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Rights groups oppose water cannons 2015.04.20
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THE Hong Kong Police Force (香港警務處 ) plans to buy new and controversial crowd control equipment.

Three high-powered water cannons the government plans to buy for crowd control may seriously injure or even kill people, a human rights concern group said.

Icarus Wong Ho-yin (王浩賢) of Hong Kong Civil Rights Observer (香港民權觀察) said the plan to spend HK$27 million on the three water cannons is unnecessary.

“We don’t support the purchase of such weapons. In Hong Kong, I don’t see any need for police to use water cannons,” he said. “If they want to use them, it means using really excessive force in a public assembly and this would violate the human rights [of those present].”

According to research commissioned by the group, based on Turkish (土耳其的) company Mogol Makine’s RCV6 vehicle, the water cannon can produce a force of 145 kilograms from five metres away. “Common sense shows it can cause very serious damage if the water jets hit a person’s head or neck,” Wong said.

The water jet could expel 2,400 litres of water per minute with a range of between 50 and 60 metres, said engineer Albert Lai Kwong-tak (黎廣德 ), of the Professional Commons (公共專業聯盟) lobby group, who conducted the study together with the University of Hong Kong’s (香港大學) Tsing Nam-kiu (丁南僑 ).“If it hits someone on the face, especially the eye area, it could cause a person to go blind,” he said.

(The Standard, 15 April 2015)


1. force (n)
    武裝部隊

2. concern (n)
    關注

3. purchase (n)
    購買

4. excessive (adj)
    過度的

5. violate (v)
    侵犯

6. lobby (n)
    游說





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