A riot police officer uses pepper spray on protesters on August 3. Clashes between Hong Kong police and protesters have become a regular sight this month. Photo: Felix Wong

Beijing won’t deploy the PLA in Hong Kong but may use the city’s police force instead

  • Emboldened by praise from Beijing, the Hong Kong police might become increasingly brutal in handling protesters
  • Peaceful civil disobedience would be a more productive way for protesters to achieve their goals
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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A riot police officer uses pepper spray on protesters on August 3. Clashes between Hong Kong police and protesters have become a regular sight this month. Photo: Felix Wong
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Alex Lo
Alex Lo
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

My Take by Alex Lo

Hong Kong police given carte blanche to suppress unrest

  • There will be a serious escalation in the application of force across the city, but it will not involve PLA troops. That may actually be worse for Hong Kong

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