Alan Lau oversaw operations during the 2014 Occupy protests and the 2016 Mong Kok riot. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong police bring former top officer out of retirement in surprise move to tackle escalating anti-government protests

  • Insiders stunned by ‘extremely rare’ move in bringing back former deputy chief Alan Lau, who oversaw operations during Occupy protests and Mong Kok riot
  • He has been appointed deputy commissioner on special duty for six months, to ‘enhance strategic command and oversee public order events’
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Alan Lau oversaw operations during the 2014 Occupy protests and the 2016 Mong Kok riot. Photo: Edward Wong
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Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch John Tse (centre) says the beams emitted from the laser pointers can “flash blind” someone and also cause serious eye injuries. Photo: Roy Issa

Hong Kong police defend arrest of Baptist University student leader for possessing laser pointers, even as lawmaker and professors question evidence to prove motive of accused

  • Police call items ‘laser guns’ and defend arrest by demonstrating power of beams they produced at press conference
  • Lawmaker and professors condemn arrest, saying pointers were bought legally and it was not clear if they were meant to harm anyone
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch John Tse (centre) says the beams emitted from the laser pointers can “flash blind” someone and also cause serious eye injuries. Photo: Roy Issa
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