Hong Kong/Jakarta/Singapore (14/10) — Protests in Hong Kong are becoming extreme. The protesters escalated violence in every action. Though it started peacefully with people chanting slogans such as “Five Demands, Not One Less” and “Free Hong Kong”, but eventually they became violent.
Shopping malls around the city on Sunday (Oct 13) were occupied by the protesters as the protests entered their 19th week. Around midday everything was just peaceful but by late afternoon some hardcore black-clad activists trashed shops and vandalized metro stations and blocked roads.
At around 5.30pm, a police officer was slashed in the neck by a protester near Kwun Tong MTR station, police said in a statement. The incident took place when officers were looking into a case of criminal damage at the MTR station.
“The sharp-edged object is a deadly weapon. Police will strive to investigate all violent acts,” the force said in a statement. Eyewitnesses said that the right side of the officer’s uniform was stained with blood.
Video footage from Ming Pao showed a team of officers about to enter Kwun Tong MTR station, as a man came up from behind and jabbed a sharp object – similar to a box cutter – towards the neck of one of the officers. Two people were arrested on the scene. The injured officer was sent to United Christian Hospital in a conscious state.
An AFP reporter in the same neighborhood saw crowds of protesters beat a middle-aged woman because she had helped police clear barricades. The woman was struck with fists and umbrellas and also had her face smeared with mud.