CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Caritas building tear gassed during Tsuen Wan protests

HONG KONG (SE): A total of 13 teargas rounds were fired by accident into the Caritas Jockey Club Tsuen Wan Social Service Building on August 5 while the police were attempting to disperse protesters. No one was hurt.
 
Kenneth Pang Che-chung, senior social work supervisor of Caritas Community Centre, Tuen Wan, told the Kung Kao Po that he could see from the balcony that many tear gas canisters fell into the building.  
 
He explained that police were targeting protesters who were outside the building and tear gas rounds fell onto the building’s external structures like the balconies. He and his colleagues rushed to extinguish two of them, while people nearby helped to put out the rest. 
 
Pang said a community centre, a rehabilitation service unit as well as a residential service centre for the elderly are located inside the building. 
 
Although all windows had been closed, there were concerns that the gas might still affect those inside, especially the elderly, though this thankfully did not happen.
 
However, the staff dealing with the cleanup suffered from eye and respiratory irritations. 
 
Pang said they called the police report centre and sent a letter to the police to draw its attention to the incident. There has been no reply as at the time of going to press.

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