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Letters | Hong Kong protests: police using excessive force as violence begets violence

In America police firing live rounds at protesters is an extreme rarity, and typically reserved for armed demonstrators. Only one of the protesters shot by Hong Kong police was armed – but not with a gun

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In America police firing live rounds at protesters is an extreme rarity, and typically reserved for armed demonstrators. Only one of the protesters shot by Hong Kong police was armed – but not with a gun

Hong Kong protests: police using excessive force as violence begets violence
If Hong Kong protesters want democracy, they need to practise what they preach
Is there hope for Hong Kong when city’s leader is so out of touch?
Letters | How to further inflame Hong Kong protests: start talking about the national security law

Senior Beijing official’s comments linking the protests to the lack of a national security law in Hong Kong add to the pressure on the city’s chief executive, who is struggling to contain the unrest.

15 Nov 2019 - 6:35AM

Senior Beijing official’s comments linking the protests to the lack of a national security law in Hong Kong add to the pressure on the city’s chief executive, who is struggling to contain the unrest.

How to further inflame Hong Kong protests: start talking about the national security law
Letters | Why the US must not give up its leading role in the Asia-Pacific

Today, the economies of the Asia-Pacific are more essential to the lives of more people than at any previous moment in history.

15 Nov 2019 - 5:59AM

Today, the economies of the Asia-Pacific are more essential to the lives of more people than at any previous moment in history.

Why the US must not give up its leading role in the Asia-Pacific
Hong Kong’s real ‘enemy of the people’ are Carrie Lam and her crew
Letters | Hong Kong protesters seeking greater freedoms risk destroying everyone else’s

Violent protests have been tolerated in Hong Kong in the name of freedom. But some Hongkongers’ extreme pursuit of democratic freedoms is costing others their freedom of speech and other liberties.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM

Violent protests have been tolerated in Hong Kong in the name of freedom. But some Hongkongers’ extreme pursuit of democratic freedoms is costing others their freedom of speech and other liberties.

Hong Kong protesters seeking greater freedoms risk destroying everyone else’s
Letters | As Hong Kong protest nightmare worsens, an independent inquiry is Carrie Lam’s last chance to redeem herself

Government supporters ask us to trust the IPCC, even though the panel’s own experts doubt it is up to the task. Lam has to take the calculated risk of opening a truly independent inquiry to keep this situation from escalating further.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

Government supporters ask us to trust the IPCC, even though the panel’s own experts doubt it is up to the task. Lam has to take the calculated risk of opening a truly independent inquiry to keep this situation from escalating further.

As Hong Kong protest nightmare worsens, an independent inquiry is Carrie Lam’s last chance to redeem herself
If Hong Kong could find consensus after 1967 riots, it can do the same again
Letters | Hong Kong police in riots city: scared boys with lethal toys need better leaders

In 1967, officers faced down aggressive rioters with little save their discipline and resolve. Fast-forward to 2019, and over-armed officers facing less dangerous protesters are clearly in need of leadership.

13 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM

In 1967, officers faced down aggressive rioters with little save their discipline and resolve. Fast-forward to 2019, and over-armed officers facing less dangerous protesters are clearly in need of leadership.

Hong Kong police in riots city: scared boys with lethal toys need better leaders
Letters | Hong Kong protests: city lawyers cannot let rule of law become collateral damage

Lawlessness cannot be allowed to become the new normal in a city where the rule of law is a core value. Under the maxim “equality before the law”, no one is above the law, whether the government or the private citizen.

13 Nov 2019 - 6:45AM

Lawlessness cannot be allowed to become the new normal in a city where the rule of law is a core value. Under the maxim “equality before the law”, no one is above the law, whether the government or the private citizen.

Hong Kong protests: city lawyers cannot let rule of law become collateral damage
Letters | Why Hong Kong government can’t teach kids how to spot fake news

To have the government take charge of media literacy training risks letting loose the same rhetoric of biases that liberal studies now triggers.

12 Nov 2019 - 8:05AM

To have the government take charge of media literacy training risks letting loose the same rhetoric of biases that liberal studies now triggers.

Why Hong Kong government can’t teach kids how to spot fake news
Letters | Hong Kong protests: why there’s no sense in blaming ‘both sides’

The government ignored peaceful demonstrations and police responded to the early protests with excessive force. All protesters are asking for is a more democratic system.

12 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

The government ignored peaceful demonstrations and police responded to the early protests with excessive force. All protesters are asking for is a more democratic system.

Hong Kong protests: why there’s no sense in blaming ‘both sides’
Hong Kong protesters throwing away city’s last edge over Shenzhen
Letters | Hong Kong protests have not destroyed city’s soul, as random acts of kindness show

Police and protesters have accused each other of lacking sympathy but, despite the violence and intolerance on both sides, there have also been examples of kindness during protests, and hope for reconciliation must not be lost.

11 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM

Police and protesters have accused each other of lacking sympathy but, despite the violence and intolerance on both sides, there have also been examples of kindness during protests, and hope for reconciliation must not be lost.

Hong Kong protests have not destroyed city’s soul, as random acts of kindness show
Those blaming Hong Kong police have never felt the heat of a petrol bomb
Letters | Why Hong Kong schools must be a place for politics and free speech: it’s where students prepare themselves for real life

While violence in school is unacceptable, politics is essential. Students should be learning to think about political and moral matters from different perspectives. They are the generation we are handing society to.

11 Nov 2019 - 6:30AM

While violence in school is unacceptable, politics is essential. Students should be learning to think about political and moral matters from different perspectives. They are the generation we are handing society to.

Why Hong Kong schools must be a place for politics and free speech: it’s where students prepare themselves for real life
As long as Hong Kong elite don’t feel the pinch,  protests are likely to rage on
Letters | What Hong Kong’s protesting youth need: lessons on how to tell fake news from fact

To prevent future unrest, Hong Kong youth need to be taught media and information literacy, rather than patriotism, so that they are not swayed by fake news.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:05PM

To prevent future unrest, Hong Kong youth need to be taught media and information literacy, rather than patriotism, so that they are not swayed by fake news.

What  Hong Kong’s protesting youth need: lessons on how to tell fake news from fact
Letters | Hong Kong police clearly feeling the pressure of months of mass protests: an inquiry would serve them best

As professionalism is pushed to its limits, the responsibilities should not fall solely on overwhelmed frontline officers. A commission of inquiry would be a first step to getting them out of the quagmire.

10 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

As professionalism is pushed to its limits, the responsibilities should not fall solely on overwhelmed frontline officers. A commission of inquiry would be a first step to getting them out of the quagmire.

Hong Kong police clearly feeling the pressure of months of mass protests: an inquiry would serve them best
NBA stood up to China in free speech defence: it’s about time more brands did the same
Are New York protesters copying Hong Kong, or the other way around?
How Hong Kong found a great teacher in Carrie Lam
Going to Singapore: filthy Hong Kong taxis and foul driving make sure this visitor isn’t coming back
Letters | Donald Trump help Hong Kong protesters? Remember US betrayal of Syrian Kurds

America’s abandonment of its key ally in their moment of need brings home the point that Americans cannot be trusted. Let this be a wake-up call to those in Hong Kong hoping to rely on sustainable US support.

9 Nov 2019 - 2:08AM

America’s abandonment of its key ally in their moment of need brings home the point that Americans cannot be trusted. Let this be a wake-up call to those in Hong Kong hoping to rely on sustainable US support.

Donald Trump help Hong Kong protesters? Remember US betrayal of Syrian Kurds
Letters | Hong Kong protests: This is the house that Carrie Lam built and it’s burning itself down

By turning the police force into a guerilla army while ignoring the people’s demands, the government is only making the Hong Kong crisis steadily burn on

8 Nov 2019 - 8:45PM

By turning the police force into a guerilla army while ignoring the people’s demands, the government is only making the Hong Kong crisis steadily burn on

Hong Kong protests: This is the house that Carrie Lam built and it’s burning itself down
Letters | Who are violent Hong Kong protesters really hurting? It’s not China

Protesters won’t get what they want with unrelenting violence, and a forceful crackdown is not helping either. It is time for both sides to de-escalate.

8 Nov 2019 - 7:25AM

Protesters won’t get what they want with unrelenting violence, and a forceful crackdown is not helping either. It is time for both sides to de-escalate.

Who are violent Hong Kong protesters really hurting? It’s not China
Letters | Hong Kong universities must take principled stand on freedoms and their abuse

Chinese University’s stated aims include producing students who are tolerant and responsible. Administrators should draw a clear line between acceptable behaviour and abuse, between freedom and responsibility.

8 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

Chinese University’s stated aims include producing students who are tolerant and responsible. Administrators should draw a clear line between acceptable behaviour and abuse, between freedom and responsibility.

Hong Kong universities must take principled stand on freedoms and their abuse
Letters | To understand Hong Kong protests: don’t get angry, get rational

We should not pass judgment based on anecdotal evidence or attack people’s character instead of their behaviour. We must accept that citizens need to abide by the law, and that actions have consequences.

7 Nov 2019 - 8:00AM

We should not pass judgment based on anecdotal evidence or attack people’s character instead of their behaviour. We must accept that citizens need to abide by the law, and that actions have consequences.

To understand Hong Kong protests: don’t get angry, get rational
Hong Kong police: masked thugs or remarkably restrained with violent protesters?