In 2012 I speculated that the election of Leung Chun-Ying as chief executive on 25 March that year ‘went down as the day Beijing put another nail in the democratic aspirations of Hong Kong. Two years on, and in light of the current demonstrations in this city of 7.2 million people, it is very tempting to suggest that nail represented the end of democracy in Hong Kong.

Over the last 20 years, every time Hong Kong people have heard some ‘menacing’ messages from Beijing, they have responded and become politically active. This time, the menacing message was the one I…

Antonio Castillo

Latin American journalist and senior academic at RMIT University, Melbourne — Australia

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