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Hong Kong police officers arrested for beating a man on a hospital bed

The footage shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth. Source: YouTube

The footage shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth amid ongoing tensions in the city.

Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested on Tuesday after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital bed, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality

The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth.

There are no other people in the room as the officers take turns to abuse the patient over several minutes.

Police said the man was under arrest at the time.

"It is clear that the actions committed by the police officers concerned are unlawful," police spokesman John Tse said, adding that police viewed the video for the first time on Tuesday.

"So far, two involved officers were arrested for assault occasioning actual bodily harm."

He vowed a full, independent probe, insisting "police officers are never allowed to use abusive force for their own sake".

Protesters took to the streets once again over the weekend.
Protesters took to the streets once again over the weekend.
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The incident is likely to further fuel anger towards the stretched police force.

Pro-democracy protesters, who have staged weeks of rallies throughout the city, have called for an independent inquiry into the police response which has included frequent use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

The force has become the loathed face of the Hong Kong government, and small groups of hardcore protesters have frequently clashed with frontline officers.

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