When a Mob Attacked Protesters in Hong Kong, the Police Walked Away | Visual Investigations


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  • Barbara Marcolini
    Barbara Marcolini  3 months back

    Hi! I'm Barbara, one of the producers of this piece. I've been following the protests in Hong Kong closely and wanted to give you a little insight about how we did this story. Feel free to also ask questions in the comments — I'll try to answer as many as possible!

    On Sunday, July 21, I was monitoring the protests on social media and began to see images of men in white T-shirts beating one individual. Initially, I didn't think this incident was related to the anti-government protests. But as the night went on, it became clear that it was an attack on demonstrators. My colleague Haley Willis and I collected dozens of videos that were circulating on social media, and our colleague Rebecca Lai watched hours of videos from livestreams published by activists and news organizations. Together, we were able to build a comprehensive timeline of how the events unfolded.

    More than the violence promoted by the men in white T-shirts, what really caught our attention was the action (or lack of action) by the police officers we saw on camera. As we analyzed the footage, we noted that they at no point tried to de-escalate the violence or arrest the perpetrators. Our colleagues Tiffany May and Austin Ramzy, who are based in Hong Kong, spoke with witnesses who confirmed what we saw in the footage: the police officers were aware of the situation, but still didn't act to prevent or control the violence.

    If you liked this story — and got to this point in my comment! — you may also like this investigation about the Hong Kong police force’s excessive use of force against demonstrators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHfWuUhrKQg.

    Thanks for watching!

    • Carl Bordeleau
      Carl Bordeleau  6 hours back

      @什么样子世界 Because of the American constitution, citizen can defend their life and property against organized crime attack and corrupted police attack.

      If the State or government is the only one with the right to defend your life and it do not fulfill it's responsibilities or even worse use organized crime and police against it's population then there is two option: 1) you accept you are doomed or 2) you fight your government for your right to defend yourself.

    • 什么样子世界
      什么样子世界  17 hours back

      Hi, what do US police do when those kind violence behavior happnes in USA?

    • Nomm Barcelona
      Nomm Barcelona  1 days back

      hi will you try to report the force suicide claims in Hong Kong?

    • Carl Bordeleau
      Carl Bordeleau  3 days back

      @I Am Aoi You misunderstand the concept of communism and totalitarianism. By the way, China isn't communism. Do your research before saying nonsense, plz.

    • Si Filey
      Si Filey  6 days back

      UNITE Africa, Middle East, South America and Asia UNITE and take a stand to Western Colonial Oppression.
      Help Me Fight this Global Oppression.
      *I'm only small but we will grow*

      *Raphael Lemkin* - *One of the people Responsible for Colonialism genocide and cultural cleansing upon Asia Africa North Americas South America and Australia*

  • itjimarayo lee
    itjimarayo lee  1 hours back

    Hopefully Hong kong wl get freedom by early 2020 if not late 2019 #Support for Hong kong Freedom 👍

    • Achilles Bai
      Achilles Bai  6 hours back

      this is not truth for about HongKong. It's an excuse for lies that thugs and black journalists are weaving together. The atrocities of the real HongKong mob are heinous.The demonstrators are terrorista,the voice of an oradinary HongKong citizen.

      • Suen Lim
        Suen Lim  7 hours back

        I support White clothes mob

        • 3h21e2 Nh2
          3h21e2 Nh2  13 hours back

          Pro-Rioters media Omegalul thanks for sharing the lie Omegalul.

          • Dennis King
            Dennis King  22 hours back

            Thank you for the report, the world needs to know.

            • Rayray
              Rayray  1 days back

              What happen to the HK police? I thought they used to be the good guys

              • loci loco
                loci loco  1 days back

                First they attack the police and now they are crying that they dont help them 😂😂

                • Nyani
                  Nyani  1 days back

                  My heart goes out to Hong Kong and it's people fighting for freedom.

                  • Oliver Winston
                    Oliver Winston  2 days back

                    The police in Hong Kong are just like "damned if you and damned if you don't" eh!

                    • Cool Oh
                      Cool Oh  2 days back

                      omg youtube is blocking the videos of hk protester burning their streets and destroys mall they got no brain no thank you hk poster not welcomed in usa

                      • Black lizard
                        Black lizard  2 days back

                        New york times xD

                        • Mikmok Calunod
                          Mikmok Calunod  2 days back

                          They must used their belt to fight

                          • Darth Quuan
                            Darth Quuan  2 days back

                            China is like north korea

                            but with money and power

                            • ferry limardi
                              ferry limardi  2 days back

                              Yeah right when the mob did this they are saying this is wrong doing...but when the protestors did all the violent and vandalism they didnt say this is a wrong doing....what a hypocrite

                              • Celestial Star
                                Celestial Star  2 days back

                                Police is also human with real emotions and feeling.

                                Mobs rioting for so long and insulted the police + accused them of many stuff.

                                I won't even be surprised if police decided to walk slowly to give man in white some time hit mobs.

                                Call the police for what? U wanted to get rid of the police for months then when u need help u can still remember to beg for police help.

                                • Daniel
                                  Daniel  2 days back

                                  Some of the people who were attacked had nothing to do with the protest

                              • DAN LI
                                DAN LI  2 days back

                                White is also Black.

                                • tangtang wzc
                                  tangtang wzc  3 days back

                                  New York times. Famously biased media. Thank you for showing me not to trust u.

                                  • tangtang wzc
                                    tangtang wzc  3 days back

                                    Yeah sure...just pretend u ignore the protestors are the ones destroy every public faclitities and hit others even foreigners.

                                    • Bezliel Khor
                                      Bezliel Khor  3 days back

                                      It's easy let the dogs bite....rearing them for dirty works....

                                      • Elk
                                        Elk  3 days back

                                        3:47 that woman with the phone though XD

                                        • warrior sunshine
                                          warrior sunshine  4 days back

                                          it reminds me rss goons attacking on muslims of india and police always left or help tht mobs...even in kashmir...army is doing same with kashmiri people as police is doing in hong kong..i,m with u people of hong kong...never lose hope...free urself

                                          • warrior sunshine
                                            warrior sunshine  4 days back

                                            hi...i,m ashamed of being a human..there is brutality every where...just look at this world...whats going on humans...i,m feeling sad...shame on this police and mobs...we are with u in this protest...love from pakistan

                                            • joe jack
                                              joe jack  4 days back

                                              The Hong Kong police force are truely evil.

                                              • joe jack
                                                joe jack  4 days back

                                                wow... Hong Kong police are truely corrupt.

                                                • Andrew Manook
                                                  Andrew Manook  4 days back

                                                  Because the rioters attacked the police prior, why should the police risk their lives of some ungrateful people who would attack them later on?

                                                  • Daniel
                                                    Daniel  1 days back

                                                    @Andrew Manook there was no riots going on at the time, they was going home, innocent people was attacked and it's very clear that the police made a deal with the gang

                                                  • Andrew Manook
                                                    Andrew Manook  2 days back

                                                    @Daniel No they would attack the police afterwards, not only that the police lines are stretched thin BECAUSE of the rioters.

                                                  • Daniel
                                                    Daniel  2 days back

                                                    Because it their job to protect, it doesn't matter what their opinion on it is

                                                • hoshi hyuuma
                                                  hoshi hyuuma  4 days back

                                                  I stopped buying Made in China products. My money will not assist such brutality. People should do the same.

                                                  • hoshi hyuuma
                                                    hoshi hyuuma  4 days back

                                                    Thank you for the report. Mobs are corrupted as the police.

                                                    • Wheat Harvester
                                                      Wheat Harvester  4 days back

                                                      Another faction emerges

                                                      • BESI MAN
                                                        BESI MAN  4 days back


                                                        • 千春蜂
                                                          千春蜂  4 days back


                                                          • bhunep neppoho
                                                            bhunep neppoho  4 days back

                                                            Its the goverment and bejing responsible for violence in hk

                                                            • jessica jessica
                                                              jessica jessica  4 days back

                                                              Not only protesters, many are citizens living there, confirmed one pregnant woman got injured. China and HK Gov allow police work with those gangers (who support police and said love CHINA ) to hurt HK pp, let pp afraid n try to stop further protest on street. In these few mths , we clearly can see how dirty CHINA treat our pp, we 're so angry. After that, many times the police let the mobs left (support police and said love CHINA) who hold the long knife n axes to hurt pp wore black, but the police arrest the black only who did nothing. Now HK is a State police with Govt support, even police break the law, lie on media n no one get punish. Police also worn like the protestors did anythings. Now they arrest anyone on street (especially teenager) with no reason , with any charge but finally release . The gov n Police did these again try to make pp afraid n dont do any protest.

                                                              • kig jag
                                                                kig jag  5 days back

                                                                People call the anti-government protesters beasts but China is making them look like it look at the mob the protesters are only protecting themselves. This is not a riot but a fight for life

                                                                • PolskaWalczaca
                                                                  PolskaWalczaca  5 days back

                                                                  WE ARE ALL HONG KONGERS NOW.
                                                                  STAND UP FIGHT OR TOMORROW IT WILL BE TOO LATE!!!

                                                                  • Creed Mob
                                                                    Creed Mob  5 days back

                                                                    there will be a civil war in hong kong soon just you wait

                                                                    • Nguyễn Tuan
                                                                      Nguyễn Tuan  6 days back

                                                                      The Chinese are so cruel, I support the protests in Hong Kong

                                                                      • Randall FAN
                                                                        Randall FAN  3 days back

                                                                        Way to go dude!!!! thanks for your support! God bless you

                                                                    • Richard Yang
                                                                      Richard Yang  6 days back

                                                                      DIVIDE and CONQUER and the Western Press biased and hypocrisy on so many issues.
                                                                      What a shame !

                                                                      All the victims of sectarian and tribal violence worldwide should sue all BIASED and EVIL MEDIA for damages. It's time for HK Gov. to completely ban Western Social Media and kick all of the foreign reporters out of HK unless they can report fairly.

                                                                      • Richard Yang
                                                                        Richard Yang  6 days back

                                                                        @alex yin LOL. We will ship traitors like you soon to UK, Canada or USA. There you can smash their subways and attack their police if you are not HAPPY about anything.

                                                                        But keep in mind, their police are not very nice and they don't deal with your BS like in Hong Kong.

                                                                      • alex yin
                                                                        alex yin  6 days back

                                                                        Richard Yang dang the Chinese spies are growing

                                                                    • D Andy
                                                                      D Andy  6 days back

                                                                      The truth of the world is always on the other side of your mind.
                                                                      If you have friends in Hong Kong and take part in the parade, please ask them how much they can get one day from organizer of the March
                                                                      If you know the truth of the matter, you will feel this moment is just, not be blinded by ulterior video editors.
                                                                      The protestors just beaten the restrained police, even snapped police fingers and threw petrol bombs at them. On protestors way home, the mob was beaten up by another group of people from different standpoints, while the demonstrators demanded the police to protect them. If I were a policeman, I would not heed the demands of the mob.

                                                                      • Pwofessa
                                                                        Pwofessa  6 days back

                                                                        I remember going to Hong Kong as a child and having fun there, now it’s just full on corrupt

                                                                        • Speedwagon Foundation
                                                                          Speedwagon Foundation  7 days back

                                                                          dont attack the police and expect them to help you

                                                                          • NexusProxy
                                                                            NexusProxy  7 days back

                                                                            Drive on Hong Kong!

                                                                            • Jason X
                                                                              Jason X  1 weeks back


                                                                              • Zirui liu
                                                                                Zirui liu  1 weeks back

                                                                                Meanwhile, the new York Times is silent while rioters throw molotov cocktails and smash shops。

                                                                                • Splinter- Memes
                                                                                  Splinter- Memes  4 days back

                                                                                  @alex yin I feel like the 721 and today is something different. He isn't justifying them but rather stating what the protestors have done.

                                                                                • alex yin
                                                                                  alex yin  6 days back

                                                                                  Zirui liu lmao these Chinese spies trying to justify police apathy and mass violence

                                                                              • Nom Nom
                                                                                Nom Nom  1 weeks back

                                                                                Theres a guy injured and you sit on a chair saying its for "security reason's"

                                                                                • Alexus Stukov
                                                                                  Alexus Stukov  1 weeks back

                                                                                  They say commies hired thugs to do their dirty works LOL! Even western countries do that - Hire thugs do the dirty work that is! They even gave them funds and armaments! So what's the difference!?

                                                                                  • Phan Nguyen
                                                                                    Phan Nguyen  1 weeks back

                                                                                    So Hongkong protesters should wear white t-shirt also

                                                                                    • badrun run
                                                                                      badrun run  1 weeks back

                                                                                      perlu sewa anak STM nih