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Pinoy Disneyland performer roughed up, arrested by cops in Mong Kok rally

04 August 2019


Screen grab from a video showing Jethro Pioquinto being arrested.

By Vir B. Lumicao
 
A Filipino male employee of Hong Kong Disneyland is in hospital for examination and treatment of injuries he sustained in a police operation during an anti-extradition bill rally in Mong Kok on Saturday evening, Aug 3.
 
Jethro Pioquinto, a performer at Disneyland, was pinned to the ground and arrested by police who caught up with him, video footages show.
 
Danny Baldon, an officer of the Consulate’s assistance to national section, said Pioquinto was placed in the custody of the North Point Police Station.
 

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But later, he was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan where he was being treated for injuries he suffered during the police operation, Baldon said.
 
The ATN officer said he was not able to see Pioquinto at the police station because the authorities were investigating him for alleged rioting, so they were strict regarding visits.

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Rioting is considered a serious offense that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
 
Baldon said the Filipino was being assisted by a group of pro bono Hong Kong lawyers, identified by another source as Progressive Lawyers Group.
 
Friends of Pioquinto said in posts on Facebook that he was just walking in Mong Kok on his way home when he chanced upon an area where police were breaking up a rally that had turned into clashes.
 

A video clip showed police in battle gear running after a group of protesters until a man wearing a black shirt and black jeans tumbled to the ground and was ganged upon and subdued by the officers.
 

Videos of Pioquinto’s arrest were first uploaded online by one of his friends, Jacky Juntaro, who appealed for help on his behalf, and asked people to share his post until the right people are reached.
Photo of Jethro Pioquinto in his Facebook page.
“Hong Kong police just arrested our Pinoy friend who’s not joining the protest but just passing by Mongkok, and the police knocked him down and arrested him! Pray for our beloved friend!” Juntaro said in his post.
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