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TV engineer sues Hong Kong government over alleged police assault during Occupy protests

Li Siu-lung says he was pressed to the ground by officers, then pinched, punched, kneed, kicked, stepped on and sat on

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 3:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 10:07pm

A television engineer sued the government on Wednesday for personal injuries sustained due to alleged police assault and false imprisonment at a clearance operation during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy protests three years ago.

Li Siu-lung, of Now TV, said he was pressed to the ground by police officers who then repeatedly shouted verbal abuse at him and continuously pinched, punched, kneed, kicked, stepped on and sat on various parts of his body.

The assault, which lasted about 90 seconds, allegedly took place at 9.08pm on November 25, 2014 at Shanghai Street in Mong Kok, according to the writ filed to High Court.

Li claimed he subsequently suffered swelling over his left forehead, left eyebrow, chest and behind his right ear; abrasions over his left eyebrow, both elbows, left finger and knee; as well as injuries to his left hand and rib, plus post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric and psychological symptoms.

“The plaintiff felt dizzy and pain all over his body,” the writ said.

Li is now demanding an unspecified sum for damages, interest, costs and other relief that the court deems proper.

The first hearing is set for May 17 next year.

Thousands of protesters occupied thoroughfares in Mong Kok from late September 2014 as part of a civil disobedience movement calling for greater democracy in the city.

Road traffic resumed in the busy shopping district on November 27 that year, following a two-day clearance operation in accordance with court-ordered injunctions.