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Clifton R. Emery
Opinion

Opinion

Clifton R. Emery

Protesters and police are descending into totalitarianism. Hong Kong needs an Athenian moment to save itself

  • Police and the protesters appear trapped, unable to negotiate and pushing each other to greater extremes
  • To protect its freedoms, Hong Kong’s individual communities and institutions should put issues affecting them to a vote – and the majority should not be held hostage by the few

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Clifton R. Emery

Clifton R. Emery

Dr Clifton R. Emery is an associate professor of social work and social administration at the University of Hong Kong. His research and practice embrace populations made vulnerable by domestic violence, child maltreatment, human trafficking, and refugee status. Recent research examines relationships between totalitarian-style control and violence. He also does some North Korean human rights work.