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Reflections One Year On

[updated on Oct. 17, 2015] My commentaries to commemorate the first anniversary What the current political storm spells for Hong Kong’s freedoms (HKFP) 打壓不會輕易落幕 好戲在後頭 (The struggle to rein in HK’s freedom is not over and more is yet to come) (Ming Pao) … Continue reading

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The End of Fake Universal Franchise (For Now)

[Note: The veto may well represent the closing of the Umbrella chapter in HK’s 3-decade-old democracy movement. (See background.) Of course, the struggle for genuine universal suffrage will go on and we will continue to comment and blog on the latest developments. … Continue reading

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What went wrong? Insights from “Almost a Revolution”

I watched the documentary “Almost a Revolution” on May 29 at the Cattle Depot Artist Village, part of the Umbrella Festival. The 3-hour-long documentary really zooms in on the splits among protestors from the first week. It reinforces what scholars of contentious … Continue reading

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After occupy: Division by ideology and over tactics; polarization

[Updated on April 20, 2016] During the umbrella movement, “1.2 million people took part in Occupy protests, poll shows.” See also a cross-class movement. HK democrats/protestors are united over the goal of “genuine universal suffrage” but divided over strategies and tactics. While … Continue reading

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The fallacy that nonviolence has not worked–“we thought if we could keep the revolution peaceful, it might lead to some changes”

Original post: Can HK protestors continue to maintain nonviolent discipline? People who doubt the effectiveness of nonviolence are clearly unaware of failed violent movements around the world. Plenty of people study movement tactics and HK protestors should learn from such lessons. Not just “rowdies” … Continue reading

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Escalation by other means?

After an eventful night of direct confrontation, maybe protestors are ready to consider alternative methods of escalation? The HK Federation of Students and Scholarism called on supporters to surround the central government offices last night. I never agreed with Regina Ip but … Continue reading

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Unity and leadership are critical to success–why it is wrong to advocate “there are no organizers but only ordinary people, no orders but only commonsense”

[Updated on Mar. 20, 2015] See also “almost a revolution” ——- I am increasingly troubled by the challenges of what Patten calls “rowdies” to the movement’s mainstream. All over the world, unity is what makes or breaks a movement. Occupiers … Continue reading

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The Umbrella Movement failed (or was already failing then)? Why do some people say that?

[Updated on Sep 29, 2015] See also divided, unity and leadership. Pundits argue that the Umbrella Movement failed because it did not compel CY Leung to step down or to re-open consultations on universal suffrage. To begin, success is difficult everywhere: Jeremi Suri, a … Continue reading

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Umbrella movement or revolution — What’s in a name?

[Updated on Sep 29, 2015] Umbrella Movement or Umbrella Revolution? The “Umbrella Revolution” is a name coined by international journalists. Hong Kong protestors quickly adopted it. They love the symbolism of “umbrella.”  While many people also follow the term “revolution,” … Continue reading

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