Officers and protesters clash during demonstrations against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition legislation, with police now rolling back on the use of the term ‘riot’. Photo: Sam Tsang

Police roll back on categorisation of Hong Kong protests as a riot, with only those who threw bricks or used metal poles now likely to face most severe charges

  • Police commissioner Stephen Lo says he had merely used the term ‘rioting’ to refer to protesters who displayed violent behaviour outside Legislative Council
  • Lo also reveals that of 32 people arrested since Wednesday, only five are accused of rioting
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition bill

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Officers and protesters clash during demonstrations against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition legislation, with police now rolling back on the use of the term ‘riot’. Photo: Sam Tsang
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