Police have been criticised for their use of pepper spray on people. Photo: James Wendlinger

Hong Kong police criticised over close-range use of pepper spray but force insiders say weapon has to target people’s faces to be effective

  • Several protesters and journalists were seen being sprayed in the face during protests in Central and Mong Kok
  • Defending use of irritant, police source says people at an unlawful assembly are already taking part in a crime
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Police have been criticised for their use of pepper spray on people. Photo: James Wendlinger
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Ming Yan Dispensary was filled with tear gas on Sunday after a canister fired by police ended up on the premises. Photo: Linda Lew

Hong Kong police apologise for tear-gassing pharmacy and restaurant during protests

  • But officers cannot explain how the medicine outlet in Kowloon became a victim of clearance operation, shopkeeper says
  • Store manager harmed by the chemical irritant, which engulfed Ming Yan Dispensary on Sunday
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Ming Yan Dispensary was filled with tear gas on Sunday after a canister fired by police ended up on the premises. Photo: Linda Lew
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