What the police did on the night of August 31 at Prince Edward MTR station was brutality rarely seen in public in any civilised country. Such beatings usually happen at police stations or jails well away from cameras.
Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu’s statements are flatly contradicted by the video evidence, as clearly seen the Post’s report (“Hong Kong security chief John Lee praises police for railway station actions during night of protest mayhem”, September 2). It shows members of the police’s Special Tactical Unit engaged in thuggish behaviour – beating presumed protesters in an enclosed space where they had no possible escape.
The entire MTR station was closed, and the police could have arrested anyone inside without resistance. Instead they went in with batons swinging and put civilian “lives in danger”. Meanwhile, the police use the fear of officers’ lives being in danger to justify warning shots when it is one of them getting beaten with sticks.
The actions of the raptor thugs are almost the moral equivalent of the vandalism of the protester thugs. Both are despicable and should be condemned by all. The single difference is that the raptors were inflicting potentially brain-damaging injuries on people, while the vandals were destroying objects.
When the situation degenerates into this level of brutality on one side and hatred on the other, it is only a matter of time until someone is killed.
The blame will lie squarely on Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and her advisers in the Executive Council, none of whom have had the courage to stand up, speak out and resign, as James Tien Pei-chun did in 2003 when 500,000 protesters took to the streets.
Of all people in Hong Kong, Executive Council members are the only ones who know the true situation. Mrs Lam is not hideously stubborn and incompetent: she is merely a puppet of Beijing.
Having that knowledge, how can they remain as advisers and still have any integrity? Is their only goal to curry favour with the central government? Is there not one of these “honourable men” willing to take responsibility for their terrible collective error?
Police are right to use force on protesters who resist arrest
Hong Kong protesters do not seem to understand that even in the United States we need permits to protest. The permits are issued by the city or the police. If they are refused and we protest without a permit, we are in violation of the law and subject to arrest. If we tear up property or block access to public property, we can be arrested. The police in Hong Kong are in the right.
If the police had beaten people up during peaceful protests, then they are in the wrong. But protesters’ actions now are very very wrong – they deserve to be arrested and, when resisting arrest, beaten. We are free in US but we obey the law. If they did the same in US with petrol bombs, destroying property, and the like they would not only be beaten but perhaps shot. My wife is Chinese and from Hong Kong, and I have gone to Hong Kong every single year for 30 years, but this will probably be my last.