- Title: Relatives of Hong Kong police gather to call an end to police violence
- Date: 25th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 25, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS ASSEMBLED AT EDINBURGH PLACE IN HONG KONG BANNER READING (English) "PRC" VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS IN ATTENDANCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 60-YEAR-OLD HOMEMAKER AND WIFE OF RETIRED POLICE OFFICER, MANDY LAI, SAYING: "We hope that (with) this demonstration, we can have a, give a warm instruction or warm warning to other police, cops, please keep calm. No more offense, violent offense, on both sides. You know, one palm cannot make sounds." VARIOUS OF SPEAKERS STANDING NEXT TO BANNER READING (Chinese) "GIVE THE POLICE BACK TO THE PEOPLE" MEDIA ATTENDING EVENT PROTESTERS IN ATTENDANCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) 60-YEAR-OLD HOMEMAKER AND WIFE OF RETIRED POLICE OFFICER, MANDY LAI, SAYING: "We have to admit that there are some bad elements, we can see from what happened so far, so many demonstrations, what did they do. For example, the MTR in Yuen Long, in Kwai Fong, and some shopping malls, I think they crossed the line already. They abused their power. Disciplinary power." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS ATTENDING EVENT POLICE OBSERVING (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 42-YEAR-OLD TEACHER, ANGIE NG, SAYING: "At this point in Hong Kong, a lot of people, no matter which place they are protesting, (think) the abuse of power by the police is already becoming more and more profound. Actually, we are all victims." PROTESTERS DEPARTING FROM EDINBURGH PLACE PROTESTERS ARRIVING AT BACK ENTRANCE TO WAN CHAI POLICE HEADQUARTERS REPRESENTATIVE OF POLICE RECEIVING PETITION VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS ASSEMBLED AT EDINBURGH PLACE
- Embargoed: 8th September 2019 12:08
- Keywords: Hong Kong China police gathering protest unrest
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Fundamental Rights/Civil Liberties,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATPS9JB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of Hong Kong protesters, including relatives of serving and retired police officers, braved heavy rain in Hong Kong on Sunday (August 25) to participate in a rally to encourage the city's police force to better serve the community and dial down their use of force in handling anti-government protests.
The march was organised by the Police Relatives Connection, who described themselves as a newly formed group consisting of more than twenty individuals, a large proportion of them being family members of serving or retired officers. Rally leaders wore medical masks or other clothing in order to hide their faces, and did not present a leader willing to give their full name to the media.
Participants in the rally included both relatives of police officers, and protesters who joined in support of the action. "We have to admit that there are some bad elements (among the police)", said 60-year-old Hong Kong resident Mandy Lai, adding that her husband is a retired police officer. "(In) the MTR in Yuen Long, in Kwai Fong, and some shopping malls, I think they crossed the line already. They abused their disciplinary power."
The march organisers held up banners reading "Return the police to the people" and called for an independent commission of inquiry to look into allegations of mismanagement or excessive force amongst some officers. The rally ended at the back entrance to the Hong Kong Police Headquarters in Wan Chai, where the leaders presented a petition to a representative of the police force.
(Production: Aleksander Solum)
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