'I had to be on the frontline to capture the actions', says SCMP photographer Felix Wong

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 9:45am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 9:49am

With one eye swollen shut and bruises over his nose and forehead, SCMP photographer Felix Wong tells of his ordeal of being beaten up by riot police in Shenzhen when he covered the violent anti-Japanese protests there on Sunday. 

"I had to be on the frontline to capture the actions, so I walked in front of them to photograph the arrests," he said.  When the police charged him, he immediately put down his camera, raised his hands and repeatedly identified himself as a reporter. But the policemen gave no heed and pushed him to the ground. Four to five policemen hit Wong's face, arms, and legs with batons. 

Wong is now in stable conditions after treatment, and is expected to make a full recovery and return to work after a two-week medical leave.