13th June 2019 – (Hong Kong) A protestor’s face was grazed by a rubber bullet during the violent clash with police at around 4pm yesterday and the wound was so serious that the victim received 10 stitches. The bullet was fired 5 meters away from him.
Rubber bullets can be dangerous and harmful. The small body of research that has looked at the injuries they cause has routinely found a high number of seriousinjuries and a small number of deaths. According to Wikipedia, rubber bullets (also called rubber baton rounds) are rubber or rubber-coated projectiles that can be fired from either standard firearms or dedicated riot guns. They are intended to be a non-lethal alternative to metal projectiles. Like other similar projectiles made from plastic, wax, and wood, rubber bullets may be used for short range practice and animal control, but are most commonly associated with use in riot control and to disperse protests.[These types of projectiles are sometimes called baton rounds. Rubber projectiles have largely been replaced by other materials as rubber tends to bounce uncontrollably.