Kenneth Leung demands answers on risks of 10,000 tear gas roundsLocal | 21 Nov 2019 10:06 am
Professional Commons lawmaker, Kenneth Leung, said today it was ridiculous that police would not reveal the chemical ingredients in the tear gas being fired in Hong Kong, because people are concerned about the impact on their health.
The Health Secretary, Sophia Chan Siu-chee, refused to disclose the components, citing operational concerns yesterday in Legco, but said there was no evidence to suggest that the use of tear gas can produce dioxins or cause dioxin poisoning.
Dioxins are highly toxic and can sometimes cause cancer.
However, Leung said he saw no reason for the police to cite "operational need" to conceal the information from the public.
He also urged the government to issue more guidelines on how to clean up tear gas residue, especially from food produce, given the use of the gas near the Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market.
"In the past five months, approximately 10,000 canisters of tear gas have been used, and, as citizens, we have the right to get informed what sort of chemical compounds are there in the canisters of tear gas," Leung said.