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A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after they breaking in to the Legislative Council building. A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after breaking in to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, July 1, 2019 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

Will the Storming of Hong Kong’s Legislature Doom Its Protest Movement?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China.

Hong Kong was rocked by another round of protests against its controversial extradition bill on Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the territory’s return to Chinese rule. While hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters took to the streets, a smaller group of activists stormed and occupied the city’s legislature. The contrasting tactics revealed a divide in the protest movement that could undermine it. There are fears that Beijing will use the violence as justification to strengthen its grip over Hong Kong, further eroding the “one country, two systems” arrangement that is supposed to guarantee the city its semiautonomous status. ...

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