Hong Kong Protests: Clashes In Shopping Mall

July 24, 2019

you Hong Kong police once prided themselves as one of Asia's finest forces but as the former British colony sinks deeper into chaos the fourth is facing a fresh crisis of its own sources have told Reuters it's struggling to cope amid haphazard decision-making and worsening morale what we're hearing is that there is a great deal of concern among rank-and-file officers that they're not getting the political protection they deserve so there's concern about leadership there's concern that the government might throw them under the bus if things get much heavier on the streets there's some senior former police officers who are still in touch with the force are telling us that they need far clearer guidelines on the use of teargas and so on perhaps to stop what we've seen to be increasing use of baton charges to clear small groups of protesters this was the scene outside the police HQ last month thousands rallied and blocked its entrances angry at how the police were handling the protests one member of the force told Reuters these recruitment posters that were once plastered around the building have now been torn down during the protests we're getting evidence that there is alarm both among the political elites both pro-beijing and Democratic and and also the police themselves that there is a breakdown in in the relations with the public I was out at Yale Tong on Friday night they were putting posters up on the linen walls and then there was some incident with the suspected policeman taking photographs and suddenly there were lots of people and commuters even swearing and screaming at the police calling them black dogs and far worse and I just hadn't seen behavior quite like that the marchers have turned into almost daily demonstrations and if the police struggled to maintain order some sources tell Reuters Plan B might involve China there are some foreign security analysts that are starting to look more closely at the expanding role of the people's armed police a paramilitary force on the mainland it forms an anti riot function and a mainland Chinese context not a free Hong Kong context they're a pretty robust force and I don't think that would be acceptable from what I understand not just to the Hong Kong public but also the Hong Kong police it wouldn't be as provocative as using soldiers but it would be one step in that direction a police statement to Reuters did not respond directly to questions about officers concerns that said violent protests seriously undermine the rule of law

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  • Reply Frank Lord July 24, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Here is a list of titles Hong Kong had earned before 1997: the heaven of criminal, the capital of forgery, the desert of literature, the center of global spies, the hell for foreign housemaids, and so forth. Some Hongkongers, like these protestors, are very proud of these accomplishments. They have their reason to keep their heritage. But they must be very careful. Because if they crossed the line, the central government will step in before 2047, all these glorious honors will be a history at that time.

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