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HK journalist seeks justice after losing right eye

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Published on December 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:52s

HK journalist seeks justice after losing right eye

Hit by a projectile fired by Hong Kong police while covering an anti-government protest nearly two months ago, Indonesian journalist Veby Mega Indah was blinded in one eye, but that has not blotted out the traumatic flashbacks filling her mind.

Ryan Brooks reports.

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HK journalist seeks justice after losing right eye

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INDONESIAN JOURNALIST BASED IN HONG KONG, VEBY MEGA INDAH, SAYING: "Honestly I thought it's going to be my end." Journalist Veby Mega Indah has paid a price for her work covering Hong Kong's protests.

Two months ago, she was hit by what she thinks was a rubber bullet - fired by police, despite wearing a press vest.

It's left her blind in one eye.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INDONESIAN JOURNALIST BASED IN HONG KONG, VEBY MEGA INDAH, SAYING: "The first aider came, when they came I already feel the excruciating pain on my right eye, I cannot feel my face.

But I feel the pain in my eye." Indah was live streaming for Suara, a newspaper popular with the city's Indonesian migrant workers.

She was on a footbridge with other reporters.

Hong Kong police have not responded to Reuters request for comment on this story.

However, the police have claimed they had no choice but to fire at the time.

(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH, TSE CHUN-CHUNG, SAYING: "On the bridge there were also a large number of violent rioters, who were attacking our police officers.

And so our colleague was left with no other choice than to to use the appropriate level of force.

But I can be completely certain that he in no way had any intention to harm any reporter." The city's police have repeatedly said they've shown restraint in the use of teargas and projectiles while dispersing protests.

Indah told Reuters her legal team has filed a legal request asking that the police to identify the officer who made the shot.

But they have not received any meaningful response.

(SOUNDBITE) (English), VEBY MEGA INDAH, JOURNALIST BASED IN HONG KONG, SAYING: "My case, actually, (is intended) to send a message, to the police, that they are accountable for what they (have) done, so they cannot anything that they want.

And we have seen the (police) violence is escalating.

And this will happen again." Indah is adjusting life in one eye and she is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

She is also unable to return to work.

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