A riot police officer gestures as the police disperses residents and protesters in Sham Shui Po on August 7. Photo: AP in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Protesters surrounded a Hong Kong police station to demand the release of a university student arrested for apparently buying laser pointers, sparking the latest confrontation in the Chinese city. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Hong Kong police must be empowered to disperse protesters before they become a mob

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A riot police officer gestures as the police disperses residents and protesters in Sham Shui Po on August 7. Photo: AP in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Protesters surrounded a Hong Kong police station to demand the release of a university student arrested for apparently buying laser pointers, sparking the latest confrontation in the Chinese city. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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