In Hong Kong, protesters use lasers against facial recognition

Civil protests and unrest in Hong Kong took to the next level when higher technology was used instead of Molotov cocktails and tear gas. If earlier protesters hid their faces under bandages and masks, now they are armed with powerful laser lights. With their help, the rebels try to disable or at least blind police video cameras.

The current conflict in Hong Kong has a complex plot. Formally, we are talking about a protest against the deportation of local criminals to mainland China, where they will be tried under stricter laws. More broadly, there is a danger for Hong Kong that its legal system will be absorbed by the one used in China. Hong Kongers desperately want to remain independent, but prolonged street fighting has led the Chinese authorities to now refer to the protesters as terrorists.

The problem is that about a million people took to the streets of Hong Kong, and there are only a few thousand of them who are truly aggressive. In turn, the police use surveillance cameras to track provocateurs and saboteurs and identify them using a face recognition system. And this, according to the Hong Kongers, is also a symptom of the suppression of freedom and totalitarianism that mainland China brings to them.

In response to the use of surveillance systems, lasers appeared in the arsenal of protesters. Not combat systems, but those used to organize light shows. With their help, the rebels blind the police and try to get into the camera lenses in order to hinder their work.