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Opinion

The Hong Kong government must come clean about tear gas

With most city neighborhoods exposed, officials need to clarify health risks

| Hong Kong, Macao

The Hong Kong police force has deployed more than 9,000 rounds of tear gas in the city since June in responding to antigovernment protests.

An estimated 88% of Hong Kong's population resides in affected areas of the crowded city. Of particular concern has been the deployment of tear gas in high-risk enclosed areas such as underground train stations as well as in locations adjacent to vulnerable populations, such as around schools and retirement homes.

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