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Chinese state media have called a Hong Kong policeman a hero after footage and images of him pointing a gun at protesters caused controversy.
The clash took place on July 30 outside Kwai Chung police station when protesters gathered to show support for dozens of activists who had been arrested and charged with rioting.
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Beijing's state broadcaster CCTV said it supported the officer's decision to raise the weapon when he was faced with 'rioters'. The station lauded the policeman's dedication and professionalism in dealing with the chaos.
In a talk show yesterday, a female CCTV anchor praised the Hong Kong police officer for fending off 'rioters' at the front line. She said the Hong Kong police team safeguarded social order as well as the people they loved.
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She also quoted the policeman in question, nicknamed 'bald Lau Sir'. She said the officer claimed that Hong Kong police were capable of dealing with these rioters, but they were stuck between the choices of beating them or not beating them because the rioters were also Chinese.
The anchor concluded: 'We 1.4 billion Chinese people are standing right behind you to safeguard you.
'Lau Sir, we support you!'
While state newspaper Global Times said the officer was forced to raise the gun in an act of self-defence after he and another colleague were attacked by throngs of activists.
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The newspaper said Lau Sir 'has moved the entire country' with the act before condemning the protesters.
The article said the protesters, mostly wearing black clothing, had created 'a black terror' by attacking police with bricks, wooden clubs and laser pointers.
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A separate CCTV post on China's Twitter-like Weibo released a picture which apparently showed Lau Sir sustaining an eye injury. The report said the officer was wounded after protesters aimed laser pointers at his eyes.
Both police and protesters have used intense beams of light...
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