Scuffles break out between riot police and anti-government protesters on October 5. Photo: Winson Wong Scuffles break out between riot police and anti-government protesters on October 5. Photo: Winson Wong
Scuffles break out between riot police and anti-government protesters on October 5. Photo: Winson Wong
Gunter Schubert
Opinion

Opinion

Gunter Schubert

Hong Kong’s protesters will find that violent action to achieve abstract ideas is a suicide mission

  • Large-scale, peaceful uprisings against specific targets – from ‘patriotic’ education and national security laws to extradition – have succeeded
  • The violent tactics increasingly employed in the past months won’t work, and Western governments will not step in when they fail

Scuffles break out between riot police and anti-government protesters on October 5. Photo: Winson Wong Scuffles break out between riot police and anti-government protesters on October 5. Photo: Winson Wong
Scuffles break out between riot police and anti-government protesters on October 5. Photo: Winson Wong
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Gunter Schubert

Gunter Schubert

Gunter Schubert is chair of Greater China Studies and director of the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany.