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The 11.29-12.02 Questionnaire Survey by the Citizens' Press Conference

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    The 11.29-12.02 Questionnaire Survey by the Citizens' Press Conference

    https://www.citizenspc.org/survey

    For those interested in taking part in the citizens survey, it takes a few mins of your time. Will close 2nd Dec.
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    Citizens’ Press Conference Press Release
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 06, 2019
    Say NO to Tear Gas: Tears of Poison - Hongkongers Sicken
    In the “Say NO to Tear Gas” assembly today (6th December), the Citizens’ Press Conference announced the results of their survey “On the Health Effects of Tear Gas”. With data collected from over 17,000 valid responses, ~15% of respondents reported symptoms of stomach ache and diarrhoea after inhaling tear smoke, over three times higher than the less than 5% incidence rate reported in studies overseas. Moreover, ~5% of respondents reported symptoms of blood in cough, dysentery, and discoloured urine, all of which are symptoms seldom seen in tear gas studies overseas; conjectured to be connected with the presence of cyanide in the combustion of tear gas canisters. On the other hand, 16.7% of respondents reported symptoms of red rashes, blistered skin, and abscessed skin, with occurrences particularly prevalent in the face and neck areas. As expected, symptoms are reported to be most serious among those who were directly present on protest frontlines, including frontline protesters, professional personnel such as the press and medics, and police officers who had fired tear gas canisters. Compared with pacifist protesters further away from the frontlines and civilian passersby, those directly present on protest frontlines report twice as high incidences of the abovementioned symptoms, signifying that protective equipment (including those used by police officers) prove ineffective in protecting users against harm caused by tear gas, despite protection equipment being in widespread use. Spokespersons from the Citizens’ Press Conference declared that Police Force’s runaway use of tear gas in seventeen districts since June have turned Hong Kong into a city-wide gas chamber, criticizing the Hong Kong regime’s actions as leading the city forward in self-destruction.



    The survey by the Citizens’ Press Conference was conducted online for 72 hours from 10AM 29th Nov to 10AM 2nd Dec, collecting a total of 17,819 valid responses, representing the largest citizen-led survey-based research on the effects of tear gas conducted in Hong Kong so far. The survey collected data on symptoms caused by direct or indirect exposure to tear gas, including effects to exposed body parts such as the skin, the respiratory tract, the ocular system, and effects to non-exposed body parts such as the intestines, and the urinary tract. The survey also collects data on which districts have citizens directly or indirectly been exposed to tear smoke, and also the roles of citizens in protest, when they were being exposed to tear smoke.



    The research results indicate that after inhalation of tear smoke, the three most common symptoms include difficulty in breathing, irritation on the eyes, and skin reactions. 18-23% of the respondents report of these symptoms, similar to levels reported in studies overseas (e.g. Haar et al., 2017 BMC Public Health).



    On the other hand, 14-16% of respondents report suffering from stomach ache and diarrhoea, significantly higher than figures from studies overseas. Symptoms such as blood in cough, dysentery, and discoloured urine have also been reported, all of which are symptoms seldom seen in tear gas studies overseas, prompting concern of the potential toxicity of tear smoke deployed by the Hong Kong Police on the human body.



    The research also collected reports of symptoms of skin reactions, such as red rashes, blistered skin, and even abscessed skin. These reactions and effects are mostly reported in the waist area, the arms, and the neck. Of those reporting of skin symptoms, over 90% report skin symptoms appearing on the neck.



    Analysing the research data in terms of different roles in protests shows that those active on protest frontlines, including frontline protesters, on-site professionals (such as the press, firefighters, medics, and social workers), and police officers, display an incidence rate of 19-23% for various symptoms, nearly twice as high compared to an incidence rate of 11% for respondents further away from protest frontlines, including pacifist protesters and passersby.



    Based on the research results, the Citizens’ Press Conference advises those present on protest frontlines, including frontline protesters, the press, and police officers, to consider themselves at high risk of contracting symptoms from tear gas, even if donned protective equipment. The refusal of the Hong Kong regime to release the chemical composition of tear gas used by the Police Force means that much of the health effects of exposure to tear gas still remains unknown to the public and the Hospital Authorities. The large amounts of protesters and police officers being put in Hong Kong’s “Runaway Tear Gas Chamber” are thus being treated like white rats in a lab. Hongkongers urgently need a large-scale longitudinal study to quantify the dangers posed by tear smoke.



    According to the research data, the regions most severely affected by tear gas are Sham Shui Po and Tai Po, followed by Yau Tsim Mong and Kwun Tong, in turn followed by Wong Tai Sin and Yuen Long, all of which are districts with large amounts of residential areas.



    The research data also shows no significant differences in incidences of symptoms between citizens passing by areas where tear smoke had been fired and residents living in the same areas. This raises the concern that when tear gas is fired on a site, even citizens who pass by and those who live nearby are affected, either indirectly by exposure from dispersing tear smoke or by direct exposure from tear gas fired at residences.



    Spokespersons from the Citizens’ Press Conference declared that the runaway firing of tear gas by the Police Force in seventeen districts since June has already transformed Hong Kong into a “city-wide gas chamber”, amounting to an indiscriminate poisoning of citizens for political interests with no consideration for their health and even their lives. Spokespersons from the Citizens’ Press Conference strongly urge the Hong Kong regime to recognise the political nature of the situation in Hong Kong and to take political solutions to address political problems, instead of gambling with the priceless lives of Hong Kong citizens. The Hong Kong regime must immediately cease mass firing of toxic gases and give back Hong Kong citizens their freedom to breathe.

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    How are they making the dispersal map projections? Did someome actually go to places like Tap Mun and get samples? HK Island is lowest?? Like to know their methodology.