More doctors, nurses decry police for arresting first-aiders, preventing treatment

Local | 14 Aug 2019 5:53 pm

More than a hundred medical professionals from Wan Chai’s Ruttonjee and Tang Siu Kin hospitals  demonstrated today against what they call an abuse of force by the police on Sunday, RTHK reports.
This means staff from 15 public hospitals have now held rallies after a woman sustained a severe eye injury by what appeared to be a bean bag round fired by the police in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday. Many of the protesters wore eye patches to highlight the young woman's wounds. 
There are conflicting claims as to whether police or protesters were responsible for her injuries.
The demonstrators accused the police of stopping people from seeking treatment at protest sites, which they say is against humanitarian laws under the Geneva Convention. 
Dr Wilson Cheng, who spoke on behalf of a group of medical professionals at the two hospitals, accused the police of committing war crimes by intentionally stopping rescue work at protest sites and arresting first-aid workers with “false accusations.''
Another doctor, CY Yung, drew loud cheers when he told demonstrators that Ruttonjee Hospital didn’t try to stop their protest and won’t punish them for taking part in the sit-in. 
A nursing student, who gave his name as Sunny, was overcome with emotions when he recalled the eye injury of the protester.
"The girl was not even at the front line," he said. "The police still shot in her eyes. That makes me very ... I can't say this ... yeah, I feel very upset about that."
The police have announced a formal inquiry into the incident.

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