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Story - Protests - Hong - Kong - Question
On to the main story. As we’ve been covering the protests in Hong Kong (which may have led to us being blocked), one recurring question has involved the relatively small number of protesters who have engaged in violence with the police. While generally frowned on, a few of these “front line” protesters (as they have come to be known) are defending their actions as being necessary in the face of equally aggressive tactics employed by law enforcement. The Associated Press interviewed a few of them and found some philosophical differences between different groups of people taking to the streets and demanding a more democratic form of government.
The movement has reached a moment of reckoning after protesters occupying Hong Kong’s airport last week held two mainland Chinese men captive, beating them because they believed the men were infiltrating their movement.
Aftermath - Lawmakers - Demonstrators - Hard-liners - Steps
In the aftermath, pro-democracy lawmakers and fellow demonstrators — who have stood by the hard-liners even as they took more extreme steps — questioned whether the operation had gone too far.
It was the first crack in what has been astonishing unity across a wide range of protesters that has kept the movement going. It gave pause to the front-liners, who eased off the violence this past weekend, though they still believe their more disruptive tactics are necessary to get the government to answer the broader movement’s demands.
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