USP reporter, columnist of VJ Media and painter Kaiser was beaten by the police at the midnight of Oct 19. He suffered injuries to the back of his head and is now doing OK after receiving medical treatment. The following is his account of how he got beaten by the police. And through the account, he would also want to express his discontent over the police.
Lam: Please describe how you got injured.
Kaiser: I heard the rumor that “liberate the intersection” would start at 12 am, tyring to take back the control of the intersection between Argyle Street and Nathan Road (from the police). At around 12:05 am, I arrived at Wai Fung Centre, which is the southbound of Nathan Road. At that time, I saw the police were holding riot shields, and they cleared all the barricades in a few seconds. Then, they charged towards the protesters, who then moved backwards with umbrellas opened. The police were at the southbound moving towards Prince Edward. I immediately wore my reporter card and took photos of the scene. Besides me, there were several foreign reporters, and like me, they wore no helmets. 7 seconds later, the police suddenly deployed pepper spray. I had already brought myself anti-pepper spray equipment and was ready to wear it. However, since the police hadn’t displayed either red or yellow flag, I hadn’t used the equipment. In the end, my eyes, ears and mouth got sprayed. My instinct made me turn around, cover my head with my left hand, and use my right hand to wield my camera, which was pointing towards the police. Some protesters shielded me with umbrellas. Then police started beating randomly with batons.
Kaiser: I was hit right on the head once. The umbrellas shielded the force of the rest of the beatings. Then, I felt my head was a little bit wet. After getting out of the scene, I found that blood was all over my hands. I rushed to an emergency station, and medical volunteers helped me to clean pepper spray off my face and wrapped my head. While they were treating me, police rushed to the station and stopped the treatment.
Lam: Why did they have to kick you out?
Kaiser: They said they wanted to clear the protest site. Therefore they kicked me back to the side walk. There were six to seven police officers there and I told them that I got injured and showed them that my hands were all covered with blood. However, they ignored me and simply said, “Go away, Go back to the side walk”. This is so inhuman! Later, I went to Kwong Wah Hospital to have my injuries examined. As the police kicked me out of the emergency station, I didn’t have time to clean pepper spray off my face. Therefore I still suffer from pain!
Lam: Tell me your condition please?
Kaiser: I got beaten with solid police baton, not the expandable one. Therefore, it’s esepcially painful. I’ve just had a small surgery cleaning up the wound. I have one stitch on my head. I still suffer from pain. My doctor said if I vomitted at home, then it would indicate that I suffered from head trauma. However, I can still make joke and am still conscious. I’m not dead yet.
Lam: Since you’re at the front line, do you spot the differences in police attitude days before and now?
Kaiser: Today, the police is totally crazy As they can’t clean up the protest sitess, they all become machines, robots that beat people. They don’t care who you are and which body parts. They simply beat you non stop. They beat anywhere on your body and anyone with umbrellas.
Lam: What will you do to condemn them?
Kai: It’s useless. No matter how you scold them, they won’t need to shoulder any responsibility. All they have is power, the power to use violence. And, with the power they are given, they don’t need to shoulder any responsibility. Even if they were condemned by the public, in the end, Sir Hui (the spokesman for police) would evade all the responsibility. Simply don’t treat the police as friends. Do your friends beat you in the head? Today, I’ve seen the dark side of the police. They are paid to do the job and should take risk of being injured. However, we’re reporters and should not be treated with violence.