Peter Kammerer
Peter Kammerer
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Shades Off by Peter Kammerer

Hong Kong is turning into a police state as the separation of the force from politics becomes latest casualty of protests

  • Police have been given free rein to enforce laws as they wish, had their calls for stronger powers granted and Carrie Lam has rejected all calls for an independent inquiry into alleged abuses
  • Politically impartial police are a cornerstone of the rule of law that Hong Kong depends upon, and that is being eroded

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Shells are left on the ground after a night of clashes between the police and protesters in Yuen Long on July 27. Police have so far fired over 1,000 rounds of rubber bullets and beanbag rounds in an attempt to quell the protests. Photo: Felix Wong
Darren Mann
Opinion

Opinion

Darren Mann

Hong Kong protests: police under threat should first be able to use a stun gun, rather than live bullets

  • The shooting of a teenage protester in a close-proximity clash should prompt a review of the police arsenal. The taser stun gun, commonly used in law enforcement around the world, should be considered

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Shells are left on the ground after a night of clashes between the police and protesters in Yuen Long on July 27. Police have so far fired over 1,000 rounds of rubber bullets and beanbag rounds in an attempt to quell the protests. Photo: Felix Wong
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