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Hong Kong: A Second Tiananmen?

In Hong Kong, public tensions are mounting over Beijing’s recent decision to restrict free and fair elections in 2017. A week-long strike by students begins on September 22. The citizens’ initiative Occupy Central with Love and Peace plans to stage a mass sit-in on the streets of Central. Readers may be interested to listen to my brief radio analysis of the roots and reverberations of the developing conflict. The wider significance of the umbrella uprising is the theme of a follow-up interview in early October 2014 with Sky News (Sydney):

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