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Once known as 'Asia's finest,' Hong Kong police now stand accused of brutality

HONG KONG - Ethan Chu was volunteering at an aid station near government headquarters here last week for what started out as a peaceful demonstration.

Then, without warning, the 18-year-old high school student heard the pop and hiss of tear gas canisters and the shrieks of fellow protesters being pelted by rubber bullets.

"I was in complete shock," said Chu. "People with injuries started coming to us for help. Then the police started throwing tear gas at us. It was hard to evacuate anyone. We couldn't breathe."

The June 12 crackdown by police in full riot gear only hardened the resolve of the demonstrators - who were protesting an unpopular extradition bill that they viewed as a threat to the territory's democratic freedoms - and

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