Hong Kong is heading for a breakdown in law and order




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Posted by Ed 36 days ago
  • A growing crisis of confidence in law enforcement has seen questions raised about how long police can function effectively if violent protests continue
 
  • Anger among police has reached boiling point as officers feel blame has been pinned on them while radical protesters are glorified
 
 
Last week in Hong Kong, a well-respected businessman told me that as the city’s recent cycle of violence escalated, he had started receiving emails from overseas friends asking about his well-being and expressing concerns about the city’s overall safety.
 
On Tuesday, Charles Li Xiaojia, chief executive of stock market operator Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, told reporters international investors had voiced concerns about the fallout from the protests against the now-defunct extradition bill. Fortunately, no one had yet voted with their feet by leaving Hong Kong, he added.
 
 
Alas, that may change as the city braces for more violent protests in the coming weeks and months, particularly if last Sunday is any indication and political crisis cannot be averted.
 
 
 https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3019379/not-alarmist-talk-hong-kong-heading-breakdown-law-and-order

COMMENTS

Ed 36 days ago
‘Infinity war’: Hong Kong’s protesters dig in for a long summer of discontent
 
 
 Hong Kong’s extradition bill demonstrations have mutated into a much bigger and more complex animal, ripping open old wounds and expanding a political fight as the city battens down for a summer of protests.
 
 
Hong Kong’s extradition bill demonstrations have mutated into a much bigger and more complex animal, ripping open old wounds and expanding a political fight as the city battens down for a summer of protests.

The demonstrations pop up almost daily, often with little notice, as activists spread word of their cause with handwritten notes on so-called Lennon Walls across the territory and through Telegram and other messaging apps.

 
 What started as an angry response to a now-suspended extradition bill now includes demands for greater democracy, the resignation of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, and even keeping mainland tourists out of Hong Kong.
 

“I’m afraid there will be more confrontation further down the road,” said Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung, who has tried to mediate between activists and police.

“The protests will continue,” he added. “I would expect sizeable protests on and off continuously throughout the summer.”

 https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/07/18/infinity-war-hong-kongs-protesters-dig-long-summer-discontent/
 


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