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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong police watchdog backs controversial handling of protests

Report falls short of public expectations as city's political tensions intensify

A student runs from riot police in Hong Kong in November 2019. In a 1,000-page report submitted on Friday, the Independent Police Complaints Council examined more than 20,000 protest videos and reviewed nearly 7,700 public complaints.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong police watchdog found the force's contentious handling of the monthslong anti-government protests "reasonable" in a long-awaited report released on Friday, while conceding that there is "room for improvement" in officers' operation guidelines.

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