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Exhibition on 'police abuse' set up for tourists

2019-10-19 HKT 17:52
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Pro-democracy activists set up a small exhibition outside the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday to raise international awareness about what they call the police's use of extreme force when handling anti-government protests.

The group, which was organised online, put up exhibition boards with photos and information on recent protest-related events, with the themes including "excessive use of force" and "sexual violence".

They said they wanted to show tourists that the Hong Kong police are abusing their power and violating human rights as they crack down on anti-government protests.

"This exhibition aims to show visitors, honourable members of the consulates and foreign press the violent, inhumane and illegal acts of the Hong Kong police force in recent months," said one of the organisers, a man surnamed Kong.

"People of the free world must not stand idle and ignore [Beijing's] fascist ways. We ask you to stand with Hong Kong to resist Beijing while we fight for our freedoms," he said.

Dozens of people were seen swarming around the display boards.

Some British tourists by the exhibition said they were concerned about the situation in Hong Kong, even if they didn't fully understand it. They said that from what they had read on the display boards, the city's police appear to have acted in a "terrible" manner.

The setting up of the exhibition was briefly disrupted by security guards who told the organisers that they should have obtained permission for the display. But it went ahead after brief negotiations.