HK protesters mull tactics as intensity fades

24 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

HONG KONG: A sharp dip in the frequency and ferocity of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests has raised questions over the future of the leaderless movement, rattled by a spike in arrests and increasingly aggressive police tactics, reports AFP. 

At a recent rally in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district, 36-year-old clerk Freesia held mixed emotions.

Like so many Hong Kongers, he has spent much of the last seven months risking injury and prosecution by attending protests pushing for greater democracy and police accountability.   

But after 7,000 arrests and little sign of Beijing making any concessions, he wondered whether it was time for a change in tactics.

“We have to think of another way to fight for democracy instead of purely relying on street protests,” he told AFP, waving a flag with the slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”.

“If we continue our fight against the police on the streets, Hong Kong people beating Hong Kong people, this will pose no threat to Beijing.”

Similar debates are now raging on online forums, in cafes, bars and across dinner tables — how does Hong Kong’s democracy movement stay alive?