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Commentary: How a leaderless movement in Hong Kong went haywire

Commentary: How a leaderless movement in Hong Kong went haywire

15.8.2019

Commentary: How a leaderless movement in Hong Kong went haywire

The outbreak of violence at the Hong Kong Airport has raised difficult questions about the protesters’ moral authority and the movement’s ability ...

This line of thinking, which pits protesters against everyone else who doesn’t support their mantra that the ends justify the means, is dangerous. It is this kind of strategy that will inevitably lead to two major consequences.

, which, worryingly, include arson and the use of petrol bombs on the part of the radical wing, or disavowed those responsible, the movement as a whole risks being tarnished by the actions of those few. This dynamic risks further damaging the protesters’ moral authority.

READ: Why it’s not in Beijing’s interest to rock the Hong Kong boat, a commentary

To me, the line must be drawn at basic human decency. Take a recent example: Some protesters besieging and vandalising a number of disciplined services quarters that accommodate off-duty police officers and their families.

It is sad to see innocent women and children getting threats like these simply because of their husband or father’s occupation.

No matter what sacred ideology we hold dear, or how resentful we might be of others who don’t share ours, we need to focus on our essential common humanity and rethink the use of violence to achieve our ends.

Here is one more worry I have. As the protests in Hong Kong have become so decentralised, nobody appears to be in a position to accept a negotiated compromise and call off street protests. Nobody is taking responsibility to condemn what the few bad apples have done in their name.

Protesters try to occupy the departures hall during another demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport on Aug 13, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Philip Fong)

Unfortunately, it seems protesters have left out of the protests these most crucial ingredients to preserve moral authority.

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