熱血時報 | Amnesty International calls for inquiry into the Prince Edward Station Incident, Denouncing police operation for fell far short of international standards

Amnesty International calls for inquiry into the Prince Edward Station Incident, Denouncing police operation for fell far short of international standards



Amnesty International calls for inquiry into the Prince Edward Station Incident, Denouncing police operation for fell far short of international standards


The Hong Kong Police in citing destruction of facilities and assaulting a member of the public inside the MTR station as pretexts, stormed into Prince Edward Station and inside train carriages, indiscriminately attacking passengers with their batons, similar to what happened on the 21st of July at Yuen Long. Amnesty International Hong Kong issued a statement today (1st September, 2019), condemning the police operation last night for falling far short of international policing standards.

Amnesty International HK stated that, “Video footage showed police stormed the train carriage and used batons to repeatedly beat people posing no threat whatsoever. Pepper spray was used in a carriage where people had no means to retreat, while medics were barred from entering the station. It is also alarming that a police officer appeared to aim a sponge grenade launcher at close range to those inside the train. Such unlawful police tactics continue to inflame rather than de-escalate the situation.”

In regards to the deployment of undercover officers, Amnesty International HK reaffirmed that, “…officers should never act as agents provocateurs. It creates mistrust and suspicion, and sow divisions among people who have the right to assemble and associate.”

In addition, “For the first time [yesterday], policed used a blue dye in water cannons, which can result in large numbers of people, including bystanders and journalists, being indiscriminately marked.”   The statement pointed out that, “These tactics pose a real threat to the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and the right to a fair trial.”

Amnesty International HK reiterates that, “the police operation on Saturday only underscores the urgent need for an independent and proper investigation into the policing of the protests.”

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【嚴正徹查831港鐵站事件】 香港警察受過專業訓綀,行使的是公權力。昨晚在太子港鐵站的執法遠低於國際標準。 從現場影片可見,警方衝入港鐵車廂,用警棍無差別地毆打車上對他們沒有構成威脅的乘客,警方又向在車廂內無路可退的乘客發放胡椒噴霧,同時又禁醫護到場救援。更令人震驚的是警方手持疑似是海綿彈發射槍械,近距離、以水平指向車廂內人士。這些不合法的執法手段只會繼續加劇局勢,無助緩解現局。 近日大眾對警方在示威中使用臥底有不少疑問,包括臥底是否有煽動暴力。我們重申,這些警員絕不應誘使他人違法以便將之逮捕。市民大眾有集會結社自由,這種秘密警察的執法手段只會製造不信任和懷疑,在大眾間播下了分歧,損害市民表達自由及和平集會自由。 昨天警方亦首次在水炮車使用染色水劑,大量現場人士,包括旁觀者、記者被染料射中。這些執法手法威脅市民的表達自由、和平集會自由,以致公平審訊權利。警方在周六的表現,再一次突顯要儘快成立獨立調查委員會的必要。 Hong Kong: Rampaging police must be investigated Violence directed at police on Saturday is no excuse for officers to go on the rampage elsewhere. The horrifying scenes at Prince Edward metro station, which saw terrified bystanders caught up in the melee, fell far short of international policing standards. Video footage shows police stormed the train carriage and used batons to repeatedly beat people posing no threat whatsoever. Pepper spray was used in a carriage where people had no means to retreat, while medics were barred from entering the station. It is also alarming that a police officer appeared to aim a sponge grenade launcher at close range to those inside the train. Such unlawful police tactics continue to inflame rather than deescalate the situation. There are also serious questions surrounding the deployment of undercover officers among the protesters and whether they played any role in inciting violence. Such officers should never act as agents provocateurs. It creates mistrust and suspicion, and sows divisions among people who have the right to assemble and associate. For the first time, police used a blue dye in water cannons, which can result in large numbers of people, including bystanders and journalists, being indiscriminately marked. These tactics pose a real threat to the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and the right to a fair trial. The police operation on Saturday only underscores the urgent need for an independent and proper investigation into the policing of the protests.

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