Brutally Attacked

In a video Toby sends us he is talking about his family and mentions in passing that he was arrested last year. Wait! Arrested? We watched the video again just to make sure we understood him correctly and asked him afterwards how come this had never come up in one of our countless conversations:

Because if I give too many details I could easily be identified

…which is why we can’t go in to the details of the when and where. But Toby was willing to share the what with the public:

The police handcuffed me in bed throughout the detention time

I was on my way home after protesting when I and a bunch of other people I didn’t know got severely beaten by the police. My injuries were so bad that I had to be brought to the hospital

The police followed the ambulance and then arrested me in the emergency room

That sounds awful. But why did they attack you in the first place?

I don’t really know

They later accused me of unlawful assembly which is absolute nonsense since I was alone at that time. Like I said, that was already after the protests when I was on my way home

Where did the police take you then?

I spent the detention time in the hospital because my injuries were pretty bad

The police handcuffed me in bed throughout the detention time

They used metal handcuffs connected with long wires to lock me down

The handcuffs were connected to a leash

Like a dog leash really

I felt terrible like a robber or a murderer to deserve that sort of detention

That sounds absolutely traumatizing. Are you fine talking about it?

It’s ok. I talk openly about it to people

But did they eventually take you to prison?

In private the doctors and nurses told me that they would help me

They knew that if I would had to go to prison I would be severely beaten

So they told the police that I have to stay longer in the hospital because of my injuries

So I actually never had to go to prison

I found someone to pay my bail and after that I was free

So you don’t have to fear any consequences?

They said that the case is not over. If they find evidence they will immediately arrest me and take me to court

Does that unsettle you? Even though, as you said, you haven’t committed a crime?

I was afraid but it’s fine now

We have to accept the new reality that the police are against every Hongkonger who pursues freedom and justice

Toby lives together with one of his parents in Hong Kong. Their political views couldn’t differ more greatly. The parent is a supporter of the CCP and the Hong Kong police. Toby says that this generational conflict occurs in a lot of families. Toby’s arrest put an additional strain on his relationship with his parent.

Does it hurt you that after all you’ve been through that your family still supports the police?

Kind of haha

But my case isn’t the worst. I’m still loved and am considered as a part of the family

In some cases the parents wouldn’t even show up after their kids were arrested

They wouldn’t find lawyers for their kids

I have rarely mentioned to my family what exactly happened

At the hospital one of my parents saw my injuries and said: wow they’ve beaten you so hard

Were you taken care of?

Yes but we skipped political topics for like a month. I spent several days in the hospital and he came to visit me every day