Masked protesters gather outside the High Court in Admiralty in support of activist Edward Leung, jailed for taking part in the 2016 Mong Kok riots, during an appeal hearing on October 9. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong protesters should be offered rehabilitation as an alternative to prison

Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Masked protesters gather outside the High Court in Admiralty in support of activist Edward Leung, jailed for taking part in the 2016 Mong Kok riots, during an appeal hearing on October 9. Photo: AFP
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An anti-government protester wears a mask during a demonstration in Wong Tai Sin district on October 4. Photo: Reuters
Robin Hibberd
Opinion

Opinion

Robin Hibberd

The violence won’t end if Hongkongers would prefer to take their chances with the mob rather than side with Carrie Lam

  • Many people understand the rage of the protesters, even if they don’t support the violence. Such empathy is further coloured by mistrust of the Carrie Lam administration. The government must take positive action to realign public opinion

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An anti-government protester wears a mask during a demonstration in Wong Tai Sin district on October 4. Photo: Reuters
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