Hong Kong police were caught violently apprehending an Occupy Central protester on Thursday, Nov. 6.
At Argyle Street, Mong Kok, police and pro-democracy protesters were involved in a standoff that started at about 11:00 p.m. Hong Kong time on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
During the confrontation at approximately 2:00 a.m. HKT, police suddenly seized a protester in a black shirt who was at the front of the crowd, and manhandled him to the back of the police line.
The crowd started shouting “Police are beating people!” but they were prevented from aiding the protester by the advancing policemen.
The incident was caught on video and uploaded to Youtube.
According to China Uncensored, the standoff was not an official clearing of Argyle Street, but partly because anti-Occupy Central “blue ribbon” protesters caused trouble with the police, and also because of a misunderstanding about the “V for Vendetta” Guy Fawkes masks that protesters were wearing.
Protesters donned the movie prop on Nov. 5 to take part in the Million Mask March, an international event to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day that is organized by the hacktivist group Anonymous.
“Now being hailed ‘The Most Influential Group in the World,’ Anonymous has caught the passionate attention of millions. With our annual Nov. 5th global event known as Million Mask March (in commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day), we have for the last two consecutive years organized ‘The Largest World Protest,'” the group explains on their website.
In the Wachowski’s movie, V is a freedom fighter seeking to take down a totalitarian British government in a fictional future dystopia.