It also toppled the firewall between the mainland's Communist Party-controlled courts and Hong Kong's vaunted independent judiciary. Tactics first developed during the 1967 riots were again on full display, most notably in the repeated deployment of dedicated riot squads equipped with short shields and batons. Bejing also responded with criticism after Britain announced plans to open up a path to citizenship for nearly three million Hong Kongers. Senior British officers in the Hong Kong police force could face legal action in the UK on torture charges after activists said on Monday that they plan to proceed with a private prosecution. Danyal Hussain For Mailonline, Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai is arrested by Chinese authorities in raid on his newspaper office under new security law, China sanctions 11 US citizens including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in retaliation for U.S. restrictions on Hong Kong's top officials - but Beijing does not hit ANY Trump officials. To confront the legacy of colonial violence it left behind in Hong Kong, the U.K. must do more than merely speak out. The most notorious incident of the events on June 12 was the firing of a tear gas cylinder at Democratic Party legislator Wu Chi-wai, who was peaceably approaching a police unit following brutal scenes of that same unit of officers beating unarmed demonstrators. The Royal Hong Kong Police Force (RHKP) reverted to its former name after the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to People's Republic of China. The British government should consider holding its own inquiries if Hong Kong fails to do so. The editor of Lai's Apple Daily paper said its journalists would not be intimidated by the raid after staff posted a live-stream of dozens of police on their premises. Hong Kong protests: Police use ‘UK-made tear gas’ in violent crackdown on activists. None of the officers who could face prosecution have been named. Members of the Force fought and died in both World Wars, in Europe and the Far East. Police later said all were meant to be warning shots, as the officers felt their lives were under threat. Unions have asked a British MP to apologise to the Hong Kong police for naming a superintendent during a parliamentary debate, claiming the officer gave the order to … The success of HKPF techniques in Britain meant a new generation of police officers, including Dover, were trained in them even before they arrived in the then-colony. Hong Kong’s Police Violence Is Stamped ‘Made in U.K.’. They are among 50 expats in the 32,000-strong police force in Hong Kong; As the clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong grow fiercer and the number of arrests soars, there is fury over the leading role played by senior British officers in cracking down on pro-democracy protesters. Hong Kong’s status as a colony was exploited by the HKPF as a potential testing ground for new strategies that would be deemed too extreme for use in Britain. When war came again in 1941, an unknown number of police officers and reserves - Chinese, Indian, European and Eurasian - had their lives taken by the Japanese during both the main c… The officers are accused of directly engaging in torture against pro-democracy demonstrators, or directing others within the force to carry out the crimes. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai is escorted by Correctional Services officers to get on a prison van before appearing in a court, in Hong Kong, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. 16:25 GMT 10 Aug 2020. Many of those officers are British, and as such, they are subject to British law.'. Nearly a hundred Hong Kong police officers, two of them British, have been honoured for their service to the territory during last year’s pro-democracy protests, despite claims of … British army personnel have returned to Hong Kong to drill police officers on ceremonial protocol and practices (AFP Photo/RICHARD A. BROOKS) More Hong Kong (AFP) - Nearly 20 years after Hong Kong was returned to China, the British army is back -- this time to train the city's police force on crucial matters of pomp and ceremony. Senior British officers in the Hong Kong police force could face legal action in the UK on torture charges after activists said on Monday that they plan to proceed with a private prosecution. Mr KONG Hok-lai, Kelvin joined the Hong Kong Police Force as an Inspector of Police in 1996. And almost 35 years to the day of Orgreave, the HKPF engaged in a series of brutal clashes with peaceful and unarmed protesters outside the Legislative Council building. To this end, Quine proposed initiating a program of 10-week crash courses for officers in techniques including kettling, the use of tear gas, and crowd control, with an eye to rapidly improving the British police’s ability to respond to civil unrest. Over the years in the Force, Mr KONG devoted most of his career in the Security Wing, besides various posts at the Police Headquarters and in frontline operational command. Senior British officers in the Hong Kong police force could face legal action in the UK on torture charges after activists said Monday they planned to proceed with a private prosecution. Violence erupts at rally after thousands gather at a park to call for greater democratic freedoms in China-ruled city. The officers joined the police force while Hong Kong was still under British rule, in the 1990s, and now occupy senior roles. The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) is the primary law enforcement, investigation agency, and largest disciplined service under the Security Bureau of Hong Kong. On Thursday, more than two months into the worst unrest this city has seen in decades, senior police officers invited a group of journalists to the towering police headquarters in Hong Kong… Danyal Hussain For Mailonline Police criticised for using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and batons to force crowds back Like it or loathe it drill is an essential part of soldiering and for those in the Hong Kong Police force, it’s just as important. Two police officers were beaten bloody by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong today as violence erupted at a rally calling for greater democratic freedoms in the heart of the city. The moment a police officer shot an 18-year-old protester from point-blank range was captured on video in Hong Kong, Tuesday, October 1. 14:29 GMT 10 Aug 2020 FILE - A police officer displays a warning banner on Oct. 1, 2020, China's National Day, in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. The focus on drama risks ignoring the hard slog of resistance. Only 45 expatriate officers remain on the 30,000-strong Hong Kong police force. The legal action, if it goes ahead, will be led by London-based lawyers Edmunds Marshall McMahon, which describes itself as the 'only specialist private prosecution law firm' in the country. June 12 saw HKPF officers use rubber bullets, beanbag rounds, and pepper spray on peaceful protesters and riot police beating unarmed demonstrators senseless, on the orders of Dover and others, and in the most infamous incident of all, Shave ordered a tear gas round to be fired at an unarmed approaching legislator. Lai, 71, was led away in handcuffs and arrested along with six others on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces - one of the new offences under the law - and fraud. By … At the center of the heavily criticized police response to the recent protests are three senior British police officers: chief superintendent Rupert Dover, senior superintendent David Jordan, and superintendent Justin Shave. 'The people of Hong Kong have suffered sustained brutality at the hands of the Hong Kong Police Force,' said Luke de Pulford, a member of the human rights group, Hong Kong Watch. A few minutes later, he tripped and ended up on the ground—only to be piled on by dozens of protesters, who took evident delight in beating him. In this Hong Kong triad movie, it's Chinese v. British—not gangster v. police. He generally acts as second in command in a head quarter. Three prominent Hong Kong … Police in the United Kingdom, widely criticized for their handling of the race riots that same year, had requested help from Roy Henry, the then-police commissioner of Hong Kong… Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, right, and Ivan Lam, left, are escorted by Correctional Services officers to get on a prison van before appearing in a court, in Hong Kong… You must be a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and have lived in Hong Kong for at least seven years. Quine’s recommendations to British police included instituting dedicated units of officers—“riot suppression units,” each with a particular responsibility to fulfill, such as arresting demonstrators (“snatch squads”), firing tear gas, or crowd intimidation. 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