Human rights head blasts police action at protest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 July, 2011, 12:00am


The Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor slammed the police for intervening in the organisation's work during the July 1 rally.

At around midnight that day, a scuffle broke out between hundreds of protesters and police at the Cheung Kong Centre in Queen's Road, Central. Officers used pepper spray, injuring more than 10 people including lawmakers and journalists.

As the police started to arrest protesters, the director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor Law Yuk-kai was escorted away by officers. Law told police he was from a human rights group, whereupon an officer told his colleagues to release Law.

Speaking on a radio programme yesterday, Law described the police's treatment of protesters as 'just like in a third-world country'.

Chief Superintendent Kenneth Li Kin-fai responded that protesters had wilfully defied a call by police to disperse from a cordoned-off zone. He said police decided to move in.