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!

    • simon6071
      simon6071  2 hours back

      @hong siuwai
      IDEO: When a Mob Attacked Protesters in Hong Kong, the Police Walked Away | Visual Investigations
      (5:57 - 6:08) The collusion between the Hong Kong police with the pro-communist gangsters who carried out the indiscriminate attack on Hong Kong people in Yuen Long was caught in video.The Hong Kong police has become gangster cops. Shame on you for supporting the gangster cops.
      "The 2019 Yuen Long attack was a mob attack that occurred on 21 July 2019 to 22 July 2019, in Yuen Long, Hong Kong.[8][9][10] A mob of over 100 armed men dressed in white indiscriminately attacked civilians on the streets and passengers in the Yuen Long MTR station[11][12] including the elderly, children,[13] black-clad protesters,[14] journalists and lawmakers.[15] At least 45 people were injured in the incident,[16] including a pregnant woman" -Wikipedia

    • hong siuwai
      hong siuwai  3 days back

      You showed only part of the story .
      The riot police were mobilized to Hong Kong island to deal with the rioters .
      The mobs in black started the fight with the mobs in white .
      They attacked the white shirts first with fire extinguisher and bring out the fire hydrant to spray water at the white shirts .
      Shouting democracy doesnot make them better mobs .
      Don't try to glorify mobs that are destorying my beloved city!
      I am a Hong Kong citizen.

    • Carl Bordeleau
      Carl Bordeleau  6 days 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  7 days back

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

    • Nomm Barcelona
      Nomm Barcelona  1 weeks back

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

  • Foonland
    Foonland  5 hours back

    this is why today no one trusts hk police anymore and fights back to anyone who comes to attack without calling police(many cases, police will arrest the victims and let the attackers go away) . now u see why hkers are fighting on the street? And now hk govt blames hkers are violence.

    • Jun Li
      Jun Li  9 hours back

      Oh my GOD!!!
      If the real HK policemen still had true heart, they should quit their "Job", and stand with the people!
      Then the people could see, how many fake HK policemen are there!

      • dylan kackzynski
        dylan kackzynski  15 hours back

        White shirts, overglorified thugs, wait until China's hiring death squads

        • kent neo
          kent neo  24 hours back

          This is a simple equation: violent black masked rioters, violent mafia thugs, violent police - all have one thing in common - all made in HK. Who incited all these hate? Pro-democrats, period.

          • Arnau valls
            Arnau valls  1 days back

            The same is happening in Spain, grups of right wing fascists armed with metal rods and sticks run towards the people while the police does nothing to avoid it. The police is corrupted in every state

            • ᄋᄋ
              ᄋᄋ  2 days back

              CCP supporters blame violent protesters and stay silent on this issue

              • Zihao Ding
                Zihao Ding  2 days back

                They were beating police during the day, when they got beaten , crying for police not help them.

                • BACA Supporter
                  BACA Supporter  2 days back

                  Man, if you (The NY Times) didn't exist, TONS of things would have never been uncovered. Thanks New York Times!

                  • Sony Suharto
                    Sony Suharto  3 days back

                    How about police of Indonesia? You can't see?

                    • Karina
                      Karina  3 days back

                      At least 45 people were injured in the incident, including a pregnant woman......

                      • BB CC
                        BB CC  3 days back

                        Journalists reveal the truth on the situation in Hong Kong

                        • I’m Blue
                          I’m Blue  4 days back

                          good job

                          • LoneIcon
                            LoneIcon  5 days back

                            Just wanna say the current PH Government and majority of their people dont trust NYT reports.

                            • Jared Peter
                              Jared Peter  5 days back

                              thank god for our second amendment

                              • SleepLess
                                SleepLess  5 days back

                                Pfff /pol/ could solve this in 4 days or less

                                • P7J
                                  P7J  5 days back

                                  Has anyone investigated if these triads are involved in other violence, like acting as agent provocateurs to
                                  encourage or stage violence in the protest marches?

                                  • Wilson Young
                                    Wilson Young  6 days back

                                    Get yourself a pressure cooker if you want to escalate the fun with the 黒警.

                                    • itjimarayo lee
                                      itjimarayo lee  6 days back

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

                                      • Achilles Bai
                                        Achilles Bai  6 days 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  6 days back

                                          I support White clothes mob

                                          • 3h21e2 Nh2
                                            3h21e2 Nh2  7 days back

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

                                            • Dennis King
                                              Dennis King  7 days back

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

                                              • Rayray
                                                Rayray  1 weeks back

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

                                                • Karina
                                                  Karina  3 days back

                                                  they are not HK police to us now,they are political tools of communist government

                                              • loci loco
                                                loci loco  1 weeks back

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

                                                • Nyani
                                                  Nyani  1 weeks back

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

                                                  • Oliver Winston
                                                    Oliver Winston  1 weeks back

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

                                                    • Cool Oh
                                                      Cool Oh  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                        New york times xD

                                                        • Mikmok Calunod
                                                          Mikmok Calunod  1 weeks back

                                                          They must used their belt to fight

                                                          • Darth Quuan
                                                            Darth Quuan  1 weeks back

                                                            China is like north korea

                                                            but with money and power

                                                            • ferry limardi
                                                              ferry limardi  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                              • DAN LI
                                                                DAN LI  1 weeks back

                                                                White is also Black.

                                                                • tangtang wzc
                                                                  tangtang wzc  1 weeks back

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

                                                                  • tangtang wzc
                                                                    tangtang wzc  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                                      • Elk
                                                                        Elk  1 weeks back

                                                                        3:47 that woman with the phone though XD

                                                                        • warrior sunshine
                                                                          warrior sunshine  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                                              The Hong Kong police force are truely evil.

                                                                              • joe jack
                                                                                joe jack  1 weeks back

                                                                                wow... Hong Kong police are truely corrupt.

                                                                                • Andrew Manook
                                                                                  Andrew Manook  1 weeks 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 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                  • Daniel
                                                                                    Daniel  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                • hoshi hyuuma
                                                                                  hoshi hyuuma  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                  • hoshi hyuuma
                                                                                    hoshi hyuuma  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                    • Wheat Harvester
                                                                                      Wheat Harvester  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Another faction emerges

                                                                                      • BESI MAN
                                                                                        BESI MAN  1 weeks back


                                                                                        • 千春蜂
                                                                                          千春蜂  1 weeks back