Police officers backed off when protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislature on July 1, waiting until midnight to disperse the crowds. Photo: EPA

Hong Kong police ‘to stay on defensive’ while dealing with radical protesters and will only escalate approach if there is violence or occupation of major roads

  • Force understands police community relations have chilled and want to avoid confrontation
  • Keeping minimal police presence could help ease the tension, says former police superintendent Clement Lai Ka-chi
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Police officers backed off when protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislature on July 1, waiting until midnight to disperse the crowds. Photo: EPA
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