The police, by all account if not their own reputation, won't let the public to go "DIY" on the insurgents because it'd most likely get really bloody quickly as citizens don't have ROE, like the police.You know, I think they should just let the protesters stay there. Let them do their thing, and if they keep there and inconvenience people, then the public will turn on them one at a time.
Let's see how long they can keep going for.
Though this morning the police finally show those boys and girls some taste of "American standard". Views on this definitely polarized, as the social scene in HK by now already, but I can tell you it's elation on the pro-establishment side.