A protester has become Hong Kong’s newest martial arts star after knocking down a police officer with a powerful flying kick to help a fellow demonstrator avoid arrest.
Video of the incident, which has gone viral around the world, shows the man coming in from off-screen to execute the drop kick before promptly fleeing. He was wearing a mask and covered in black clothing.
With the officer knocked to the ground, the protester he had originally been struggling with goes on the offensive, taking a few swings and even apparently trying to steal the cop’s gun before also running off along with another demonstrator who took a whack at the officer with a long pole.
The officer then quickly gets to his feet and doesn’t appear to be injured.
The kick has earned the protester comparisons to Bruce Lee and Liu Kang from Mortal Kombat.
Meanwhile in #HongKong this dramatic video just started making the rounds. Just wait for it…a flying kick. Apparently as a protestor and riot police officer push and pull over another protestor, someone powers up and channels Bruce Lee. Or Street Fighter. #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/ahRJRJ3XeE
— Ramy Inocencio 英若明 (@RamyInocencio) October 13, 2019
Since HKers worry about the video showing protesters rescuing a person from arrest outside Mong Kok's Grand Plaza, by jump-kicking a riot police.
I create this art with Lennon wall style! Share the courage& spirit without concern now！#StandWithHongKong #BruceLee pic.twitter.com/jfJ7okvXTo
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) October 13, 2019
To some, he’s a hero for valiantly helping out a comrade. To others, particularly those on Chinese social media, he’s a villain. An example of how protesters in Hong Kong are violently attacking police.
On Twitter, some netizens have started urging others not to share the already extremely viral video, worrying that the footage will lead to his arrest. There are already rumors that “flying kick man” has been arrested but that has not yet been confirmed.
Meanwhile, clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong continue to spiral out of control. On Sunday, one demonstrator slashed an officer in the neck with a sharp object.