Protesters do what they think is right—while they still can”: an interview with Dr. Jason Y. Ng


 

Jason Y. Ng is an author who has published several books on Hong Kong, including the first book in English about the Umbrella Movement of 2014 and most recently, Unfree Speech, which he co-authored with the activist Joshua Wong.

In what way has the pandemic influenced the ongoing protests in Hong Kong?

“Even before the pandemic began, the protest movement in Hong Kong had quieted down significantly. It was in part because of the landslide victory by the pro-democracy camp at a local election in November—which had helped to quell public anger, and in part because many of the frontline protesters had been arrested over the period of prolonged social unrest. Then came the pandemic and the lockdowns and ban on public gatherings, all of which had worked against the protesters”.

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