The US flag is waved as anti-government protesters on August 24 cover their right eye in tribute to the protester who suffered a severe eye injury during a demonstration. The US guarantees freedom of expression under the First Amendment but this freedom is based on the premise of peaceful assembly. Photo: Sam Tsang
Jin Qiu
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Jin Qiu

Hong Kong protesters must reject violence to succeed: just look at Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King

  • Hong Kong has erupted in protests time and again and failed to achieve the justice demanded. This time, why not learn from the successful history of civil disobedience and turn away from violence and riots?

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The US flag is waved as anti-government protesters on August 24 cover their right eye in tribute to the protester who suffered a severe eye injury during a demonstration. The US guarantees freedom of expression under the First Amendment but this freedom is based on the premise of peaceful assembly. Photo: Sam Tsang
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
Josef Gregory Mahoney
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Josef Gregory Mahoney

Tiananmen’s lesson: if Hong Kong’s protesters want a fight, Beijing will certainly give it to them

  • The leaders of China’s Communist Party have learned from both Tiananmen and the fall of the Soviet Union not to give in
  • The mainland Chinese public also appears to have little sympathy for Hongkongers, which will free Beijing’s hand to act decisively

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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