What lies behind the Hong Kong protests


Kenny Coyle outlines how US institutions are supporting parts of the Hong Kong opposition in alliance with local millionaire Jimmy Lai

It seems Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution has started to fold up.

Protest numbers have dwindled dramatically, rival factions within the eternally fractious anti-government camp have already started mutual recriminations and public patience with the week-long student and Occupy Central demonstrations has worn thin.

As if on cue, mainstream opposition politicians, who remained strangely silent during the protests’ upsurge, have now come forward urging restraint and dialogue at precisely the point at which the movement appears to have exhausted itself.

Likewise the Hong Kong Student Federation leaders, who had earlier demanded what was effectively direct talks with Beijing, now seem open to dialogue with the local government.

Remaining protesters have been berated by irate commuters, traders and workers in the affected areas, especially those directly employed by the government or…

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