Opinion

The crisis in Hong Kong has clearly gone beyond the issue of the proposed extradition law. What we have seen over the last few weeks has been a pressure cooker that has been uncovered and has brought out the expression of a multifaceted wave of discontent. It also reflects deeply rooted identity issues, dissatisfaction with the way the One Country Two Systems principle has been implemented, notably in recent years, and great concern about the future. After all, for those who are 20 years old, 2047 is not that far away. It has a real impact on their life. Lack of hope and trust in local and central authorities result in a rather gloomy future prospect. The regrettable clashes between police and protesters resulted in a preventable use of force on both sides, and are also a symptom of the inability of the Carrie Lam Administration (a Chief Executive whose legitimacy shrinks by the day) to regain political initiative and show leadership and competence. There seems to be no quick fix for this crisis, but this cannot make one unaware of the urgency of beginning to walk the path of reconciliation, avoiding the mistakes made after the 2014 Occupy Movement. A surgical correction of policy is not enough.

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