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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Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, who went on to win the Kuomintang’s ticket to contest Taiwan’s presidential election next year, waves to the media in Hong Kong on March 22. If Hong Kong could accommodate dissenting pro-independence voices, it could serve as a demonstration to Taiwan of what reunification with the mainland could look like. Photo: AP

Beijing should liberate Hong Kong’s political minorities to win Taiwan over

  • While the localist camp in Hong Kong is a decided minority, and independence will never work in the city, Beijing should accommodate opposition voices in the city, if it wishes to reunify with Taiwan peacefully
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Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, who went on to win the Kuomintang’s ticket to contest Taiwan’s presidential election next year, waves to the media in Hong Kong on March 22. If Hong Kong could accommodate dissenting pro-independence voices, it could serve as a demonstration to Taiwan of what reunification with the mainland could look like. Photo: AP
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