Agreed, the advice I was given which seemed good was be flexible and give yourself plenty of time.Flying into Hk for 4 nights for work in a fortnight. Spoken to people on the ground and I have no concerns. Advice was to just watch online to see where the protests are and then steer clear of those areas. Obviously don’t plan to range too far, you’ve just got to be sensible.
Talk to the hotel reception each morning and they will likely be able to tell you the places to avoid.
Don't get me wrong, what is happening is not good, but I also think the media is taking the perfect photos to sell advertising space on their websites.