Amid escalating tension and political unrest in Hong Kong, demonstrators organized a general strike on August 5 and put the city to a halt. With increasing frustration and dissent, some demonstrators gathered around police stations and threw items at the police. As a member of the police forces before starting his entertainment career, former TVB actor Wong Hei (王喜) spoke up and urged demonstrator to disperse.
Clashes with Police Intensified
Across the city, demonstrators took to the street and set up road blocks. As the demonstrators marched, many shouted “mobster”. As some demonstrators gathered around police stations, the demonstrators began pelting the riot police with eggs and bricks. The police responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets while demonstrators largely remained on the scene.
Wong Hei’s Appeal to Public
As a former member of the police force, Wong Hei’s experience compelled him to make an appeal to the public. While known for his role in Burning Heart <烈火雄心>, Wong Hei joined the police forces in 1989 and was commended for his heroism. On one occasion, Wong Hei did not hesitate to rush into a burning building to save his colleagues from the fire.
Posting on his social media page, Wong Hei warned against throwing items at the police as they would use all methods at protecting the police station, including shooting. His full statement is as follows:
“I am Wong Hei. I am appealing to the public. Everyone who is gathered around the police station must disperse now. Stop throwing items at police because these actions could be interpreted by the commander as an attack on the police station.
When the police station is under attack, every police officer will react and will use all methods, by all means, to protect the police station. This obviously includes shooting with guns. Therefore if you are enclosing the police station and throwing items at it, you will not get what you want. In fact you will get what you don’t want, which are injuries.
I appeal to you again, anyone in the vicinity of a police station, leave immediately. Don’t throw items at the police station. Leave now.”
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.