The pro-democracy League of Social Democrats (LSD) has staged a protest outside the South Korean Consulate General on Tuesday morning after the death of South Korean farmer Baek Nam-gi.
The group of around a dozen demonstrated against police brutality and asked the South Korean government to apologise and pay compensation for the death of Baek. The consulate was closed for the day.
Baek sustained injuries after being hit with a water cannon during a protest against South Korean president Park Geun-hye on November 14, 2015 in Seoul. He was in a coma for ten months before passing away due to kidney failure on Sunday.
“Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, a member of the LSD, said that the protest had much to do with Hong Kong, as a “government official said that the water cannons won’t kill you, they will only injure… at that time I knew it was a lie, but of course now we know more clearly,” he said.
He said that he would bring up issues regarding water cannons in the upcoming Legislative Council.
The Hong Kong police invited bids to supply three water cannons as an addition to its armoury earlier this year. Documents obtained by HK01 stated that at least 15 cannons will be equipped on each armoured vehicle and that there should be two main cannons on the hood that are each capable of shooting 1,200 litres of water per minute at a pressure of 1,000 kPa per minute.