Statement from the voluntary first aiders providing humanitarian relief
There are still over 20 voluntary first aiders inside Polytechnic University's campus providing humanitarian relief.
We are angered and disappointed by the government and police force's neglect towards the legal rights of people in HK. We are serving the public for humanitarian reasons but we do not have sufficient resources to attend to the increasing number of serious injuries.
Even worse, the government and the police are threatening to charge us for taking part in a riot and are trapping us inside the campus.
We appeal to everyone on the outside to assist us if possible, and we emphasize that providing humanitarian relief in the form of providing voluntary medical services is not the same as participating in a riot and thereby should not be charged for it.
Democratic Party Legislative Councillor Roy Kwong was contacted by the voluntary first aiders inside Polytechnic University for help, the first aiders said they would continue to stay and care for the injured. Roy described the situation as a humanitarian disaster and said the international community should monitor the situation closely. There are still a dozen first aiders caring for the injured and doing their job inside the campus, but the police is threatening to charge them for participating in a riot. Roy said, "if saving lives equales participating in a riot, this would be an international joke!" He hopes the international community will continue to monitor the situation and focus on the people still trapped inside the campus. Roy has already contacted legal teams that would provide pro bono services to those in need.
A group of voluntary first aiders now trapped inside Polytechnic University