Volunteer brigade charges on in India amid protests against citizenship law

A volunteer provides first aid to a protester inside a police vehicle during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Ahmedabad on Dec 19, 2019.
A volunteer provides first aid to a protester inside a police vehicle during a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Ahmedabad on Dec 19, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - As a public health professional who has followed protests in Kashmir, Dr Sonali Vaid knew well the effects of tear gas. An Indian data journalism website in August found tear gas shells killed five people in Kashmir between January 2010 and May 2019.

So, when Dr Vaid read about its use last month against protesters in Delhi opposing an amended citizenship law, she immediately got down to work.

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