Most demonstrators against planned deliveries to China are young people. The government has ignored their worries for too long.
Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam has miscalculated. After peacefully demonstrating hundreds of thousands on Sunday, she reacted to the mass protests with condescension: she had sufficiently explained the law. Who was against it, just did not get it.
The escalation was in sight. For many Hong Kong Lam is a puppet of Beijing. They will have confirmed the last days. At the same time, the head of government seems to be learning from the Communist Party. It ignores the will of the people, suppresses protests and persecutes activists. This is the tool of Beijing.
Lam threatens with her course to destroy the future of Hong Kong. Most of the demonstrators are young people. The government has ignored their worries for too long. The extradition agreement is just the trigger for their anger. Beijing robs them of their freedom. The Chinese government wants to bleed the city.
That's not the only reason. Many lack an economic perspective. The salaries are stagnant. The competition from Chinese graduates is high. The apartment prices are astronomical. They fight on the streets because they feel they can not lose anything anymore.
The more decisive are the coming days. How the government deals with the protests will determine the course of the city for years to come. Hong Kong's strength is its rule of law and liberal values. If the prime minister reacts with new severity, that will not pay off for them. The only winner would be Beijing.
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