Hong Kong protests: What's fuelling the unrest and ways to deal with it

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Singaporeans who have watched, in sadness and bewilderment, television footage of the ransacking and vandalising of Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) building by rioters on Monday night must be asking themselves two questions.

The first, and probably the easier one to answer, is: Why did the police retreat and allow the mob, fully prepared with helmets, goggles, masks, homemade armour, metal barricades and poles, to go on the rampage?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2019, with the headline Hong Kong protests: What's fuelling the unrest and ways to deal with it. Subscribe