Indonesian reporter shot by Hong Kong police will go blind in right eye : lawyer

Tensions between Hong Kong protesters and police officers have been soaring. (AP)
Tensions between Hong Kong protesters and police officers have been soaring. (AP)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Indonesian reporter, Veby Mega Indah, was shot by a Hong Kong police officer on Sept.29 when covering the protest in Hong Kong will permanently lose sight in her right eye, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

Ms. Veby’s lawyer states that the reporter was shot by a rubber bullet when reporting the “global anti-totalitarianism” protest in the Wan Chai area. Ms. Veby is a reporter from the Indonesian-language news outlet Sura Hong Kong News.

Indonesian reporter, Veby Mega Indah, shot by Hong Kong police officer on Sept.29 when covering Hong Kong protest will permanently lose sight in her right eye, her lawyer said yesterday. (Screenshot from YouTube Video)
Indonesian reporter, Veby Mega Indah, shot by Hong Kong police officer on Sept.29 when covering Hong Kong protest will permanently lose sight in her right eye, her lawyer said yesterday. (Screenshot from YouTube Video)

With a press pass, Ms. Veby had been wearing a highly visible vest and a helmet with the word “press” written on it when she was injured. She was standing in the media area, not amid the protesters, meaning that the police officers should have been able to tell her apart from the crowd. The attorney will file criminal complaints against the Hong Kong police.

Tensions between Hong Kong protesters and police officers have been soaring. On Oct.1, a 17-year-old student was shot by a police officer with a live bullet to his chest.

By 4-Way Voice Liana Lai and Carol Kan