HONG KONG - Hong Kong police took to the streets on Monday night in a show of force in a district hit by some of the most violent clashes with protesters in recent months, but withdrew without major confrontations after being jeered by onlookers.
Many Hong Kongers feel police have used excessive force against protesters - some school students and young adults - and are demanding an independent inquiry into police action.
“The police are ridiculous, they are out of control,” said James, 22, who watched police on Monday night. “We are sticking to our beliefs and trying to express our voices to the government, but they use force to try to make us afraid and try to make us stay at home.”
Police arrived at several locations in the Mong Kok district in vans and marched down the street, some beating their shields, but were easily outnumbered by media and onlookers and later withdrew to cheers.