Hundreds of residents and protesters gathered at the Tin Shui Wai Police Station in Hong Kong’s New Territories on Monday condemning police for “violating a women’s dignity” while detaining a young female protester on August 4, resulting in further conflict, tear gas attacks and arrests.
On August 4, during a standoff between protesters and police in Tin Shui Wai, riot police were attempting to detain a woman near Tin Yiu Plaza, local broadcaster RTHK reported.
According to video footage, her dress was pulled up and her underpants stripped away while she was being carried off. Police did nothing to rectify the situation.
As a result, demonstrators and gender rights advocacy groups gathered at the police station on Monday to support the arrested woman and demand that police apologize, the Stand News reported.
Riot police eventually came out to disperse the crowd and arrested 76 people during the ensuing confrontation, police said.
The large number of arrests attracted more protesters and resulted in police firing a round of tear gas at the crowd mid-afternoon. Demonstrators remained at the station until late at night.
Senior Police Superintendent Yolanda Yu Hoi-kwan denied that any sexual violence took place during the woman’s arrest.
When three female officers were unable to subdue the woman because she was struggling so vigorously, two male officers assisted, Yu said.
Netizens from LIHKG Forum – a Reddit-like Hong Kong-based forum – have vowed to bring the alleged case of police misconduct to international attention by writing to Emma Watson, a goodwill ambassador for women’s rights at the United Nations.
According to a post on the forum, which was said to be written by the victim, the woman said she was uncertain if the removal of her underpants was a deliberate act by police.