The Limits of Mass Protest in a Dictatorship (Project-Syndicate)

Public opinion cannot remove a communist government by electing another one. But the PRC does aspire to a certain degree of respectability in the world. Sending tanks to crush protests in Hong Kong would make China look very bad – though this does not mean that the government would not do so, if it saw no other way.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/limits-of-protest-in-hong-kong-by-ian-buruma-2019-07

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of ToleranceYear Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently,  A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir.

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