Hong Kong police have gone to an extreme, acting irresponsibly and using brutal tactics against protesters in the latest face-off with the young pro-democracy activists.
At 7: 30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, Hong Kong police fired three shots at the pro-democracy activists in Sai Wan Ho district during the morning rush-hour commute.
Two youngsters were injured. A police officer shot an unarmed 21-year-old pro-democracy activist in the stomach at close range.
A video posted on Twitter by online video outlet Cupid Producer, showed a police officer grabbing one protester and shooting at an unarmed approaching protester.
[BREAKING] At 730am police fired three Live bullets at Youngsters in Sai Wan Ho HongKong. 2 injured. #HongKongProtests #SOSHK #HumanitarianCrisis #HKHumanRightsandDemocracyAct
Source: Cupid producer pic.twitter.com/GHhgoq9CJA
— Freedom HK (@FreedomHKG) November 11, 2019
Seconds later, the police officer fired two more times during a scuffle. Another pro-democracy youngster fell to the ground.
The video showed the police detaining and pushing the two men down to the road surface. The police officer was seen pulling at the bleeding unresponsive youngster to sit him up, apparently trying to tie or handcuff him after the police had shot him.
Another video posted on Twitter showed the manner the police manhandled the unconscious youngster, with a tweet: “They treat the injured like this…”
— Bewater 😷 (@Bewater57249897) November 11, 2019
In a separate incident, police also set a counter-protester on fire amid escalating police violence toward Hong Kong civilians. The man, who was described as not supporting the protesters, was doused with a flammable liquid before he was set on fire. The man’s upper body was engulfed in flames as he tried to pull off his scorched shirt.
It clearly looks like Hong Kong police are aggressively going after protesters, with all kinds of tactics. A video posted on Twitter showed a Hong Kong police officer recklessly driving a motorcycle at high speed intentionally ramming into the protesters.
Another video showed a group of “police,” disguised as protesters, being dropped off from a police car.
— Bewater 😷 (@Bewater57249897) November 11, 2019
Amnesty International responded in a tweet. “Today was another low for Hong Kong police. Live rounds fired are clear evidence of reckless use of force. Another policeman was seen driving at high speed into protesters on a motorbike. These aren’t policing measures—these are officers out of control.”
Today was another low for Hong Kong police. Live rounds fired are clear evidence of reckless use of force. Another policeman was seen driving at high speed into protesters on a motorbike. These aren’t policing measures—these are officers out of control. https://t.co/EPuhhT9Tn9
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) November 11, 2019
It was the 24th straight weekend of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The island mourned the death of a 22-year-old student from injuries sustained in last week’s clash with police.
Amid the mounting tension on the island, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) elected Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam accused the young pro-democracy activists as, “enemy of the people.”
It appeared that the rules of engagement for Hong Kong authorities were relaxed to permit the free use of firearms and live ammunition against civilian demonstrators.
Instead of quelling the situation, emotions were intensified by police brutality against Hong Kong’s democracy seekers.
Lam had vowed that the freedom seekers “will never win.” Her message came a week after she met Chinese leader Xi Jinping in mainland China.
At least 60 people were injured that day, with two critically wounded, as police toughened their tactics.
Perhaps, there is hope emerging from the courageous selfless acts of the Hong Kong young freedom seekers.
Dr. Arthur Waldron, Lauder professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke of how the crowd can threaten the reign of the totalitarian rule in Part 3 of the BL’s In Great Minds series, “Understanding Communism.”
Waldron, who was physically present in Nanjing at the time of the June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre, spoke about the role and importance of crowds.
“Crowds are moments when people find out how many people agree with them and they are deeply threatening to governments because you cannot say that these people are all misguided,” said Waldron during the interview.
He explained that when crowds of people gather, it signifies a big change.
“It means that the people do not fear the government in the same way they used to and that makes the problem of maintaining party control, which is really the only goal the party [the CCP] has now.”
Waldron believes that information and education of the public would lead to the downfall of communist tyranny.