.
HK Riot Police fired bullet and headshot a young lady. I am not sure whether her right eye will turn blind or not but it is totally insane and terrible. US should not export tear gas and rubber bullet to HK Police anymore. pic.twitter.com/R9gZKZysaO
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) August 11, 2019
This female protester was shot in the eye during a protest Sunday, triggering calls to occupy Hong Kong’s airport.
Doctors fear she could lose her right eye, local media report pic.twitter.com/ktwQm7vvdg
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) August 12, 2019
Witnesses on the scene said that she had been shot by police with a beanbag round. Police rules state that such non-lethal ammunition should be shot at people’s limbs or body, not at their head.
According to local reports, the woman’s right eyeball ruptured and she may lose the eye.
Using the rallying cry “An eye for an eye,” thousands of protesters began gathering at Hong Kong’s airport on Monday, many of them donning eye patches to protest against police brutality. Eventually, the airport authority was forced to cancel all flights.
The young woman who was shot by Hong Kong police in the eye with what appeared to be bean bag round quickly becoming the latest image of tremendous anger with police and their tactics. Calls for a mass rally at the airport this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/x4FjB6asFY
— Timothy McLaughlin (@TMclaughlin3) August 12, 2019
“An eye for an eye.”
Last Friday, another banner strung above the arrivals hall read, “Reclaim Hong Kong, Revolution of our time.” pic.twitter.com/eLn0OaXa6s
— Mary Hui (@maryhui) August 12, 2019
Both 31, one is a designer her friend is a translator. Why at the airport? “We need to arise international concern. Our government has not been listening but attacking us” pic.twitter.com/5ndydhFIdt
— Ilaria Maria Sala (@IlariaMariaSala) August 12, 2019
some of the protesters covered their eyes with a cloth, as yesterday a young female was shot by police beanbag bullet right in her right eye, very probably causing her to lose eyesight.#HongKong #HongKongPolice #HongKongProtests
photo: @appledaily_hk pic.twitter.com/qbkFli4Vhw
— LO Kin-hei 羅健熙 (@lokinhei) August 12, 2019
— Ryan Ho Kilpatrick 何松濤 (@rhokilpatrick) August 11, 2019
— Joanne Wong (@JOceanW) August 12, 2019
An Eye for An Eye 林郑黑警，以眼还眼
My cartoon on Last night‘s HK protest. A young woman was shot by Hong Kong police in the eye with bean bag gun.
昨晚，一名女性香港抗议者被警察用布袋枪遭面部射击，护目镜碎，伤眼睛，流血倒地。#FreeHongKong #antiELAB pic.twitter.com/TLRG8mo6wl
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) August 12, 2019
For their part, Hong Kong police said at a Monday press conference that there is no evidence showing how the young woman’s injury was caused and vowed to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, Chinese nationalists have attempted to argue that the woman somehow faked the injury or was actually hit by a fellow protester.
Leading this charge with the state media tabloid, the Global Times which spoke to a “former senior police officer” who claimed that it was “technically impossible for the police to shoot her in the eye.”
“The location of the injured person is not within the scope of the police shooting,” said one of the tabloid’s sources. “Unless the bullet turned round then the bullet could not injure the female.”
“If it were beanbag, I believe she would have been dead,” added the source, suggesting that she was instead hit by a “hard object.”