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Government denies doctoring casualty figures

2019-09-07 HKT 01:15
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  • The Fire Services Department said contrary to unfounded rumours, authorities did not doctor casualty figures at Prince Edward Station on August 31. Photo: AP
    The Fire Services Department said contrary to unfounded rumours, authorities did not doctor casualty figures at Prince Edward Station on August 31. Photo: AP
The Fire Services Department (FSD) issued a statement on Friday seeking to quash rampant rumours that it had doctored the number of people who were injured last Saturday when police stormed through a train at the Prince Edward MTR Station, beating and pepper-spraying people inside.

The department said there has been much speculation online that first responders at the scene had “improperly altered” the number of injured people from the initial 10, to seven.

“The department reiterates that the situation in the station was chaotic and the injured persons were dispersed in different locations and they moved around on the platform”, the statement said.

“Some injured persons may have been repeatedly counted at the initial headcount by the ambulance personnel.”

The FSD stressed that after the seven casualties were treated, paramedics escorted them aboard a specially-arranged train to the Lai Chi Kok MTR station, where they were taken by ambulance to Caritas Medical Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment.

It said no one other than the seven who were taken to hospital needed treatment, and stressed that discrepancies between an initial count and the final tally of casualties are not unusual – especially in situations involving multiple casualties.

Many protesters question the official tally of the injured, and have been demanding the MTR to turn over security camera footage of what happened on August 31 after police ordered reporters to leave the station.

They question official accounts of what happened, and many have been placing bouquets of white flowers at the Prince Edward Station.