Hong Kong Law & Crime Politics & Protest

‘Lying has become a norm’: Hong Kong police falsely accused protesters of blocking ambulances, democrats say

Pro-democracy lawmakers have said the police have falsely accused protesters of blocking ambulances as they arrived at Wan Chai’s police headquarters during a protest last Friday.

Protesters surrounded the building for almost 15 hours, demanding Police Commissioner Stephen Lo speak to them and arrested anti-extradition law protesters be released. They also called for the characterisation of the June 12 protests as a “riot” be withdrawn.

paramedia police headquarters

Paramedics outside the police headquarters’ gate. Photo: inmediahk.net.

Police said in a statement that, during the demonstration, ambulances were called at 9:33pm to receive staff who needed medical attention, including personnel who had long-term illnesses, cancer, and one who was pregnant. The force claimed that the ambulances took over an hour to arrive because of obstruction intentionally caused by protesters.

But protesters said that when paramedics arrived at the police headquarters it took 20 minutes for them to open the gate. An HKFP reporter observed protesters making way for medics, with the ambulances leaving the area at around midnight.

Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki and Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung were on the scene at the time. They said on a Commercial Radio programme on Monday that an ambulance arrived right outside the premises.

See also: Hong Kong police HQ besieged by protesters following long day of dissent – Part I

june 21 china extradition protest (33)

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

“Ambulances had no problem entering at all. Regardless of how many people were there, people always opened up a path for ambulances,” said Kwok, who is also a doctor. He added that there were also some first-aiders responding.

Kwok Ka-ki Fernando Cheung

Kwok Ka-ki and Fernando Cheung. Photo: Commercial Radio screenshot.

Patrick Lee, a deputy director at the Hong Kong Police College, arrived on the scene at around 11pm on Friday, saying that he had finished work at the college. When interviewed by reporters at the time, he claimed that protesters did not allow paramedics to go into the police headquarters.

HKFP Lens: Cleaners and officers clear graffiti, barricades and eggshells from police HQ after angry protest

“Is it the case that our staff are not humans to you?” Lee said at the time.

Patrick Lee police headquarters

Patrick Lee speaking outside police headquarters. Photo: TVB screenshot.

But Kwok said Lee was telling lies, as he had asked every single person exiting the building if they need any help from him as a doctor: “No-one barred [police staff] from coming out,” Kwok said. “[Lee’s remarks] show us that police tell lies.”

“I have no confidence in what police say anymore,” he added.

Paramedic police headquarters

Paramedic outside police headquarters’ gate. Photo: inmediahk.net.

Cheung said police were clearly telling lies to “smear protesters.”

“Lying has become a norm for officials. I cannot believe they would lie when we were there and the media were live-broadcasting the scene,” he said.

june 21 china extradition protest

Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

During the June 12 protests, tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags were deployed to clear protesters occupying roads, as crowds pushed forward into police lines throwing objects. At least 76 were injured and 32 were arrested, including eight who were released unconditionally later.

june 21 china extradition protest

Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

Legal amendments were proposed in February to allow the city to handle case-by-case extradition requests from jurisdictions with no prior agreements – most notably China. Lawyersjournalistsforeign politicians and businesses have raised concerns over the risk of residents being extradited to the mainland, which lacks human rights protections. The bill was suspended after mass protests.


The Hong Kong Free Press #PressForFreedom 2019 Funding Drive seeks to raise HK$1.2m to support our non-profit newsroom and dedicated team of multi-media, multi-lingual reporters. HKFP is backed by readers, run by journalists and is immune to political and commercial pressure. This year’s critical fundraiser will provide us with the essential funds to continue our work into next year.

funding drive press for freedom

'Lying has become a norm': Hong Kong police falsely accused protesters of blocking ambulances, democrats say