Police Chief Inspector John Tse at a press conference on Monday (30/9) stated that the injury of an Indonesian journalist, Veby Mega Indah, was purely an accident. At the critical moment in the middle of the demonstration Sunday (29/9) the journalists and demonstrators were both at the scene, with the demonstrators throwing at least two petrol bombs from the bridge that endangering the lives of the officers.
“The injury of the Indonesian reporter is a pure accident. We are saddened about it but reporters should keep a distance from the violent protesters. We have sent our sympathies to the journalist and got in touch with her through a representative of the Indonesian consulate. She said she needed to rest and refused to give a statement to police, but she will lodge a complaint via her lawyer later,” Tse said.
Indonesian journalist Veby Indah’s legal representative Michael Vidler says police violated internationally accepted norms of using weapon by firing from potentially lethal distance and low angle. Veby Indah was shot in the face while covering a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday will request the city’s police commissioner to launch a criminal probe into the incident, her lawyer said on Monday.