Hong Kong police caught in a quandary

Riot police clearing an overhead bridge in Sheung Shui, New Territories, Hong Kong, on July 13. The protests against the anti-extradition Bill have taken a toll on officers, who find themselves stretched thin, exhausted and feeling increasingly disil
Riot police clearing an overhead bridge in Sheung Shui, New Territories, Hong Kong, on July 13. The protests against the anti-extradition Bill have taken a toll on officers, who find themselves stretched thin, exhausted and feeling increasingly disillusioned.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Since June 9, Hong Kong's embattled police force has been tested to the hilt, caught between a hostile public and the city's pro-Beijing government.

Protests that started out peacefully have escalated into heated confrontations that stretched late into the night, and violent clashes have grown in scale with each march.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 28, 2019, with the headline 'HK police caught in a quandary'. Print Edition | Subscribe