Protesters in Hong Kong becoming bolder, using 'riot-like' tactics, say experts

Policemen confronted by demonstrators on a street during a protest in Hong Kong on Aug 25, 2019.PHOTO: AP

HONG KONG - Street battles over the weekend between hundreds of anti-government protesters and the police suggest that some protesters have become emboldened, say security analysts, noting that the tactics deployed are increasingly aggressive.

While protesters initially had mostly engaged in largely defensive tactics - dousing tear gas canisters and using laser pointers to disrupt facial recognition cameras, for instance - the battles now include offensive elements.

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