He was trailed by a homemaker, a retired accountant and a middle-school teacher. Undaunted by the pandemonium of gasping protesters , they pointed people to safety and poured saline into the eyes of those overcome by the fumes. With their yellow vests and portable loudspeakers, Pastor Ka-Kit Ao and his volunteers are an unmistakable presence at the antigovernment protests that have upended this semiautonomous Chinese territory. They form human cordons between protesters and advancing police. They beg baton-swinging officers to go easy. And they solicit the names of those being hustled away in handcuffs so pro bono lawyers can follow up with assistance.
Hong Kong’s undercover medics reveal hidden toll of protests
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Scenes of protesters wading through clouds of tear gas or clashing with riot police have become sadly familiar in Hong Kong. The few women who have spoken out about the issue have faced a massive backlash. Some have had their personal details leaked online; others have been targeted with fake sex tapes or received harassing phone calls. Although much of this abuse comes from anonymous trolls, the Hong Kong authorities have created a climate where such abuse thrives by smearing protesters and failing to establish an independent investigation into police misconduct.
Behind Hong Kong’s Protesters, an Army of Volunteer Pastors, Doctors and Artists
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After exchanges through the night via the Telegram messaging app that arranged an off-the-books X-ray, the protester was diagnosed with a displaced fracture of the ulnar bone. The Hidden Clinic says it has clandestinely treated protesters with an array of injuries: broken and dislocated bones, gaping wounds and exposure to tear gas so prolonged that they were coughing up blood. It also says the severity of the injuries has increased sharply in the past week, with hard-core protesters and police increasingly tough on each other. A practitioner who specializes in traditional Chinese medicine and is not affiliated with Hidden Clinic says she alone has treated patients, some with multiple wounds from tear-gas canisters and other riot-control projectiles. This behind-the-scenes doctoring, outside of government hospitals, suggests that the official toll of 1, injured protesters treated in public hospitals since June 9 significantly undercounts both the number and full extent of those hurt in the more than demonstrations tallied by the government.