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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Linda Lew

Linda Lew

Born in China and raised in New Zealand, Linda joined the Post as a reporter in 2018. Previously, she freelanced for Chinese technology media site TechNode. She holds bachelor's degrees in arts and commerce from the University of Auckland, and has a master's in global business journalism from Tsinghua University.