The Hong Kong riot police conducted clearance operation at a legal rally on the first day of 2020.
Reporters of Next Magazine on the scene were targeted for no apparent reason, including a photographer who was shamed, scolded, brutally shoved, kicked, and attacked by the police with their riot shields. The photographer fell to the ground, injured and bleeding. His cell phone was aggressively chucked to the ground.
After calling off the New Year’s March, which was a legal, peaceful demonstration and was attended by at least 1.03 million people, riot police dispersed and arrested civilians in Causeway Bay. During their operation, police also destroyed the Lennon Wall that displayed information and artwork of the pro-democracy movement on a footbridge, littering torn paper everywhere.
In contrast, during the very intense, emotional standoff at Hong Kong Polytechnic on November 25th, 2019, the unarmed students still took their time to collect garbage.