Protester have been detained by police in Mongkok as authorities step up their response to pro-democracy activists. After almost a year of Beijing ‘s escalating anger, a growing sense of impunity among police, and a still-dangerous pandemic the rules of engagement are being redrawn. The scenes were reminiscent of 2019 when legislators came to blows over the controversial extradition bill, which went on to spark the massive protests that roiled the city for months.

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