Struggle Over Hong Kong’s Future Grows Extra Grim

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The photographs out of Hong Kong over the previous few days have been notably worrisome: a protester shot by police at point-blank vary, an older man set ablaze, a truck driver overwhelmed by demonstrators.

Whereas just one fatality has been linked to the protests since they started 5 months in the past, that quantity may simply be larger. Police and protesters are locked in a struggle over how a lot management Beijing has in one in all Asia’s high monetary hubs.

For the protesters, the usage of drive has at all times been a mandatory evil. Initially of the unrest, the federal government ignored a peaceable avenue march by lots of of 1000’s of individuals. It was solely when demonstrators stormed the legislature that authorities shelved a invoice permitting extraditions to mainland China.

The hazard now could be that each one this performs into Beijing’s palms. A high Chinese language official over the weekend recommended extra stringent safety legal guidelines have been wanted to cease the violence, elevating considerations that Beijing may look to additional subvert the town’s democratic freedoms — beginning with a district council election later this month.

Both manner, issues look set to worsen earlier than they get higher.

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–With help from Rosalind Mathieson, Ruth Pollard, Ben Sills and Flavia Krause-Jackson.

To contact the creator of this story: Daniel Ten Kate in Hong Kong at [email protected]

To contact the editor answerable for this story: Anthony Halpin at [email protected], Karl Maier

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