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Lawyer groups condemn police violence on MTR

2019-09-03 HKT 19:10
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  • Police pepper spray on passengers on a train at Prince Edward Station on Saturday night. File photo: AP
    Police pepper spray on passengers on a train at Prince Edward Station on Saturday night. File photo: AP
The Bar Association and Law Society were on Tuesday united in their condemnation of police actions at Prince Edward MTR Station at the weekend, when officers beat cowering train passengers with batons and pepper sprayed them.

The Law Society called on the relevant law enforcement agencies to look into what it described as the "unnecessary force" used by the police at the station on Saturday night.

The Bar Association, meanwhile, said video footage showed "riot police launching indiscriminate attacks without any apparent lawful excuse", flagging up that officers didn't even make any arrests following the beatings.

The association also complained that its members have been obstructed from assisting those arrested during protests and that "beatings upon arrests are apparent and have been widespread".

"In the past few months, there has been a great deal of television and video footage showing police officers using excessive force to disperse protesters and in making arrests. Excessive crowd dispersal techniques have included the indiscriminate use of tear gas (including inside an MTR station) and the shooting of crowd control projectiles at shoulder height level or above at close range."

The Law Society's statement also criticised protesters who had blocked access to the airport and vandalised Tung Chung MTR Station on Sunday. The Bar Association had issued a statement on Monday condemning those who breached court injunctions involving disrupting the airport and the rail network.