‘Undercover’ policeman beaten as Hong Kong rioters ‘tie up reporter’August 13, 2019
An 'undercover' police officer has been attacked and a reporter had his wrists bound together with cable ties by protesters as the riots in Hong Kong escalate and erupt into violence.
Shocking scenes are unfolding tonight from the country's airport.
One man, who is believed to be a plain clothes police officer, has been "badly beaten up" and is in a "pretty bad way", according to Sky's Stuart Ramsay.
He said there would be "massive backlash" if the suspected police officer who is being held by protesters dies.
"You have lost all moral high ground when you do this type of thing," he told the broadcast station.
"It looks terrible to the outside world and it looks terrible to the people of Hong Kong."
Some of the protesters have been captured beating the man and stamping on him.
Footage shows him being wrestled to the ground in a headlock before more people join the melee and throw punches.
Others gather to take photos and film the horrifying attack.
A person was later seen being put on a stretcher by medics.
Hong Kong Police force confirmed a person had been assaulted and needed urgent medical attention.
They tweeted: "A visitor was assaulted and is currently being besieged by a large group of protesters at the Hong Kong International Airport.
"He requires immediate medical attention but the protesters concerned have been obstructing ambulance officers from rendering medical assistance.
"As per a request for assistance from the Airport Authority, the Police appeal to the protesters to stop their obstruction so that the visitor can receive timely medical attention.
"The Police stress that this is not a dispersal operation and aim to escort the visitor safety to a hospital."
Another video has also surfaced of a lone police officer being beaten with his own baton while being cornered against a wall.
The footage begins by showing the officer storm into the airport and push a man to the ground. But he is then surrounded by protesters who grab his baton from his clutches and use it to deliver blows to his torso.
He then appears to pull out another weapon which sends the attackers fleeing before he drops to the ground and is joined by his colleagues.
Similar scenes show a man having his wrists bound together by cable ties.
A local reporter shared a video of the incident and tweeted: "Fu Guohao, reporter of GT website is being seized by demonstrators at HK airport.
"I affirm this man being tied in this video is the reporter himself. He has no other task except for reporting. I sincerely ask the demonstrators to release him. I also ask for help of West reporters."
Hong Kong has been plunged into a state of "panic and chaos" its leader warned earlier after mass unrest has rocked the city for 10 weeks.
In her first public appearance since demonstrators succeeded in shutting down the city's international airport yesterday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it could take a "long time for Hong Kong to recover.
She has defied calls to quit as the stock market tumbled, airlines flagged amid further flight disruptions and anti-government protesters filled the airport for a fifth consecutive day.
Demonstrators chanting “Fight for freedom – saving Hong Kong" occupied Hong Kong Airport today forcing the Hong Kong Airport Authority to cancel all remaining flights from about 5pm local time (10am BST).
It is the second day the authority has been forced to cancel all flights and the fifth consecutive day of protests at the airport.
Protesters were seen wearing eye patches in reference to a woman who was shot in the eye with a beanbag round during a clash with police.
The protests began as opposition to a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China for those facing criminal charges.
They have evolved into a more demanding pro-democracy movement, fuelled by fear that the freedoms Hong Kong enjoys as a special administrative region of China are being eroded.
In response to the unrest, Chief Executive Lam issued a statement from the government headquarters complex, fortified with 6-foot high, water-filled barricades.
She said: "Take a minute to look at our city, our home.
"Can we bear to push it into the abyss and see it smashed to pieces?
Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement enshrining some autonomy for Hong Kong when China took it back from Britain in 1997.
U.S. President Donald Trump said the situation in Hong Kong was tricky, but he hoped it would work out for everybody, including China, and "for liberty" without anyone getting hurt or killed.
"The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation – very tough," Trump told reporters during a visit to Morristown, New Jersey.
"We'll see what happens," he added.
"It's a very tricky situation. I think it will work out and I hope it works out, for liberty. I hope it works out for everybody, including China. I hope it works out peacefully. Ihope nobody gets hurt. I hope nobody gets killed."
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