HONG KONG: Watchdog blames the VICTIMS of Police violence

by Avi Yemini

A supposedly independent police watchdog supported police brutality in Hong Kong.

The IPCC released its official findings on Friday.

Their report excuses Police violence saying

the protests were accompanied by a scale of lawlessness with a degree of violence and vandalism not seen in Hong Kong since the riots of 1967.”

Human rights lawyers and activists have criticised the conclusions.

Benedict Rogers from Hong Kong Watch said:

the report is a shocking whitewash which shows that there is no viable mechanism in Hong Kong to ensure accountability either for police brutality or police complicity with violence by criminal thugs”.

This report comes as protests reignite on Hong Kong streets.

On Friday a protester was sent to jail for four years.

One of the protesters demands is for a truly independent inquiry into police brutality.

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