Police in Hong Kong have arrested 289 people and used pepper spray and pepper balls to disperse pro-democracy demonstrators. Amongst those caught on camera being brutalised by the police was a 12 year old girl who was said to be shopping for crayons.  

The demonstration was called Sunday to challenge the postponement of elections, and the imposition of a draconian ‘security law’ imposed by China, and bringing the region further under the control of the Chinese government.

Thousands of police were out in force to break up the protest and arrest demonstrators.

 

The arrest of a 12-year old girl by Hong Kong police went viral after it was caught on camera by student reporters.

 

The police brutality towards the child drew criticism internationally

 

The police also arrested a well-known activist Tam Tak-chi accused of “uttering seditious words”.

“Most of the time, the words he uses are stirring up hatred and contempt for the government and also raising the societal discontent among the Hong Kong people,” said Li Kwai-wah, a senior police superintendent.

The arrests have led to further concerns that Hong Kong residents will continue to have freedoms and rights, including the right to free speech, restricted as China tightens its grip on the region.