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Reporter @aliceysu takes readers inside a new underground network of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in Hong Kong - who are willing to help injured protesters too afraid to go to hospitals because they may be arrested.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-10-30/hong-kong-protests-traditional-chinese-medicine 

Thousands of protesters have stopped going to Hong Kong’s hospitals, afraid of being reported by doctors and nurses for joining mass protests that have rocked the city for 20 weeks.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-10-30/hong-kong-protests-traditional-chinese-medicine 

Doctors in the underground network use herbal medicines and ancient practices like acupuncture, long-revered in Hong Kong, which remains a bastion of Chinese cultural tradition even among residents who resent the Communist Party’s rule.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-10-30/hong-kong-protests-traditional-chinese-medicine 

The network has more than 50 doctors across Hong Kong who have treated hundreds of protesters. Some doctors treat protesters in their own clinics after hours. Others borrow or rent space from salons, offices and nonprofit organizations.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-10-30/hong-kong-protests-traditional-chinese-medicine 

The underground doctors make a clear distinction between Chinese government and culture. For them, using traditional medicine is a way of asserting that Hong Kongers can challenge Beijing's authority without rejecting their roots.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-10-30/hong-kong-protests-traditional-chinese-medicine 


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