Over 96% of journalists have suffered lung problems after exposure to tear gas used by police on Hong Kong streets, and some protesters have been reported to be suffering from aspiration pneumonia as a result, according to Hong Kong local media.
HK01 reported on August 9 that a study has showed 96.2% of reporters on the front of demonstrations in Hong Kong have aspirational problems after inhaling tear gas used by police. Their complications include difficulty in breathing, long coughing, or coughing with blood.
The study has showed cases of patients after taking part in the June 12 demonstration to suffer from pneumonia after days of coughing and vomiting.
Since the protests started two months ago against the Extradition Bill, Hong Kong police have fired at least a total of 1,820 units of tear gas at the demonstrators, besides rubber bullets and others.
It is reported that infectious chemicals in the tear gas may have been the major cause of those health risks when it enters the lungs from the mouth and nose.
Health organization has pointed out that the risk of reporters’ exposure to similar problems was 1.6 times higher on July 28 than on June 12. The organization has urged the police to follow the rules to use minimum force and strictly stop the use of chemical weapons against protesters.
On Friday August 9, pro-democracy protesters have once again gathered at the international airport for a three-day rally to bring their messages to international arrivals.
Before the gathering, the airport has taken extra security measures prohibiting people without boarding passes to enter the waiting zones. The Airport Authority has said that the airport shall be operated as normal with protesters only sitting at the arrival.
Embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a press conference on Friday afternoon that the Hong Kong business community was very worried about the long term consequences of the protests in the financial hub with major transport network disrupted.
Carrie Lam told the media that the downward economic pressure in the territory had been hit by a tsunami.
With the escalating protests turning into more violence, some countries including the United States and Australia have issued travel warnings to their citizens on tour to the Asian city.
On August 8, the Chinese government has accused a U.S. diplomat Julie Eadeh of interference into Hong Kong’s affairs.
Local newspaper Ta Kung Pao published a photograph of a US diplomat, who it identified as Julie Eadeh of the consulate’s political section, talking to student leaders including Joshua Wong in the lobby of a luxury hotel.
The Chinese government has labeled the Americans as the black hands behind the pro-democratic movement and blamed the U.S. for messing up the problems in Hong Kong.
By Winnie Troppie