The sit-in protest in Hong Kong international airport continued for a fifth straight day on Tuesday (Aug 13), with protesters using the phrase “an eye for an eye” in protest against excessive police brutality, according to a report by The Straits Times (ST).
- Protesters in Hong Kong have occupied its airport for five straight days, resulting in closures on Monday (Aug 12) and Tuesday (Aug 13).
- An image of a bloodied eye and the phrase “an eye for an eye” have emerged as symbols of the latest anti-government protests.
- The eye is a reference to a female medic who was allegedly blinded in one eye after police shot at the crowd in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday night (Aug 11).
- Incensed protesters have rallied behind her injury as a symbol of excess police brutality toward protesters.
As seen on social media videos, anti-extradition protesters chanted the phrase over and over while occupying the airport’s arrival and departure halls. The airport suspended operations a second time on Tuesday evening, after managing to briefly reopen in the morning and afternoon.
As protesters moving up from the arrival hall, they chanted "5 demands, not one less" and later "Police, an eye for an eye" #HongKongProtests #HongKong #HongKongAirport #antiELAB pic.twitter.com/raW7HuG3wH
— throwawayconstant (@throwawayconst1) August 13, 2019
“An eye for an eye” took on literal meaning for protesters after a young woman was allegedly blinded in one eye after police fired a projectile into the crowd in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday night (Aug 11), ST reported.
The woman – who is believed to be a medic – was injured after the projectile penetrated her safety goggles, with viral photos on social media showing a pair of safety goggles with a beanbag round lodged in them at the spot she was allegedly hit.
— 小豆 (@EcPuiyan) August 12, 2019
HK Riot Police fired bullet and headshot a young lady. I am not sure whether her right eye will turn blind or not but it is totally insane and terrible. US should not export tear gas and rubber bullet to HK Police anymore. pic.twitter.com/R9gZKZysaO
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) August 11, 2019
What is a beanbag round? Defence technology company Security Devices International defines it as a projectile made of a small fabric pillow filled with lead pellets.
While it is considered a less-lethal weapon, it can cause injuries requiring “medical attention at a hospital” and even death, the company stated on its website.