People across the world have been wowed by the martial arts skills of a Hong Kong protester who took out a police officer with a flying kick to stop him arresting someone.
Footage of the stunt has been shared widely online after it was filmed in Grand Plaza in Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
In the video, the riot police officer can be seen grabbing and kicking at a protester who is being pulled back by another person. Just as the pair attempt to break away, a third protester comes flying onto the screen foot-first.
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The protester, who is thought to be a man, wouldn’t have looked out of place in an action film as he arrived on the scene dressed in black and wearing a mask, like the ultimate ninja.
His flying kick appeared to strike the officer on his neck, knocking his head backwards and causing him to fall to the ground. In the process, the officer let go of the protester he had been grabbing, suggesting the flying kick saved him from getting arrested.
The attacker also landed on the ground but quickly sprung back to his feet and fled out of sight as two other protesters appeared and started attacking the officer, with one wielding some sort of plank or bat. The other seemed to try and pull the officer’s gun away from him before giving up and sprinting away.
Following the brawl, the officer got to his feet, seemingly uninjured.
The protester’s flying kick has been compared to the actions of martial artist Bruce Lee:
Meanwhile in #HongKong this dramatic video just started making the rounds. Just wait for it…a flying kick. Apparently as a protestor and riot police officer push and pull over another protestor, someone powers up and channels Bruce Lee. Or Street Fighter. #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/ahRJRJ3XeE
— Ramy Inocencio 英若明 (@RamyInocencio) October 13, 2019
🎥 Bruce Lee Lives!: pic.twitter.com/d2JqMNL5Ft
Two #HongKong Protestors struggle with a Police officer who kicks one, Then out of the Blue….A Bruce Lee "Flying Man" Kick saves them an knocks the Police officer down! #BruceLee #HongKongProtests
— Bruce Lee The Dragon (@bruceleedragon1) October 14, 2019
But while some are impressed by the dramatic stunt, others have used the scene as an example of how Hong Kong protesters are attacking police.
Anti-Beijing protests have been going on for months in Hong Kong following a proposal to enact a new law that would have meant criminal suspects could be sent to mainland China to stand trial. Critics feared this could undermine Hong Kong’s judicial independence and endanger dissidents, BBC News reports.
— Connienick52 (@connienick52) October 13, 2019
The bill has since been withdrawn but protesters reportedly said this was ‘too little, too late’, with protests becoming increasingly violent.
While the above video is evidence of the protesters’ attacks on police, the authorities have been accused of violent acts of their own.
Police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags to disperse protesters occupying roads. According to the Hong Kong Free Press, one police recruit actually quit his training and joined the protests after seeing the way the authorities were behaving.
Nice kick and good team spirit👍🏻
You may harm the police but you definitely save a life, as you don’t know what the police will do to the protesters. #hkpolicebrutality #HongKongPolice pic.twitter.com/lbCeP3q2Cq
— bxggejagqfdak😷 (@yshafbshafeh) October 13, 2019
Referring to officers from the Special Tactical Squad, he commented:
I started to have doubts after watching the news… I will never forget that scene: Raptors charged at a student who had surrendered, and hit him with batons while he lay on the ground.
That was inconsistent with the use of force guidelines that I was learning in Police College.
The BBC reports China’s president, Xi Jinping, has issued a warning against dissent, saying any attempt to divide China will end in ‘bodies smashed and bones ground to powder’.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.