However, Steve Vickers, CEO of risk consultant SVA and former head of the police’s criminal intelligence bureau, warned that if the force did not move in a much more determined manner then matters might eventually be taken out of its hands.
“What is now happening in Legco is mob rule – not legitimate political expression,” he said. “There will be damage to Hong Kong as a consequence of these global TV images.”
He said the violent protesters had lost public support as they ruined the progress made by the wider peaceful movement.
“The flying of the colonial flag inside Legco is stupid and ignorant and deliberately calculated to inflame the central government and its supporters and to provoke some form of intervention for extra tough action on the ground,” he warned.