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Kerry Kennedy
Opinion

Opinion

Kerry Kennedy

Hong Kong voted for democracy. Now protesters and victorious political parties must showcase its strengths

  • From the High Court ruling on the mask ban to the district council election results, recent weeks have highlighted the power of democratic institutions
  • New councillors must be ambassadors of democracy in action while pro-democracy parties should draft policies that show they can be more than an opposition force

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Peter Kammerer
Peter Kammerer
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Peter Kammerer

It’s time for Hong Kong protesters to be realistic about their five demands and compromise, after district elections victory

  • Not all demands are equal: universal suffrage is not immediately likely, an amnesty is controversial and rioting is a charge best left to the courts
  • Protesters should instead focus on achieving more responsive governance, and push for an independent probe into police conduct

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