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A Buddhist monk releases birds, symbolizing the spirits of the victims of the 2004 tsunami. This Chinese tradition of analogy was taken up by the demonstrators in Hong Kong. Samantha Sin/AFP

Hong Kong: when the citizen-birds rebel

Hong Kong protesters deeply identify with nature, a reference to the current environmental crisis but also a fluid conception of collective action that is inscribed in ancient Chinese tradition.
Hong Kong protesters shelter behind a thin barrier – and umbrellas – as police fire tear gas and encircle a group of demonstrators. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Is there hope for a Hong Kong revolution?

Revolutions are built not on deep misery but on rising expectations. History may not provide much hope of immediate change in Hong Kong – but protesters may have a longer view.
With more than 80% of Singaporeans living in state-provided housing, the city rates well for affordability compared to Sydney, where the figure is just 5.5%. Bill Roque/Shutterstock

Affordable housing lessons from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore: 3 keys to getting the policy mix right

A coordinated mix of policies does more to keep housing affordable for a significant proportion of a city's residents than the unbalanced approach we see in Sydney.
The biggest difference between the current protest movement and the 2014 Umbrella Movement is the striking solidarity among the various groups of demonstrators. Everyone feels they are ‘in the same boat’ together, new research shows. Roman Pilipey/EPA

New research shows vast majority of Hong Kong protesters support more radical tactics

A survey of 8,000 Hong Kong protesters shows that participants increasingly feel that radical protests are the most effective way to make the government heed public opinion.
Police separate pro-China and pro-Hong Kong students at an August 16 protest outside the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Kelly Barnes/AAP

Why Chinese and Hong Kong students clash in Australia: the patriotic v the protest movement

The protests in Hong Kong have led to clashes between Chinese students here in Australia. What is it that makes those from mainland China so patriotic towards their country and leadership?
As the violence continues to escalate in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam hasn’t signalled she is willing to seriously negotiate with the protesters. Jerome Favre/AAP

Like ‘shooting water’: why the Hong Kong government must accept that compromise is the only way forward

After weekend, another spasm of violence in Hong Kong. Why isn't the protest movement petering out after 12 weeks, and what will the government eventually do in response?

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