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Chaotic protests in Hong Kong results in demonstrators detaining man they think is Chinese agent

Posted: 3:05 PM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 18:05:42-04
Chaotic protests in Hong Kong results in demonstrators detaining man they think is Chinese agent

Emergency officials took an injured mainland Chinese man away from the Hong Kong Airport on Tuesday after angry protesters who accused him of being a Chinese undercover agent tied up his hands and tried to beat him up.

The man was pictured with his hands bound with cable ties, lying in a fetal position on the ground surrounded by a crowd of protesters as demonstrations continued at the airport for a second day and turned tense late Tuesday.

Some tried to kick and hit him while others tried to hold the crowd back.

Protesters said they detained him because he wore a press vest and claimed to be a reporter, but a mainland Chinese ID card and a T-shirt that read "I love Hong Kong police" was found in his belongings.

The chaotic situation eventually ended when protesters allowed ambulance workers to take the man away on a stretcher.

Pro-democracy protesters have been sensitive to police infiltration after activists were arrested by officers dressed just like them.

Police have acknowledged that they use undercover officers in some operations.