If Beijing does not budge, the struggle for Hong Kong will last decades

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Police violence has further radicalised protesters, and China’s ‘one country, two systems’formula lies in tatters

Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala Sun 27 Oct 2019 14.50 EDT

 ‘Vast numbers still turn out for unauthorised protests, wearing masks to taunt the administration and underscore its impotence.’ Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters
‘Vast numbers still turn out for unauthorised protests, wearing masks to taunt the administration and underscore its impotence.’ Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Either way, Beijing’s “one country, two systems” formula is in tatters. All attempts to intimidate protesters with police violence and mass arrests have instead radicalised the movement. Now Hong Kongers are girding themselves for a long struggle ahead. Vast numbers still turn out for unauthorised protests, wearing masks to taunt the administration and underscore its impotence. As the weeks pass, the issues become ever more intractable, the conflict more entrenched and society ever more divided. If the government does not budge and the violence continues to escalate, Hong Kong’s own Troubles may last for decades.

The authorities are boxed in; any reforms that fall short of concessions could worsen the situation, as would no action

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Souce: The Guardian

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