It’s time for Hong Kong protesters to be realistic about their five demands and compromise, after district elections victory

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Victory is sweet, to be sure. Hong Kong’s district councils are now awash with pro-democrats after the recent elections and triumphalism is rife among protesters who helped drive the upset. But the movement needs to be realistic and less demanding. With Beijing and its supporters still reeling and searching for a response, now is the time for compromise.Protesters, knowing that the authorities have been caught off guard, continue to hold rallies. The chant of “five demands, not one less” rings…

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