HK journalists wear helmets and safety vests to mock police brutality during press conference

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Credit: Twitter/ Richard Lai (L), Twitter/ Yuen Chan (R)

An eye for an eye makes the world go blind. Though in these days, it seems like giving people a taste of their own medicine is the best way to go about it.

When a protest took place outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on June 12, the target of the police wrath landed on journalists who were present there reporting the incident.

This resulted in a cohort of journalists attending a press conference held by the Hong Kong police next day dressed in gas masks, helmets and reflective jackets, as reported by Shanghaiist.

The attire ensemble was a clear sign of protest from The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) against the police department’s abuse of power towards the media community.

They have acquired evidence of 17 instances where journalists were thrown tear gas and hit by the police during clashes and outbreaks.

In response, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Stephen Lo conveyed his heartfelt apology for the unjust treatment they have allegedly received.

He defended his response to the skirmish by pointing out the ‘low fatality’ rate of the weapons used. An estimated 150 rounds of tear gas were shot at the protesters along with rubber bullets and bean bags. Lo highlighted that the injured included 22 police officers under his jurisdiction.

The police commissioner was also thrown under the bus for trying to justify his officers arresting of the injured protesters at the hospital.

Pictures have been circulated on Twitter by netizens who clearly took the side of media rather than the police.

The public applauded the reporters’ brave and creative way of questioning the wrong, even if it involves government officials.

But what about the protestors?

CBS News Asian correspondent, Ramy Inocencio thanked them in a Twitter post for making sure he is safe during his reporting duties—they handed him an umbrella and helmet for his own protection.

They were also seen helping each other throughout the ordeal.

Hong Kong has been troubled by political unrest in recent years as fears that Beijing is trying to take control and limit the city’s freedom and culture.

The demonstrations were the latest expression of widespread public anger over the government’s controversial Beijing-backed plan to allow extraditions to China.

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