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Economic Power of the Politically Powerless in the 2019 Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement

Author(s): Debby Chan, Ngai Pun

In: Critical Asian Studies, Vol 52, No 1, 2020, pp. 33-43

The authors, from the Department of Sociology at the University of  Hong Kong, note the unprecedented 'scale, scope and time span' of these grassroots 'leaderless' protests. They also comment on the dramatic scenes of violent confrontation between police and protesters. They argue that this confrontation obscures 'an emerging economic resistance movement' trying to develop alternative political resources to redress the imbalance in power between them and the government.