Social work students decry police hostilityLocal | 16 Sep 2019 6:34 pm
Social work students from different institutions held a rally in Edinburgh Place today to protest over the police treatment of social workers during protests, RTHK reports.
Dozens of students, from the University of Hong Kong, Baptist University and Caritas Institute, joined the event, most of them dressed in black.
The Federation of Social Work Students said social workers attend protests to try to ease tensions between police and protesters, but have faced aggressive treatment from the police, even arrests.
Harold Lau, the federation's external secretary, said they stand for the human rights of people, even if they don't agree with all of their behavior.
"There was a 12-year-old boy arrested [recently] by the police. Some social workers on the frontline requested that they accompany him to the police station. But the police rejected it. This is a sign that police do not respect human rights," he said.
One of the social workers at the rally, who declined to be named, rejected criticism that social workers are favoring the protesters.
He said social workers on the frontlines were like paramedics, ready to provide emotional support to anyone in need. We will also help police if they request it, he said.