Trams are stranded as half a million protesters take to the streets in Hong Kong on July 1, 2003, to protest against the controversial Article 23 national security bill. Photo: AFP
David A. Rezvani
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David A. Rezvani

Has China forgotten how order was restored to Hong Kong after the 2003 Article 23 national security protests?

  • Instead of hardline tactics and threats of military intervention, Hu Jintao’s administration defused the crisis by collecting public opinion from Hong Kong directly, holding local leaders accountable and increasing economic reassurances

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Trams are stranded as half a million protesters take to the streets in Hong Kong on July 1, 2003, to protest against the controversial Article 23 national security bill. Photo: AFP
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
Vijay Verghese
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Vijay Verghese

For all Hong Kong’s sake, Carrie Lam must reach out to the peaceful majority, to isolate the radicals and halt the violence

  • Millions of Hongkongers have protested peacefully, but the small violent minority gets most of the attention. If the chief executive is willing to look past them and engage the silent majority, this story can still end happily

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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