Protesters gather on a road near Hong Kong International Airport on September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport after a night of violence marked by fires, tears gas and police beatings. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong protesters want democracy but are shaking the very foundations it is built on

  • The example of the Philippines suggests universal suffrage alone does not guarantee good governance
  • Hong Kong needs reconciliation and the end of violence before it can restart the movement towards democracy
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Protesters gather on a road near Hong Kong International Airport on September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport after a night of violence marked by fires, tears gas and police beatings. Photo: AFP
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