A report in the South China Morning Post Monday claimed that the Hong Kong police in cracking down on demonstrations are grabbing innocent bystanders and arresting them without due process.
The report notes that the police are accusing people who are there to document the events, or even just observing, of participating in “unlawful assemblies.”
The Post notes that in some cases people are being imprisoned for days without being granted legal counsel:
Hong Kong police have claimed that protesters are causing violence, and that officers are showing restraint.
“I must emphasize the officers demonstrated great restraint. Their use of force was indeed necessary and reasonable. It was to protect any person, including our officers themselves, from death or serious bodily injury,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations Mak Chin Ho on Monday.
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