A rioter holds bricks during the disturbances in Mong Kok. While violence in social protests is never justified and nearly always self-defeating, there is now a clear obligation to understand and address its causes. Photo: AP

The rule of law needs more than lip service to survive in Hong Kong

Michael Davis says local officials and politicians have repeatedly failed to protect and preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy, which has created the conditions for cynicism to prosper

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A rioter holds bricks during the disturbances in Mong Kok. While violence in social protests is never justified and nearly always self-defeating, there is now a clear obligation to understand and address its causes. Photo: AP
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