A riot police officer stumbles as he attempts to arrest an anti-government protester in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, on September 22. Protesters and police have a lot more in common than Beijing and the police. Photo: Sam Tsang
Robert Boxwell
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Opinion

Robert Boxwell

Police and protesters need to make peace, to end the insanity of Hongkongers fighting Hongkongers

  • From the maligned shotgun-wielding sergeant to descriptions of vandalism as violence, Western media exaggerations play directly into Beijing’s hands
  • Continuing the violence will only erode global support for the protesters’ cause. Peaceful protests are the only way forward in a deeply divided Hong Kong

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A riot police officer stumbles as he attempts to arrest an anti-government protester in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, on September 22. Protesters and police have a lot more in common than Beijing and the police. Photo: Sam Tsang
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A fire burns on September 8 at one of the entrances to Central MTR station, in the business and financial heart of Hong Kong, during yet another weekend of violent protests. Photo: Edmond So
Michael Chugani
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Opinion

Michael Chugani

Violence blew the lid off Hong Kong’s simmering discontent. It’s about time

  • While peaceful mass protests went nowhere, violent unrest got Beijing to acknowledge the problem of unaffordable housing in the city, forced some concessions from Carrie Lam, and spurred overdue soul-searching
  • But, when the protests ebb, will Beijing further tighten its grip on the city?

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A fire burns on September 8 at one of the entrances to Central MTR station, in the business and financial heart of Hong Kong, during yet another weekend of violent protests. Photo: Edmond So
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