The Hong Kong police have apologised to a pharmacy in Yau Ma Tei after tear gas was fired directly into the store on Sunday night.


【#前線新聞 10.27】晚上九時三十分,警方在油麻地窝打老道登上警車準備離開時,有示威者向警車投擲疑似磚頭,警方隨即打開車尾門,在毫無預警底下瞄準人群頭部發射兩枚催淚彈,並射中一名男子及射入一間藥房。藥房內煙霧瀰漫,多名店員感到不適,由義務救護員治理。

Posted by 前線新聞媒體 Front-line Press on Sunday, 27 October 2019

Multi-district confrontations unfolded on Sunday with protesters throwing objects at the police in Yau Ma Tei.

In response, the door of a police van opened and a tear gas canister was fired, hitting a pharmacy on Nathan Road.


Posted by Stand News 立場新聞 on Sunday, 27 October 2019

As the store filled with gas, volunteer medics tried to rescue those inside who felt sick.

The force sent three officers to the pharmacy to express their apologies on Monday morning. They remained at the store for around a minute.

Yau Ma Tei pharmacy police apology
Police officers apologising to a staff member of the Yau Ma Tei pharmacy. Photo: i-Cable screenshot.

A staff member at the pharmacy said six cans of vitamins – worth around HK$1,000 – were damaged.

“They came to say sorry, please forgive them – but they did not speak about compensation,” he told i-Cable news.

Yau Ma Tei pharmacy
Photo: i-Cable screenshot.

The staffer said the store would try to return and exchange the cans which were stained with black spots. He said they would destroy them if you could not be exchanged, and it would be up to the store’s owner if they wished to seek compensation.

Yau Ma Tei pharmacy
Staff member of Yau Ma Tei pharmacy. Photo: i-Cable screenshot.

The staff member said his nose and eyes were irritated when working at the store on Monday.

A fan was switched on in an attempt to disperse the smell of tear gas.

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Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.