Old timer justice hits back in Hong Kong street battles

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Old timer justice hits back in Hong Kong street battles

‘I’d rather they kill the elderly than hit the youngsters,’ said Grandpa Wong during a recent series of skirmishes

AFP

“Grandpa Wong” holds a cane above his head as he pleads with riot police to stop firing tear gas – an 85-year-old shielding protesters on the front lines of Hong Kong’s fight for democracy.

Despite his age, Wong is a regular sight at Hong Kong’s street battles, hobbling towards police lines, placing himself in between riot officers and hardcore protesters, hoping to de-escalate what have now become near daily clashes.

“I’d rather they kill the elderly than hit the youngsters,” he said during a recent series of skirmishes in the shopping district of Causeway Bay, a gas mask dangling from his chin...

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