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Targeted boycott and noncooperation — “If we withdraw now, we would lose everything that we have been fighting for”?

[updated on Feb. 8, 2016] —- After occupy: What could protestors have done to put pressure on the government? What could pro-democracy folks do now to sustain the movement without violating the law? The main non-cooperation act in the society is … 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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Final proposal sticks to Beijing’s rigid framework — and our analyses in the Journal of Democracy

[updated on June 1, 2015] [May 31] Beijing officials stand firm on 2017 poll and say strict framework for Hong Kong’s democratic reform will stay even if lawmakers reject plan Hong Kong government sticks to rigid Beijing framework in 2017 … 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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Is hunger strike effective? What could be more effective?

[Updated on Dec. 7] [Dec. 6] After over 100 hours, hunger striking students were taken to the hospital. While the hunger strike had little chance of compelling CY Leung to talk to students, it did reveal how heartless HK’s top officials … 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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Hong Kong risks descending into a police state–and the “Shopping Revolution”

[Updated on Mar 2, 2016] See arrest by appointment. See police action after the Fishball protests. [June 7, 2016] Approval ratings of the police continue to decline 港大民研:警隊評分創四年新低 [May 31, 2016] See how decadent police and pro-establishment camp have become … Continue reading

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The “Freedom without Democracy” model is broken

[Relevant developments on the erosion of freedoms are regularly added. Scroll down. Last updated on June 20, 2017.] My updated submission  to the British Conservative Party Human Rights Commission [July 1, 2016 — written in April] Life Support For “One Country, Two … Continue reading

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Escalation by protestors can also backfire

See also https://victoriatbhui.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/unity-is-the-key-to-success-vs-failure/ I have been talking about government action, police violence, and thug violence backfiring on HK people. Protestors who advocate escalation should know that their action can equally backfire on HK people, alienating supporters of the Umbrella Movement … Continue reading

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What’s next — Umbrella Movement into the second month

Patten’s advice: Do not even break glass doors or windows; remember how you have won the world with your nonviolent discipline. Think about how to pursue the struggle through other means. Watch his testimony. Are occupy movements sustainable when we … Continue reading

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Sacking James Tien (plus sidelining Tsang Yok-sing and Li Ka-shing)? You risk alienating pro-regime allies

[Updated on Mar. 1, 2016] Original post: If I could advise CY Leung, I would tell him to drop the proposed sacking of James Tien. This advice is based on my knowledge of contentious politics. Upper classes and business elites in … Continue reading

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HK Chief Executive says democracy “would produce policies skewed toward the poor”

Those on the Left have been sympathetic to CY Leung and critical of the protestors. Would CY’s honest words on how the system favors the rich trigger a rethink? Hong Kong Leader Reaffirms Tough Stance on Elections and Economic Discontent, … Continue reading

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This blog aims to explain the Umbrella Movement. Victoria Hui examines the movement based on theories of the state and contentious politics. Michael Davis analyzes the movement from the perspective of constitutional law and human rights. Blog posts are organized by … Continue reading

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Interviews and Daily observations (Oct. 5 – Sep. 30)

Arise America: Hong Kong Protest Leaders Call for Retreat Ian Masters/NPR http://ianmasters.com/content/september-29-protests-grow-hong-kong-china-cracks-down-social-media-shadow-tiananmen-hangs-o Nikkei Victoria Hui, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame in the U.S., suggested the protests partly stem from young people’s anger at decreasing social mobility … Continue reading

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