Mention “body slam,” and one will picture beefed-up wrestlers squaring off in a ring or burly bouncers keeping out customers who have outstayed their welcome.
A Hong Kong senior town planner, however, actually pulled off the classic wrestling move on a college student at a town planning meeting, local media alleges.
Officials from the Hong Kong Town Planning Board (TPB) met with about forty members of the Northeast Town Planning Board group on Tuesday afternoon for a final round of public consultations on housing development in the rural New Territories region, according to a news report by local cable television i-cable.
At about 3:00 p.m. local time (2:00 a.m. Eastern time), about a dozen people dashed up to TPB officials to confront them over the outcome of the talks; TPB only accepted 300 out of 1,000 Northeast Town Planning Board member appeals.
During the fracas, 21-year-old Hong Kong Shue Yan College student Ng Cheuk-hang, who was photographing the incident, tried to move pass a row of tables to get a better angle.
That’s when Kevin Ng Chu-pan, a Senior Town Planner, grabbed the younger Ng and body slammed him, online news website Stand News claims.
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i-cable caught the surreal incident on film, and it was later reported during the daily news broadcast.
An ambulance was called, and the student, who injured his head and back, was hospitalized, according to local broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, building security officials linked arms to protect the town planner, who was escorted out by the police, according to Stand News.
In a follow-up phone call that evening, Stand News was told that the case had been transferred to the Eastern District police branch, no one has been arrested, and “investigations are still on-going.”
New Territories villagers who protested today are requesting that the student’s assailant be brought to justice, and are still petitioning the government to retract their redevelopment plans.