Illustration: Craig Stephens
Chris Lonsdale
Opinion

Opinion

Chris Lonsdale

Hong Kong’s protests are rooted in something deeper than the economy or foreign interference: they’re about fear and identity

  • A large number of today’s Hongkongers fled from China during the Cultural Revolution, and the protests reflect the trauma felt by them, and their descendants, at the lack of choice about their identity after 1997

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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More than a million demonstrators march against the proposed extradition bill on June 9. Since Carrie Lam ignored this protest, the gulf between protesters and the government has only grown. Photo: Bloomberg
Mike Rowse
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Mike Rowse

Hong Kong’s government needs short- and long-term solutions to the protest crisis – what it can’t do is wait indefinitely

  • Unresponsiveness from the government – supposedly accountable to both Hongkongers and Beijing – has been a major factor in the escalation of the crisis
  • Officials must quickly announce some kind of action on political reform and an independent inquiry to show they are listening, even if the measures don’t take effect right away

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More than a million demonstrators march against the proposed extradition bill on June 9. Since Carrie Lam ignored this protest, the gulf between protesters and the government has only grown. Photo: Bloomberg
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