A dangerous point has been reached for Hong Kong as a result of ever-escalating protests. The city is sliding towards anarchy, law and order being increasingly disregarded. An application for a demonstration in Yuen Long tomorrow has been rejected by police on grounds that it poses a severe risk to public order, but the organiser is adamant that it will go ahead and violence would seem inevitable.
Officers have to come up with a foolproof strategy to keep the peace, while Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has to show leadership by appealing for cool heads and calm. Police are right to contend the danger of violence between protesters and opponents is too high to warrant approval.