A woman in a Guy Fawkes mask and other masked protesters gather outside the High Court on October 9, during an appeal hearing for pro-independence activist Edward Leung. Until the violence broke out, Hong Kong was widely admired as a beacon of civilised freedom and rule of law. Today’s vivid image is a city controlled by gas-masked black shirts. Photo: EPA-EFE
Andrew Sheng
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Andrew Sheng

The sad irony in Hong Kong protesters’ fight for democratic freedoms

  • Protesters in Hong Kong are demanding greater democratic freedoms when democracies across the Western world are increasingly in crisis, as the rule of law starts looking like the rule of the ‘swarm’. This mob democracy cannot be what Hong Kong really wants

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A woman in a Guy Fawkes mask and other masked protesters gather outside the High Court on October 9, during an appeal hearing for pro-independence activist Edward Leung. Until the violence broke out, Hong Kong was widely admired as a beacon of civilised freedom and rule of law. Today’s vivid image is a city controlled by gas-masked black shirts. Photo: EPA-EFE
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A young protester is held down by a police officer in Wong Tai Sin following scuffles during a mass rally on October 1. Photo: James Wendlinger
Paul Yip
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Paul Yip

Hong Kong’s spiral of violence needs to end, for the sake of our young people and our future

  • The two police shootings of teenagers are a wake-up call to stop the violence and protect our young people. Hong Kong has changed irrevocably. The government needs to respond to demands and make fundamental changes or the violence will linger for a long time

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A young protester is held down by a police officer in Wong Tai Sin following scuffles during a mass rally on October 1. Photo: James Wendlinger
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