Protesters cover their right eyes as they attend the Stand in Silence for the 74th Anniversary of the Liberation of Hong Kong event at the cenotaph in Hong Kong on Aug. 30, 2019. Beijing would rather Hong Kong's authorities deal with the city's protests, although it will step in if it needs to.
With new protests and potential violence in Hong Kong a distinct possibility in the weeks ahead, the city's police force is striving to stay a step ahead of its competition. At present, the situation on the street remains volatile, as protesters plan new rounds of industrial strikes and class boycotts and the police prepare for a harsher crackdown with advanced equipment, including water cannon. At the same time, Hong Kong's authorities have been in discussion about making a final roll of the dice -- a far-reaching emergency ordinance that would further restrict people's ability to protest -- in an effort to head off the nuclear solution: direct intervention by Beijing....
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