Local residents argue with an anti-government protester outside the University of Hong Kong, in Pok Fu Lam on November 16. Photo: Reuters

What gives Hong Kong protesters the right to make everyone pay for their idea of democracy?

  • The central government may have room for improvement but the protesters of Hong Kong are doing no better in seeking to wield absolute power
  • The price for democracy is steep, but the protesters have unilaterally decided for all of Hong Kong to pay right now
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Local residents argue with an anti-government protester outside the University of Hong Kong, in Pok Fu Lam on November 16. Photo: Reuters
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Hong Kong protesters wave the British and US national flags at a rally in Central on August 16. Photo: Winson Wong

Do Hong Kong protesters know what those flags they are waving stand for?

  • No matter how high-minded the ideals, protesters have no special dispensation to ignore law and order, and other people’s rights
  • Choosing to play this game means risking arrest. That is how it works the world over, including in the great democracies of Britain and the US
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Hong Kong protesters wave the British and US national flags at a rally in Central on August 16. Photo: Winson Wong
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