A demonstrator stands on top of a traffic light during a protest on August 25. Most people do not willingly spend their precious weekends at political rallies. They are stirred to take political action when life becomes so bad they feel they have no choice. Photo: Reuters
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

With any luck, Hong Kong’s ninja protesters will hang up their masks and the summer of discontent will pass

  • To keep things in perspective, the Hong Kong protests have been less self-destructive than Brexit. With Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of the extradition bill, the city may have a slim chance of returning to calm and restarting political reform

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A demonstrator stands on top of a traffic light during a protest on August 25. Most people do not willingly spend their precious weekends at political rallies. They are stirred to take political action when life becomes so bad they feel they have no choice. Photo: Reuters
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Cliff Buddle
Cliff Buddle
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Cliff Buddle

At long last, Carrie Lam has heeded one call from Hong Kong protesters: it’s not much, but it’s a start

  • After three months of sometimes violent protests, the government has relented by withdrawing the extradition bill, but more must be done
  • End the silence on alleged police abuses, put universal suffrage back on the agenda, and examine why so many young people are directing their anger at Beijing

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