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Police used physical 'pressure-point tactics' to clear Chater Road

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 July, 2014, 3:26am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 July, 2014, 8:56am

Police used numbing "pressure point tactics" to haul reluctant protesters away from their sit-in in Chater Road early yesterday.

They also divided the demonstrators into small groups to make them easier to control.

The tactics were revealed as the force came under fire for "needlessly" arresting more than 500 people in the absence of any violence or scuffles.

As columns of police reinforcements arrived at 1.30am, the demonstrators braced for pepper spray, water cannon or even tear gas.

But the force had a different game plan.

"Breaking them into small groups helped us control them better," a police source said. "Our vital concern was the safety of protesters and our officers."

Protesters were seen being lifted off the ground, sometimes by as many as four or five officers. Others were taken away in wheelchairs. All were loaded onto coaches and shuttled to the temporary detention centre at the Police College in Aberdeen.

Officers were seen covering protesters' mouths, twisting their necks and bending their elbows, drawing an outcry from students and onlookers.

But the police source said officers were just employing pressure point tactics.

"For those who defied our repeated orders to leave and refused to release their arms, officers controlled them by pressing their nerve points," he said.

This caused a temporary numbness and a tingling sensation so that officers could separate and remove them one by one.

"To prevent protesters putting up a struggle while being taken away, their hands were bent inward," the police source said, adding that this was to prevent them from falling on to the ground.

But Anson Chan Fang On-sang, convenor of think tank Hong Kong 2020 and a former chief secretary, criticised police handling of the situation.

"There wasn't any violence or scuffles. Why did police have to arrest more than 500 people?" she asked. "Police are giving people the impression that they are treating citizens as their enemies."

The operation began at 1.30am with the roar of police megaphones warning protesters in English that they were taking part in an unlawful assembly.

Journalists were also told to leave the area, but were then confined to pens, surrounded by police and unable to move freely in the protest grounds.

First to leave were the leaders of the movement, including Federation of Students secretary general Alex Chow Yong-kang, who sought to rally the protesters as the arrests were being made.

"You are violating the constitution! The whole world will know how ugly the Hong Kong police and government is!" he shouted to police before he was taken away. With the leaders of the protest gone, the officers moved in on the main body.

Most protesters put up only minimal resistance. Each time someone was removed, bystanders and fellow protesters shouted out the police officer's badge number and chanted "stop using violence".



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What a bunch of sissies. Look at NYPD. You don't see those protesters in NYC moaning like little girls. You break the law, face the consequences. Suck it up.
when 4 officers carried the protesters face down by the protester's limbs off ground, the wrist locks were still being used. Let public decide on the whether the excessive force or suitable force is being used.
Based on the protesters complaints the solution looks simple cordon off the are and only let people leave. Then hand out unlimited free drinks (beer,nwater, prune juice, coke, soya milk) to all the protestors. If they leave to go to the bathroom they cannot come back in. The last person to leave gets a free car.
The beer and coke in particular will guarantee that people will have to go pee ASAP.
"But What i do find very scary is when police try to curb The press and to stop free press from reporting is very very serious and shows to well that HK goverment and leaders for The police is not caring for their own constitution or laws."

In that case, there needs to be a judicial review filed by a member of the press on this matter.
Sure But why should even The police get The ide to stop The press from reporting? It is very grave if The police and goverment in HK start to Think they should censor or stop reporters from doing their job and hinder them to report over events. What scared me is that The police now in HK semes to Think that this is somthing they should do.
****** Indeed I totally understand what you are saying. That is why I am saying there needs to be a judicial review so a judge can put his or her foot down and tell the government/police that is unconstitutional and can not be practiced again.

HK judges have a good record at upholding the Basic Law and human rights.
If The police used to much force i dont know But What i do find very scary is when police try to curb The press and to stop free press from reporting is very very serious and shows to well that HK goverment and leaders for The police is not caring for their own constitution or laws.
"Regina really speaks impartially that police force was only serving the general public to ensure smooth traffic in the CBD and order there. Police put no one as enemy and they did a very professional work that day."

Sorry but Regina is as self serving as they come. She's a total political opportunist.
Do the protestors think it's going to get better? Pressure points! Wow! How horrific! LIke it or not, Hong Kong is a Communist country now. I never fully understood the SAR implications, but it was returned to China, like it or not. I don't know what the protestors logic is, but the fact that they're using the cops using pressure points to make people move must be a big deal, i.e., they've never done that before. So now they're doing it. If it keeps up, I guess they're going to use greater force because using pressure points doesn't seem to be enough. I hope they didn't get this idea from the occupy Wall Street morons in the US. That accomplished nothing and there was a lot of violence, two instances I know of of rape, people just being there because basically they had nothing else to do. Some were sincere, but it did NOTHING. They should look to these Town Hall meetings that wee started. People in their local districts should get together and voice their opinions and be heard. It won't have the "zoo" like appearance. It looks like a bloody mess and I can't say I blame Beijing ordering that they be removed. They're big into this "face" thing, and it does not make Beijing look good, at all. I think they would rather have the world see them in a negative light because they started getting heavier handed rather than being weak and just allow this to happen. I really hope the protestors don't make this into a push comes to shove thing.




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