An Indonsesian journalist will be blind in one eye after being shot in the face with a police projectile on Sunday, according to her lawyer.
Veby Indah’s legal representative, Michael Vidler, said in a statement that her doctors told her on Wednesday the injury she received would result in permanent blindness in her right eye.
“She was informed that the pupil of her eye was ruptured by the force of the impact. The exact percentage of permanent impairment can only be assessed after surgery,” he said.
Vidler said her family had visited Hong Kong and been by her bedside.
“We can also confirm that we have received evidence from a third party, which indicates that the projectile that blinded Ms Veby was a rubber bullet and not a beanbag round as originally thought.”
The incident took place on Sunday afternoon while Veby, 39, was in the middle of a Facebook Live broadcast, covering the unrest for Suara Hong Kong News, an Indonesian-language newspaper in the city.
The paper mainly covers stories about Indonesian migrant workers and other social issues in the city. Veby, an associate editor at Suara, came to Hong Kong in 2012.
Tens of thousands took to the streets on Sunday as part of the ongoing anti-government campaign triggered by the now-withdrawn extradition bill.
The march degenerated into violence, with protesters setting many parts of Hong Kong’s bustling commercial streets in Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay ablaze and riot police battling radical protesters for hours.
An Indonesian vice-consul, Vania Lijaya, declined to discuss Veby’s condition. “We do not have the right to disclose her health condition. The consulate is offering any assistance she needs. Our staff go to visit her every day and we have helped contact her family and they have come to Hong Kong.