A police officer restrains a protester on Harcourt Road during clashes outside the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

When is a riot not a riot? Carrie Lam’s latest attempt to pacify Hong Kong public does little to clear muddy waters

  • Chief executive’s insistence that government has never described protesters as rioters raises more questions
  • Legal experts say people caught up in violent clashes could be charged just for being there
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition bill

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A police officer restrains a protester on Harcourt Road during clashes outside the Legislative Council Complex in Tamar. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.

Christy Leung

Christy Leung

Christy writes about crime and security-related stories for South China Morning Post's city desk.