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Hong Kong polarised but sympathy for protesters remains

Survey shows Hong Kongers blame police more than protesters for spike in violence

As a sign of how polarised Hong Kong's society has become after five months - and counting - of protests, one man was set on fire on Monday and another hit with a brick on Wednesday after they got into arguments with protesters.

The former is in critical condition, while the latter died last night.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'Hong Kong polarised but sympathy for protesters remains'. Print Edition | Subscribe