Men believed to be Hong Kong police officers dressed as protesters detain demonstrators on Hennessy Road during a protest in Causeway Bay on August 11. Photo: Bloomberg

Why Hong Kong police have lost the trust of the people they are meant to serve

  • How can Hongkongers feel safe and trust the police when they see grab squads tie up young people and take them away, while refusing to identify themselves or say what offence was committed?
Topic |   Hong Kong police

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Men believed to be Hong Kong police officers dressed as protesters detain demonstrators on Hennessy Road during a protest in Causeway Bay on August 11. Photo: Bloomberg
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The words: “Five demands, not one less”, are projected by pro-democracy lawmakers onto the wall behind Chief Executive Carrie Lam as she prepares to deliver her policy address in the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, on October 16. Photo: EPA-EFE
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Lessons from 1970s Hong Kong: the danger of unchecked police powers, and how a judge-led inquiry and an amnesty can work

  • When police mutinied in 1977 against an ICAC probe into corruption within the force, the governor of the time backed down, quickly ending a profound crisis
  • Carrie Lam’s policy address was perhaps her last chance to apply similar political solutions to the current crisis. Unfortunately, she completely missed the mark

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The words: “Five demands, not one less”, are projected by pro-democracy lawmakers onto the wall behind Chief Executive Carrie Lam as she prepares to deliver her policy address in the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, on October 16. Photo: EPA-EFE
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