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Letters | Hong Kong extradition bill protests blurring the lines between peaceful picket and mob riot

Protesters and their supporters must see that rights come with duties for trust to thrive between the people and government. This applies to ‘one country, two systems’ as well.

18 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

Protesters and their supporters must see that rights come with duties for trust to thrive between the people and government. This applies to ‘one country, two systems’ as well.

Hong Kong extradition bill protests blurring the lines between peaceful picket and mob riot
Letters | Three steps for Hong Kong to heal rifts caused by extradition bill: but will Carrie Lam take them?

If Chief Executive Carrie Lam will not withdraw the bill, she can pledge not to resurrect it during her term. An independent inquiry into the events of June 12 and a youth survey on important issues would also go a long way.

18 Jul 2019 - 7:30AM

If Chief Executive Carrie Lam will not withdraw the bill, she can pledge not to resurrect it during her term. An independent inquiry into the events of June 12 and a youth survey on important issues would also go a long way.

Three steps for Hong Kong to heal rifts caused by extradition bill: but will Carrie Lam take them?
Letters | Hong Kong protesters who can’t accept ‘one country’ should seek exit route

There are many voices in society, sometimes contradictory, and not all voices can be heard. So when one’s voice fails, exiting – instead of resorting to violence – may be the next logical step.

18 Jul 2019 - 12:00PM

There are many voices in society, sometimes contradictory, and not all voices can be heard. So when one’s voice fails, exiting – instead of resorting to violence – may be the next logical step.

Hong Kong protesters who can’t accept ‘one country’ should seek exit route
Letters | In Hong Kong, building public housing on expensive, reclaimed land with a sea view defies logic

Since Lantau Tomorrow Vision proposes creating a business district, floor space is likely to command premium prices. Reserving 70 per cent of flats there for public housing is a disservice to taxpayers.

17 Jul 2019 - 7:35AM

Since Lantau Tomorrow Vision proposes creating a business district, floor space is likely to command premium prices. Reserving 70 per cent of flats there for public housing is a disservice to taxpayers.

In Hong Kong, building public housing on expensive, reclaimed land with a sea view defies logic
Letters | Give Hong Kong’s millions of peaceful protesters what they deserve: democracy

History will be unkind to the ineffective Hong Kong government if it refuses to give the people more of a say in how the city is run and fails to craft better socioeconomic policies.

17 Jul 2019 - 7:05AM

History will be unkind to the ineffective Hong Kong government if it refuses to give the people more of a say in how the city is run and fails to craft better socioeconomic policies.

Give Hong Kong’s millions of peaceful protesters what they deserve: democracy
Letters | Donald Tsang was the victim of a miscarriage of justice, having committed no misconduct

The facts of the case laid out in the Court of Final Appeal’s judgment make it clear that the former chief executive did not engage in “abuse of powers or duties”.

17 Jul 2019 - 6:45AM

The facts of the case laid out in the Court of Final Appeal’s judgment make it clear that the former chief executive did not engage in “abuse of powers or duties”.

Donald Tsang was the victim of a miscarriage of justice, having committed no misconduct
Letters | For Hong Kong to cool down, Carrie Lam must meet protesters halfway

While it might be impossible for the government to meet all five demands of the protesters, its refusal to consider alternative proposals to the extradition bill shows it is unwilling to compromise.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

While it might be impossible for the government to meet all five demands of the protesters, its refusal to consider alternative proposals to the extradition bill shows it is unwilling to compromise.

For Hong Kong to cool down, Carrie Lam must meet protesters halfway
Letters | Hong Kong extradition protests risk repeating the errors of 2014 Occupy movement

In 2014, protesters refused to compromise on how universal suffrage could be achieved. Today’s extradition protesters are taking the same non-yielding stance, at a cost to the rule of law and Hong Kong’s democratic development.

16 Jul 2019 - 7:30AM

In 2014, protesters refused to compromise on how universal suffrage could be achieved. Today’s extradition protesters are taking the same non-yielding stance, at a cost to the rule of law and Hong Kong’s democratic development.

Hong Kong extradition protests risk repeating the errors of 2014 Occupy movement
Letters | Post-Brexit UK will need friends: so why pick fights with China and the US?

Leading candidates for British prime minister have managed to offend the leaders of the two largest economies in the world.

16 Jul 2019 - 2:00AM

Leading candidates for British prime minister have managed to offend the leaders of the two largest economies in the world.

Post-Brexit UK will need friends: so why pick fights with China and the US?
Letters | What Hong Kong students learn from liberal studies is how to live with different views

By teaching students how to think from others’ perspectives, and helping them see that actions have consequences, liberal studies, as currently taught, can actually prevent political extremism.

15 Jul 2019 - 1:00PM

By teaching students how to think from others’ perspectives, and helping them see that actions have consequences, liberal studies, as currently taught, can actually prevent political extremism.

What Hong Kong students learn from liberal studies is how to live with different views
Letters | Beijing had no hand in pushing for Hong Kong extradition bill: but this is why protests will continue

The Hong Kong government initiated the bill to deal with the Taiwan murder case and in fact, Legco discussions on the rendition of suspects date back to 1998

15 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

The Hong Kong government initiated the bill to deal with the Taiwan murder case and in fact, Legco discussions on the rendition of suspects date back to 1998

Beijing had no hand in pushing for Hong Kong extradition bill: but this is why protests will continue
Donald Trump and history: first it was fake news, now it’s stupid news
Letters | Singapore feels for Hong Kong protesters, but won’t support violence: harmony and stability are core values

The extradition bill has unleashed the unhappiness over issues such as housing and jobs that date back to the colonial era – domestic matters that Singaporeans respect as Hong Kong’s own business.

14 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

The extradition bill has unleashed the unhappiness over issues such as housing and jobs that date back to the colonial era – domestic matters that Singaporeans respect as Hong Kong’s own business.

Singapore feels for Hong Kong protesters, but won’t support violence: harmony and stability are core values
Letters | What Chinese leaders can learn from the Swedes about playing it cool in politics

The greater the official fuss over gossipy books, the more people are likely to believe that there is truth to the fiction. Cut the fuss, let Gui Minhai go, and no one will believe his books.

14 Jul 2019 - 5:00AM

The greater the official fuss over gossipy books, the more people are likely to believe that there is truth to the fiction. Cut the fuss, let Gui Minhai go, and no one will believe his books.

What Chinese leaders can learn from the Swedes about playing it cool in politics
Letters | Extradition bill protesters and their backers have chosen politics over the rule of law

Out of control demonstrations risk a descent into nihilism if they go continue to go unchecked.

13 Jul 2019 - 1:15PM

Out of control demonstrations risk a descent into nihilism if they go continue to go unchecked.

Extradition bill protesters and their backers have chosen politics over the rule of law
Letters | The last word on Hong Kong extradition bill: why won’t Carrie Lam say it?

The bill has been variously described as shelved, suspended and even dead. But why can’t the government say it is “withdrawn”: the one thing protesters have asked for?

13 Jul 2019 - 8:30AM

The bill has been variously described as shelved, suspended and even dead. But why can’t the government say it is “withdrawn”: the one thing protesters have asked for?

The last word on Hong Kong extradition bill: why won’t Carrie Lam say it?
Most of Hong Kong supports you, Carrie Lam: add oil
Letters | Hong Kong is a part of China and can solve its own problems: third parties should keep away

There is no need for sensational reporting or for interjections from foreign politicians. We do not need the current discontent and violence to be encouraged by third parties who do not accept the People’s Republic of China’s system of government.

12 Jul 2019 - 1:00PM

There is no need for sensational reporting or for interjections from foreign politicians. We do not need the current discontent and violence to be encouraged by third parties who do not accept the People’s Republic of China’s system of government.

Hong Kong is a part of China and can solve its own problems: third parties should keep away
Letters | Hong Kong police acted with restraint against protesters but are called ‘brutal’: why is that?

Hong Kong police quelled the riots of the late ’60s with force, including live ammunition. Why were they ‘heroes’ and today’s more restrained officers ‘brutes’?

12 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

Hong Kong police quelled the riots of the late ’60s with force, including live ammunition. Why were they ‘heroes’ and today’s more restrained officers ‘brutes’?

Hong Kong police acted with restraint against protesters but are called ‘brutal’: why is that?
To fix Hong Kong, drop the conspiracy theories and start talking
Letters | Open inquiry into Hong Kong police action is Carrie Lam’s trump card: why won’t she use it?

An open and comprehensive inquiry into clashes between the police and extradition bill protesters is a sure way for the government to regain public confidence.

11 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

An open and comprehensive inquiry into clashes between the police and extradition bill protesters is a sure way for the government to regain public confidence.

Open inquiry into Hong Kong police action is Carrie Lam’s trump card: why won’t she use it?
Letters | How to prevent more Hong Kong protesters from turning radical

Invest more in communicating with the city’s disaffected youth, because cracking down will only make things worse.

11 Jul 2019 - 10:56AM

Invest more in communicating with the city’s disaffected youth, because cracking down will only make things worse.

How to prevent more Hong Kong protesters from turning radical
Letters | Hong Kong protesters and government forces must find ways to de-escalate

The Hong Kong government should withdraw the extradition bill and protesters should accept this as a win. Failure to de-escalate could mean PLA intervention, and the end of the Hong Kong we know.

10 Jul 2019 - 5:25PM

The Hong Kong government should withdraw the extradition bill and protesters should accept this as a win. Failure to de-escalate could mean PLA intervention, and the end of the Hong Kong we know.

Hong Kong protesters and government forces must find ways to de-escalate
Letters | Hong Kong protests are providing hope to young people who need it

Hong Kong is indeed a deeply divided society, because young Hongkongers want it to be distinct from the mainland and their leaders aren’t listening.

10 Jul 2019 - 5:27PM

Hong Kong is indeed a deeply divided society, because young Hongkongers want it to be distinct from the mainland and their leaders aren’t listening.

Hong Kong protests are providing hope to young people who need it
Letters | How Hong Kong media can help city cope with the mental toll of protests

We need more media stories on kindness, compassion and the overcoming of personal struggles, to inspire and encourage those who may be finding it hard to cope or seek help.

10 Jul 2019 - 7:30AM

We need more media stories on kindness, compassion and the overcoming of personal struggles, to inspire and encourage those who may be finding it hard to cope or seek help.

How Hong Kong media can help city cope with the mental toll of protests
Protecting Hong Kong’s rule of law or backing mob rule? Democracy comes with its own list of duties
Letters | Violence is ruining the message from Hong Kong protests: stop your rioting

To answer police violence with rioting just makes two wrongs, not a right.

9 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

To answer police violence with rioting just makes two wrongs, not a right.

Violence is ruining the message from Hong Kong protests: stop your rioting
Letters | No, Hong Kong’s problems were not created by liberal studies: but unaccountable officials may have played a role

Tung Chee-hwa blames the liberal studies curriculum his administration introduced for the discontent of young people today. He would do better to fault another failed programme he started.

9 Jul 2019 - 7:45AM

Tung Chee-hwa blames the liberal studies curriculum his administration introduced for the discontent of young people today. He would do better to fault another failed programme he started.

No, Hong Kong’s problems were not created by liberal studies: but unaccountable officials may have played a role
Letters | Was someone to blame for Hong Kong protesters running riot in Legco?

The chief executive’s indifference as Hongkongers peacefully demonstrated, and even died, made escalation inevitable.

8 Jul 2019 - 1:00PM

The chief executive’s indifference as Hongkongers peacefully demonstrated, and even died, made escalation inevitable.

Was someone to blame for Hong Kong protesters running riot in Legco?
Letters | The real threat to the rule of law in Hong Kong? It is not the protesters

Hongkongers have a deep respect for the law and proper procedure, and it would take something much bigger than unwise acts of violence by a minority to change that. What would destroy Hong Kong’s rule of law would be authoritarian government actions.

8 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

Hongkongers have a deep respect for the law and proper procedure, and it would take something much bigger than unwise acts of violence by a minority to change that. What would destroy Hong Kong’s rule of law would be authoritarian government actions.

The real threat to the rule of law in Hong Kong? It is not the protesters