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The news agenda has moved on only stutteringly from the Hong Kong protests. The recurring spectre of pollution in north China has reared its head again as we approach the colder months; Chinese delegates are off in Germany signing high-level trade deals; and eyes are on the typhoon heading towards Japan, but the protests remain in the background with every new development seized upon like it might suggest some sort of solution.
As mentioned last week in this blog, we’ve seen the best and worst of Hong Kong during the protests, but it seems the revelations about the attitudes of those who rule Hong Kong – and those opposing them – just keep coming. The picture now is of two sides with fundamentally different values and who just won’t budge: the negotiations scheduled for last Friday collapsed in an atmosphere of deep mistrust and political calculation.
This could go on and on. Despite recurring clashes in Mong Kok, government calls to back down and fractures within the movement, the barricades remain firm and the sites well-and-truly occupied. LegCo – the territory’s law-making body – has yet to resume. Arguments abound as to how much this is costing the economy, to what extent continued disruption will be tolerated and the will and final goals of the protestors.
As of this moment, though, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It’s difficult even to picture what that light would even look like! Is this the new era of civil disobedience promised?
Comments below – what do you think it will take to bring the crisis to a head?
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