Young protesters throw petrol bombs at police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon in November 2019. No one thought the protests sparked in June by an extradition bill would go on so long, says Jeff Wasserstrom, author of a book about recent events in Hong Kong. Photo: KyodoYoung protesters throw petrol bombs at police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon in November 2019. No one thought the protests sparked in June by an extradition bill would go on so long, says Jeff Wasserstrom, author of a book about recent events in Hong Kong. Photo: Kyodo
Young protesters throw petrol bombs at police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon in November 2019. No one thought the protests sparked in June by an extradition bill would go on so long, says Jeff Wasserstrom, author of a book about recent events in Hong Kong. Photo: Kyodo

Hong Kong protests will inspire world even if they fail, history professor writes in book about unrest, the city’s culture and its past

  • Jeff Wasserstrom compares current protests with 2014 ‘umbrella movement’ and earlier unrest in China, and police actions with those of Chinese police in 1989
  • A keen observer of social movements, he says history is sometimes blindsided. But he doesn’t see a repeat in Hong Kong of Tiananmen Square protest crackdown

Topic |   Books and Literature
Young protesters throw petrol bombs at police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon in November 2019. No one thought the protests sparked in June by an extradition bill would go on so long, says Jeff Wasserstrom, author of a book about recent events in Hong Kong. Photo: KyodoYoung protesters throw petrol bombs at police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon in November 2019. No one thought the protests sparked in June by an extradition bill would go on so long, says Jeff Wasserstrom, author of a book about recent events in Hong Kong. Photo: Kyodo
Young protesters throw petrol bombs at police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon in November 2019. No one thought the protests sparked in June by an extradition bill would go on so long, says Jeff Wasserstrom, author of a book about recent events in Hong Kong. Photo: Kyodo
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