Regarding the violence from the armed mob in Yuen Long and the inappropriate responses from the Police Force in Yuen Long and Hong Kong Island; we, as pharmacy students and future healthcare professionals, strongly condemn any use of unnecessary violence towards innocent citizens and urge the Police Force to conduct thorough investigations and arrest any and all involved entities.
On the night of 21 July 2019, violence was witnessed in Yuen Long. Innocent passersby were attacked ruthlessly with metal and wooden rods, causing at least 36 people to be taken to hospital. The attacks were not aimed at any particular targets and were widespread in their acts of terror. Even pregnant women were the victims of their violent attacks until they helplessly fainted.
Earlier that day, there was a series of protests occurring on Hong Kong Island. At the concerned time, the protestors were relatively peaceful, and yet, they were faced with tear gas and 36 rubber bullets. The firing of tear gas and so many rubber bullets were unnecessary against a group of unarmed peaceful protestors. Many were injured in the process, from being affected by the chemicals in tear gas to being hit by bullets. As for the violence in Yuen Long, there have been photos and videos documented that suggest the police blatantly ignoring the distressed calls for help from threatened passersby and allowing the mobsters to leave without consequences. In light of this, we strongly doubt the reason the police chief named for the lack of aid and arrests in Yuen Long.
We are pained to see more protestors and innocent citizens injured due to unnecessary violence, both by the police and the mobsters. We strongly urge the police to clearly inform the citizens of Hong Kong the details of the series of events on 21 July, to take full responsibility of any and all unnecessary violence from the Police Force, and to arrest all involved parties who are guilty as charged.
Pharmacy Society, Medical Society, HKUSU