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Hong Kong police officers charged with beating protester

Published 15/10/2015

Seven Hong Kong police officers have been charged
Seven Hong Kong police officers have been charged

Hong Kong police have charged seven officers with harming an activist who was beaten in a filmed confrontation that stirred outrage among city residents at the height of the pro-democracy protests last year.

The seven officers were charged jointly with one count of grievous bodily harm and one also was charged with common assault. They are due to appear at a magistrate's court on Monday.

The activist, Ken Tsang, said police informed him he should also expect to be arrested. He said police called to ask him to report to a police station and told him they planned to charge him with one count of assaulting an officer and four counts of obstructing police, although it is not clear what specific incident those charges would involve.

The accused officers, all men age 31 to 48, were working in plain clothes at the time. The charges are being laid exactly one year after the filmed encounter that occurred during the protests that gripped the city for months.

As protesters and authorities battled into the early hours of October 15 2014, for control of an underpass outside government headquarters, local station TVB filmed officers taking a handcuffed Tsang behind a building in a nearby park.

The footage showed the officers placing Tsang on the ground, then one punches him while several others kick him.

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