Two water cannon trucks and an armoured vehicle arrive as clashes break out between riot police and students protesting near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with tear gas and petrol bombs exchanged, in Hung Hom on November 17. Photo: Felix Wong

Why Hong Kong is not London of 2011: protesters here have clear political aims and wide community support

  • Carrie Lam’s comparison of the social unrest in the two cities is off the mark, but should not stop her from learning a lesson from the past: policing by water cannon does not work
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Two water cannon trucks and an armoured vehicle arrive as clashes break out between riot police and students protesting near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with tear gas and petrol bombs exchanged, in Hung Hom on November 17. Photo: Felix Wong
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Pro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham (right) celebrates with a supporter in the early hours of November 25 after winning his district council seat. Photo: AP

Why democracy matters in Hong Kong: eight lessons from the district council elections

  • Sheer turnout and results show that Hongkongers won’t accept handouts in exchange for an erosion of rights, and reject patronising governance enabled by the pro-establishment camp’s rubber stamp
  • Protesters should also see that voting is more effective than vandalism
Topic |   Hong Kong district council elections

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Pro-democracy candidate Jimmy Sham (right) celebrates with a supporter in the early hours of November 25 after winning his district council seat. Photo: AP
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