Mass protests may become the new normal for Hong Kong

Hong Kong youth unhappy with life in the city may turn more to street action. The only thing that can stop them will be a Hong Kong government that meets their need for secure housing and well-paying jobs

The protest marches which started last month in Hong Kong culminated in episodes of ugly violence at the Legislative Council (LegCo) Complex on Monday.

As 30,000 protesters surrounded the LegCo building, hundreds stormed inside by breaking glass panels and damaging the building's steel shutters. Once they entered the LegCo chamber, the protesters vandalised and destroyed equipment, portraits and documents. They also painted graffiti all over the walls. It was the worst violence seen in Hong Kong in recent years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2019, with the headline 'Mass protests may become the new normal for Hong Kong'. Print Edition | Subscribe