Protesters outside the police headquarters in Hong Kong. Photo: Kyodo
Karim Raslan
Opinion

Opinion

Ceritalah by Karim Raslan

After Hong Kong’s protests, cooler heads must prevail on both sides

  • It should be a warning for China boosters in Southeast Asia: the so-called ‘Beijing Consensus’ is not infallible
  • It could also serve as a powerful reminder to the leaders and populations of Southeast Asia: these liberties are worth defending

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Protesters outside the police headquarters in Hong Kong. Photo: Kyodo
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The Hong Kong protesters’ audacity – in particular their open defiance of the city’s ultimate political masters in Beijing – has gained them widespread praise. Photo: Dickson Lee

Scoffing in Singapore, praise in Philippines: how Asia sees Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests

  • The mammoth marches that involved an estimated 2 million people have inspired a range of views from the region’s citizens and direct action veterans
  • Some are in favour, and see hope in Hongkongers’ audacity – while others run the gamut from shrill condemnation to ambivalence
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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The Hong Kong protesters’ audacity – in particular their open defiance of the city’s ultimate political masters in Beijing – has gained them widespread praise. Photo: Dickson Lee
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