Hong Kong hospital staff Tuesday Aug. 13, stepped forward to protest against police brutality and the island territory’s government.
Employees from 13 hospitals across Hong Kong participated in the protest, according to a local cable television.
Workers from the Prince of Wales Hospital held posters, chanting in Cantonese “Hong Kong police! You know the law but you break the law!”
Many doctors and nurses were seen wearing face masks and a patch over their right eye at the peaceful protests.
The bloody eye patch became a symbol of police violence and brutality since the report of a woman who allegedly had an eye ruptured by a beanbag round fired by police during the Sunday night clashes.
“Violence and hatred can’t solve any problem, violence and hatred will only create more violence and hatred,” said professor Yuen Kwok Yung from Hong Kong University Department of Microbiology.
“You won’t be able to solve the crisis in Hong Kong,” stated Yuen, who continued, “Without truth and love, it will be difficult for Hong Kong to keep going.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed concern for the ongoing crisis in Hong Kong.
Speaking at a news conference Morrison rejected Beijing’s definition of the Hong Kong protests as approaching “terrorism” that would pose a threat to the Hong Kong people.
“That’s certainly not the rhetoric that I would certainly use to describe those events,” said Morrison who continued, “Of course, we’re concerned, particularly because of the number of Australians, residents, and citizens that are in Hong Kong, both on a long-term basis and on a short-term basis.”
Morrison said that the Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam should engage and listen to the Hong Kong people.
“My view is one to seek to de-escalate things, to encourage the chief executive of Hong Kong to be listening carefully to what people are saying in Hong Kong and work toward a peaceful and calm resolution of what is a very, very serious issue,” said Morrison.
Morrison’s view seemed to be recapped in the words of a hospital worker. “Only one person can stop this violence. That is Carrie Lam,” said Wong Lok Yu, a staff member at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
In Hong Kong, there are 1,500 medical staff on the tennis courts of Queen Elizabeth Hospital to protest against the anti-violence activities in Yuen Long, New Territories. Police are required to enforce justice and enforce law effectively. pic.twitter.com/49OpyQ31Pm
— Randy Leung (@RandyLeung1) July 26, 2019
Tuesday’s protest by hospital staff was the latest in a series of island-wide demonstrations, sparked by the proposed extradition bill that would allow the Chinese communist party (CCP) to extradite suspects—Hong Kong residents and foreigners—to mainland China for trial.
The controversial bill triggered fears over the growing encroachment of the freedom the Hong Kong people that the CCP promised in 1997 when the British government handed over its former colony.
Since Sunday, the bloody eye patch inspired by the image of the injured woman, lying on the ground, with blood all over her face after her eye was hit by police, was worn by numerous protesters. The pro-democracy activists are using this image as a symbol of Hong Kong’s police violence and brutality.
Hong Kong police initially deny involvement, stating there was no evidence that the injury had been caused by their officers. On Tuesday, however, police said they would carry out an investigation.