Hong Kong in crisis: protest violence is wrong but government inaction is worse

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After last week’s events, I do not think it is possible for any fair-minded person to view Hong Kong’s civil disturbances in unequivocal, black and white terms.Back in June, it was relatively easy. The government was clearly wrong in pressing ahead with controversial legislation after only a cursory public consultation and ignoring widespread unease. The students were heroes preventing the bill’s passage by physically blocking access to the legislature. The police were heavy-handed in…

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