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MTR releases images of station clashes in which protesters claim 3 died

Hong Kong’s rail operator has finally released screenshots from security camera footage of a police crackdown on anti-government protesters at a metro station last month in yet another effort to debunk persistent, unfounded rumours that three people had been killed by officers using excessive force.

However, the 26 still images made public by the MTR Corporation on Tuesday left out a crucial, 2½-hour period when riot police and elite personnel known as Raptors from the Special Tactical Squad beat and arrested protesters on the platforms at Prince Edward station on the night of August 31, prompting more allegations that officials had something to hide.

In the seventh official attempt in 10 days to set the record straight, the MTR, police force, Fire Services Department and Hospital Authority held a joint press conference to clarify that seven people had been found injured in the station, not 10 as initially counted by ambulance crews.

Earlier, the city’s embattled leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, appealed to the public to be careful about believing in “fake news” and speculation.

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