(The Irish Times) As far as securing more democratic representation for Hong Kong going forward, the situation appears grim, said Alvin Cheung, a researcher at New York University School of Law’s US-Asia Law Institute and formerly a Hong Kong lawyer. “It is difficult to see how any meaningful bargain for electoral reform in Hong Kong can happen for the foreseeable future,” he said. “Beijing has demonstrated no willingness to reverse its hard-line policies on Hong Kong; this in turn has directly contributed to the rise of localist and pro-independence parties, at the expense of mainstream pro-democracy parties...Unless Beijing is prepared to change course and regain the trust of the Hong Kong public, there seems to be little point in discussing changes to how the legislature or the chief executive are selected,” said Cheung.
(BBC) "Youngsters get really agitated and frustrated. They don't know what their future is," says local writer Jason Ng. On a hot Hong Kong tram rattling through this densely packed human hive, he remarks that this is not the tour the Chinese president will get. "He will be taken on a North Korean-style highly controlled tour where he will only see the best side of Hong Kong. He will not see pain and suffering or protesters."
(The Australian) Antony Dapiran is an Australian lawyer working in Hong Kong whose new book to be published by Penguin next month is titled City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong. He says: “In a city whose population identifies itself — at least vis a vis its sovereign, the PRC — by reference to the rights and freedoms it enjoys which the rest of China’s population does not, protest is an embodiment of that identity, embracing as it does the freedoms of speech, expression and assembly.” He says the authorities’ tolerance — or not — of such protests serves as a barometer of the health of the unique “one country, two systems” formula.