For Hong Kong’s student protesters, 2015 is off to a dismal start. They’d hoped that months-long demonstrations would lead to greater openness and dialogue with the city’s pro-China government. Now that he’s cleared the streets, though, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying seems to have lost interest in talking.
On Jan. 5, Leung canceled town hall meetings aimed at strengthening lines of communication with citizens. A day later, the government released a 217-page “Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong” that glossed over the gripes of pro-democracy forces. Police may begin arresting more than 30 protest organizers as soon as next week.
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