Medical worker in Occupy Mong Kok: I saw female student indecently assaulted
Mr. Tsang arrived the Mong Kok Occupied zone at around 5:20pm. He is a nurse by profession and also a supporter for the Occupy movement. He participated in previous Occupy protests before and since he heard the news of groups of thugs trying to provoke and attack the Occupy protesters in Mong Kok, he decided to come to Mong Kok this afternoon and try to use his professional knowledge to help and protect the students.
Upon arrival, he joined a team of Occupy volunteers and entered the area near the main stage and the HSBC building, at which time was already surrounded by the “anti-Occupy protesters”. He joined other Occupy protesters to form a human chain in order to protect the main stage and other Occupy protesters.
At around 5:30pm, Mr. Tsang witnessed a female student being indecently assaulted by the “anti-Occupy protesters”. A female student tried to enter the Occupied zone near the HSBC building, where it was surrounded by a large group of the “anti-Occupy protesters”. According to Mr. Tsang, a man at his 40’s, wearing striped white T-shirt, shouted to others, “We can’t beat her (the female student) even if we don’t like her!”. As he shouted, he held the female student from her back, both hands touching her breast. As she struggled and released herself from the man, she ran to join the Occupying crowd, while the man was laughing.
Mr. Tsang said he also witnessed a lot of Occupy protesters being assaulted. He himself had helped out 3 cases of injury. For the first case, a man was kicked at his genital. He was fine after basic check up and stayed on the scene afterwards. The second case was more serious and involved a young male. His eye was hit by a hard object and there was a lot of bleeding. A doctor offered help and decided that he had to be taken to the hospital immediately. However, as the “anti-Occupy protesters” were surrounding the scene and refused to let the paramedics to leave, it took a long time before the injured can be taken away. The third case was also a male. He was beaten in the head by the “anti-Occupy protesters” and felt dizzy. But he chose to stay after basic check up and treatment. He said that it was very chaotic at the scene and the “anti-Occupy protesters” were causing the clashes.
As the evening set in, more supporters for the Occupy moved in, and “counter-surrounded” the “anti-Occupy protesters”. The latter disappeared gradually as they saw themselves became the minority. Mr. Tsang reported that the scene became calm again.
He said there was seriously insufficient medical supply on the scene in Mong Kok and that there were only two nurses and no doctor in the Occupy medical team. In addition to this, there were four nurses who volunteered on the scene. Mr. Tsang reckoned that, given the limited medical supplies, it was dangerous if there would be massive arrest or further clashes provoked by the "anti-Occupy protesters”.
Mr. Tsang said he would continue to stay until the Occupy protesters became safe again. He wanted to protect the students and citizens using his professional knowledge.