HK police allegedly beating protester in a video

Police use pepper-spray on pro-democracy protesters during a confrontation outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.
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Police use pepper-spray on pro-democracy protesters during a confrontation outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's secretary for security said on Wednesday that police shown in a video where a pro-democracy protester was allegedly beaten would be removed from their positions as authorities investigate the matter.

Lai Tung-kwok was speaking after the video went viral, sparking outrage among the public and lawmakers. Police arrested 45 pro-democracy protesters while clearing a major road in the early hours of Wednesday.

Civic Party leader Alan Leong said the person in the video was a member of his party and demanded the officers involved step down immediately.