A burning car in the Catholic area of Shortstrand during the Troubles in Belfast in 1996. Photo: AFP A burning car in the Catholic area of Shortstrand during the Troubles in Belfast in 1996. Photo: AFP
A burning car in the Catholic area of Shortstrand during the Troubles in Belfast in 1996. Photo: AFP
Rana Mitter
Opinion

Opinion

On Reflection by Rana Mitter

In Hong Kong’s national security law era, echoes of Northern Ireland’s Troubles

  • Draconian security laws, identity politics, linguistic divides, violent and non-violent resistance. Sound familiar?
  • The strange case of Northern Ireland shows the dangers, and opportunities, that come when a land is subject to different interpretations of its identity

A burning car in the Catholic area of Shortstrand during the Troubles in Belfast in 1996. Photo: AFP A burning car in the Catholic area of Shortstrand during the Troubles in Belfast in 1996. Photo: AFP
A burning car in the Catholic area of Shortstrand during the Troubles in Belfast in 1996. Photo: AFP
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Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford and author of A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival