A man talks to police officers as protesters marching down Nathan Road from Tsim Sha Tsui arrive in Mong Kok on July 7. With the government unwilling to meet protesters’ demands and the protesters unwilling to back down, Hong Kong’s stand-off looks intractable. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong’s millions of peaceful protesters are being held hostage by Carrie Lam’s focus on the violent minority

  • The government’s message, despite launching a ‘dialogue platform’, seems to be that it will make no meaningful concessions, even as it demands protesters back down
  • An amnesty for both sides has historical precedent and is the only practical route out of the crisis
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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A man talks to police officers as protesters marching down Nathan Road from Tsim Sha Tsui arrive in Mong Kok on July 7. With the government unwilling to meet protesters’ demands and the protesters unwilling to back down, Hong Kong’s stand-off looks intractable. Photo: Dickson Lee
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