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Mass arrests of Hong Kong protesters by police could backfire in long run, say academics

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September 3, 2019

Mass arrests of anti-government demonstrators might help reduce violence in the short-run but could backfire in the long term, two Hong Kong academics have said.

Lingnan University’s Samson Yuen Wai-hei, who has been observing protesters on the ground since unrest against

the now-abandoned extradition bill

erupted in June, found the police tactic of stepping up arrests had been in force since the middle of last month.

“It appears police are adopting a deliberate strategy of arresting as many frontline protesters as possible,” he said.

Police held 159 people in connection with protests spreading several districts from Friday to Sunday, taking to 1,117 the total number of arrests since the protest movement began in earnest nearly four months ago.

Nearly 370 of those have been made since August 16, accounting for a third of all arrests since June 9.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:24 am

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