Hong Kong: Violent police arrest of girl caught on film

A young girl was dragged to the ground and detained in Hong Kong on September 6 as police arrested at least 90 people during protests marking the date when Legislative Council elections were originally planned to take place.

Apple Daily, citing an interview with the girl's mother, reported that the 12-year-old was shopping for school items with her family when they got caught behind a police cordon.

This video shows the girl being dragged to the ground by a number of officers after she tried to run away.

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HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A man is being arrested during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
Hong Kong Police deploy 2000 officers in response to calls online to protest the postponed election and national security law. On September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Simon Jankowski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Hong Kong Police deploy 2000 officers in response to calls online to protest the postponed election and national security law. On September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Simon Jankowski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Hong Kong Police declare gatherings if people Mong Kok an illegal assembly. On September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Simon Jankowski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: Riot police aims with a pepper-spray projectile during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: Riot police put up an warning flag during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: Riot police charge on a street during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A man is being arrested during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: Riot police detain a woman during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: Riot police detain a group of people during a anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: Riot police arrest a man during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A riot police makes an gesture in front of a cordon during an anti-government protest on September 6, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Nearly 300 people were arrested during the protest against the government's decision to postpone the legislative council election due to the Covid-19 and the newly imposed national security law. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: An exhausted woman is seen sitting on the ground as police officers perform security checks during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: Riot police officers intervene in a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A mother and her daughter wait expectantly as police cordons the area during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: People are stopped and searched by riot police officers during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A pro-China supporter is being held and protected by riot police officers during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Plainclothes policemen subdue protesters in Shantung street, in MongkokI, Hong Kong, China, on September 06, 2020. (Photo by Marc Fernandes/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Riot police react as one water bottle is thrown on them In Hong Kong, China, on September 06, 2020. (Photo by Marc Fernandes/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A Riot police officer performs a security check during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A man dressed as Marvel's superhero character Captain America and his son are seen during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A journalist affected by the tear gas launched by riot police is being transferred to a hospital during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06: A riot police officer stands on guard during a protest in Hong Kong, China on September 6, 2020. Protesters marched through Kowloon district to protest against government's decision to postpone the legislative council election by a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Miguel Candela Poblacion/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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The footage was widely shared on social media and drew much condemnation.

Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy legislator, said the actions taken towards the girl "shows how unnecessarily jumpy and trigger-happy Hong Kong police have become".

Protests and certain words and slogans have been restricted since July when a new national security order was passed.

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