Confrontations between security forces and protesters have gotten “increasingly ugly with outside groups of civilians getting involved and the scene at the airport," CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson reported.
“It’s just a scene that's gotten uglier and uglier with no signs of compromise between the city government and the demonstrators. And it just feels like one massive self-inflicted wound by both sides, unwilling to find a compromise and resorting to do more and more damage to their own city in their effort to try to get some kind of an upper hand in this incredible test of wills,” he said from Hong Kong.
Watson said reporters on the ground have observed demonstrators detaining people suspected of working with the police.
“So according to our reporters on the ground, the demonstrators detained an individual that was suspected of being an undercover police officer and what our reporters on the ground have said is that those demonstrators then refused any medical first aid access to that person who then became unconscious," he said.
Watson said this is “an ugly turn of events” that will “damage the reputation of these protesters who have tried to kind of present themselves as heroes to bystanders.”
“But the fact is with their escalation of this campaign of civil disobedience, what they've done is ensnared a lot of innocent bystanders in this ongoing drama here,” he added.