October 3, 2019 / 9:26 AM / 18 days ago

Hong Kong police relaxed guidelines for using force in protests: documents

People take part in a students' demonstration on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in solidarity with the student protester who was shot by a police officer on October 1, the CUHK students who were arrested in anti-government protests, and the pro-democracy movement, in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China, October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police loosened guidelines on the use of force officers should use in the run-up to demonstrations on Oct. 1, giving them greater power to deal with protesters in difficult situations, according to documents seen by Reuters.

In the documents, the police manual changed some guidelines on how officers could act when considering force and also removed a line that stated officers should be accountable for their actions.

Reporting By Clare Jim; Editing By Anne Marie Roantree and Raissa Kasolowsky

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