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Without heroes or martyrs:

Hong Kong’s protest movement faces its defining moment


"Protesters who have carefully curated their image — they’re known for clearing pathways for ambulances and for leaving civilian property untouched — sensed a defining moment for their movement"... This article chronicles how the protesters handled an image crisis with the potential to undermine the credibility of the movement.

Why is this important?

“You see the emergence of the truly decentralized, networked movement,” said Edmund Cheng, a professor of politics at Hong Kong Baptist University whose research group has interviewed 6,600 protesters this year. “We have to invent a new word for it. It’s closer to the ideal form than anything we’ve seen so far.”


Gerry Shih
Anna Kam
Image Credit: StockSnap from Pixabay

Publication Date

August 19, 2019