Hardcore Hong Kong protesters behaving more like vigilantes, critics say

Above: A masked man attacking another man in Kowloon on Sunday, in front of journalists. In recent weeks, some protesters have targeted property and individuals with greater ferocity. Left: Protesters setting fire to an entrance of the Admiralty MTR
A masked man attacking another man in Kowloon on Sunday, in front of journalists. In recent weeks, some protesters have targeted property and individuals with greater ferocity. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Above: A masked man attacking another man in Kowloon on Sunday, in front of journalists. In recent weeks, some protesters have targeted property and individuals with greater ferocity. Left: Protesters setting fire to an entrance of the Admiralty MTR
Protesters setting fire to an entrance of the Admiralty MTR station.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

HONG KONG • When protesters in Hong Kong last weekend came upon an older, shirtless man who was threatening a crowd, they pounded him to the ground with a stick.

When a taxi swerved into a group of protesters nearby, some dragged the driver out and beat him until he was covered in blood.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2019, with the headline 'Hardcore protesters behaving more like vigilantes, critics say'. Print Edition | Subscribe