HONG KONG, Nov 29 – Joshua Wong, the most prominent of Hong Kong’s student protest leaders, alleged he was assaulted by police who used excessive force — including repeatedly grabbing his genitals — during his arrest at pro-democracy demonstrations. Wong, 18, made the claims after appearing in court Thursday charged with obstructing officers clearing a protest site in the city’s Mong Kok district the day earlier.
Wong’s lawyer, Michael Vidler, told CNN his client had been “clearly targeted by police.” “Excessive force was used and he was assaulted while he was on the ground,” said Vidler. “Police kicked and punched him and effectively sexually assaulted him — his private parts were grabbed repeatedly and painfully. We’re considering our next steps and will decide over the next few days how to proceed.”