In response to the ill-treatment of a female protester outside Tin Shui Wai Police Station last night (Aug 4), we condemn the police’s brutality and disproportionate use of force in handling the subdued protester. The female protester’s clothing was pulled up, exposing her private parts. We doubt the urgency and necessity of removing the female protester on site.
The right to freedom of assembly and expression should be recognised and protected regardless of gender. The arrest of women should be conducted by female officers, in order to safeguard the rights and dignity of the woman under arrest.
According to the spokesperson of the Police, the female protester was stripped because she was wearing a skirt and “struggled vigorously”. We would like to reiterate that protesters’ clothing is not an excuse for the police’s sexual violence last night, and that this could constitute discrimination against the victim of sexual violence.