Ted Hui files court challenge on tear gas chemicals
Friday, January 17, 2020
The High Court has agreed to hear a legal challenge brought by Democratic Party legislator Ted Hui Chi-fung aimed at forcing the police to reveal the chemical content of the tear gas they are firing at protesters, THK reports.
The police have repeatedly refused to disclose what is in the tear gas, citing operational reasons.
More than 16,000 rounds of tear gas have rained down on the streets of Hong Kong since the anti-government protests began last June.
Hui said today that many people are concerned whether the crowd control weapon could cause long-term damage to their health, and they don't want the police's use of force to go unchecked.
"Even though there’s a need for the police to uphold law and order, their use of weapons, the use of force is not totally unlimited. Their powers have to be limited, have to be reasonable and have to be transparent," the lawmaker said.
Hui said he hopes the court will rule in his favor so that the police use of force can be made more transparent.
He said some 7,000 people had contributed to his crowdfunding campaign to bring the legal challenge and if it succeeds, he will file for an injunction aimed at stopping the police from using tear gas.
The court is due to hear Hui's case on February 12.