Human Right Watch (HRW) has called on Hong Kong Police to exercise restraint in policing on-going protests. It is known that Hong Kong protest policing has not been the best notably since the Umbrella Movement and Occupy Hong Kong protests of 2014. The communist government of China has become increasingly repressive towards the Hong Kongese who returned to the streets recently in protests to demand for more democratic rights. HRW said,
The Hong Kong police should stop using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters in the city and abide by international standards governing the policing of assemblies, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should also allow an effective, independent investigation into the policing of protests.
“Police in Hong Kong have been equipped and trained to comply with international standards on the use of force,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “But they are now turning their backs on that, and instead are escalating the use of force.”
On August 11, 2019, as the mass demonstrations calling for democracy and complete withdrawal of the extradition bill entered their 10th week, Hong Kong police intensified its crackdown on protesters. Instances of excessive and questionable use of police force have been reported by the media or video recorded by protesters. They include:
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