Hong Kong protests: Prince Edward MTR station death rumours are false, officials say again

Hong Kong protests: Prince Edward MTR station death rumours are false, officials say again

Images of clashes on night of August 31 released, while incorrect injury report attributed to counting error

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Riot police arrest an anti-government protester in Prince Edward station, where seven people were injured onthe night of August 31.
Photo: SCMP

The government and the MTR today continued to deny rumours of deaths caused by police actions during the ongoing protests. The rail company released some screenshots from security footage, but said privacy concerns meant not all the footage could be released.

At a joint press conference, the MTR, police, Fire Services Department, and Hospital Authority rejected the rumours that people had been killed, saying that seven people had been found injured in Prince Edward station.

Senior assistant chief ambulance officer, Lo Shun-tong, of the Fire Services Department, said the paramedic who first reported the number of injuries had made an error because people were dressed similarly and were moving around the platform.

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The rumours began after the paramedic said 10 people had been hurt, but that figure was then adjusted to seven, sparking claims that three had died. Andy Kung Chak-man, senior manager of the Hospital Authority, said 46 people – 35 men and 11 women – with injuries related to mass demonstrations across different districts on August 31 were sent to 10 hospitals. No one had died.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, ahead of a meeting with her cabinet, hit out at “rioters” who caused “crazy” damage at railway stations over the weekend, saying they needed to end those tactics so the city could move on and restore order. “The rule of law is an important core value of Hong Kong. The government would not endorse or support any act that goes against the rule of law,” she said. Her comments came after influential businessman Li Ka-shing suggested “Justice might have to be tempered with mercy on political issues”.

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Meanwhile, support for Lam has risen slightly, according to the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, after she announced the formal withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill, one of the five key demands of the protesters.

The data from pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu shows the city leader’s rating – a score out of 100 given by the respondents of what they think of her work – has risen to 25.4 from 24.6 in mid-August. This is a massive fall from the rating of 63.6 that she had at the start of her term.

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