The Hong Kong police wounded nine months ago was burned by corrosive liquid hurled during anti-government protest in the state, but the police officer name as LInd said that he has no regrets and remains loyal and devoted to being a law enforcer for the country.
Seven months of clashes last year have left the city bitterly divided with swathes of the population loathing police — and many officers feeling they have been unfairly vilified.
According to report, the police officer Ling have been given more powers under a sweeping new security law by Beijing that aims to crush, vanish the democracy movement once and for all.
“It’s undeniable that Hong Kong is part of China, it’s reasonable to set up a national security law on Chinese territory,” Ling told AFP in an interview at police headquarters the week before the new law was enacted.
“Every law is a tool. Your decision to violate this law makes us enforce it,” the 38-year-old added, asking to use a pseudonym because he feared reprisals from protesters.
AFP’s interview with Ling — and a second officer struck last year by an arrow — were arranged through the police force and a press officer remained present throughout.
Police have arrested more than 9,000 people during clashes and demonstrations against Beijing’s tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city.
Police have rejected any allegation of brutality, saying the force has matched the violence shown by protesters. N officer has been fired for their actions.
Officer Ling has paid a personal price for his work, the neck and chest sport a visible patch of twisted skin. He was struck by corrosive liquid on October 1 when unrest swept through the city on China’s National Day. Many people wounded including the reporters on the same attack.
Ling uniform dissolved in front of his eyes, and the initial searing pain faded as his nerve endings dissolved, but the healing process was excruciating as they grew back, aided by five surgeries, including skin grafts.
Ling, who returned to street duty in January, said he was trying not to thing about his attacker.
“It would be a good thing if he was caught, but if not, it’s meaningless to go down that blind alley,” he said.
Police say around 600 officers were injured in last year’s protests. Last week an officer was stabbed in the shoulder during demonstrations against the new security law.
At least 2,600 protesters and bystanders have been treated in hospital although the real figure is likely to be higher because many sought underground treatment, fearing arrest on wards.
Hong Kong’s police once dubbed themselves “Asia’s Finest” and they continue to receive full-throated support from the local government, Beijing and those opposed to the protests.
But in many neighbourhoods officers are insulted with graffiti and angry heckles.
A survey by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute in May showed a record 44 percent of respondents rated the force’s performance at “zero”.