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Hong Kong doctors decry “excessive and abusive” use of tear gas by police during protests

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5136 (Published 13 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5136
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

Ten weeks into political protests that have shaken Hong Kong, doctors and other healthcare workers in the city have excoriated the Hong Kong Police Force for what they see as excessive and inappropriate use of tear gas and other riot control measures, such as rubber bullets and bean bag rounds.

On 13 August health workers at 13 hospitals in the city staged sit-ins to protest against police violence. “It has become clear that there is a humanitarian crisis happening right now in Hong Kong, and humanitarianism is a fundamental core value for all healthcare professionals,” said Alfred Wong Yam-hong, spokesperson for the progressive doctors’ group Médecins Inspirés.

On 11 August the police fired tear gas inside the Kwai Fong Mass Transit railway station, filling the concourse with lingering smoke.

“This is inhumane. It causes mass panic, and it was a miracle that no one got killed …

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