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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to media after arriving at a court Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to media after arriving at a court in Hong Kong, Sept. 30, 2020 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

Hong Kong’s Darkening Future, Through the Eyes of Unbowed Protesters

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

More than a year ago, months into the escalating protests in Hong Kong, a reporter with a local television station, Tsang, put on a bulletproof vest for the very first time.* She had gone for a drink the night before, wondering if it would be her last. A few days earlier at a protest, a reporter standing next to her was hit in the eye and permanently blinded by a police projectile; on another occasion, her cameraman had yanked her from the spot right before a Molotov cocktail exploded at her feet.

The vest proved to be a wise decision. The marches that day in early October, on Chinese National Day, had been scheduled to draw attention away from a military parade in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule. In a grim way, it worked: News that a Hong Kong policeman had shot an 18-year-old student protester in the chest grabbed international headlines, rather than the ceremony in Beijing. It was the first time the police force in Hong Kong had used live ammunition against demonstrators who had been protesting for months demanding that Beijing respect the territory’s autonomy. ...

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