• http://blog.beliefnet.com/cityofbrass Aziz Poonawalla

    I guess I fail to see the significance. It is moving, symbolically. But as far as actually changing anything politically, it will be far less effective than Tahrir Square or the Wisconsin protests. (and teh success of either of those is debatable)

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    I was going to write a long thing but, as a China-watcher for decades, I wouldn’t know where to begin.

    It’s amazing they have not been able to blot the memory among the Chinese people. It’s amazing they aren’t willing or able to stop it. It gives me hope for the future.

  • http://www.aclassicalliberal.net Classically Liberal Dave

    The protest isn’t as big a deal as Dean thinks it is until it happens in Tiananmen Square instead of Hong Kong. But since it’s happened in Hong Kong, I can now imagine that. This year’s turnout was bigger than last year’s, but there was a similar event last year.

  • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

    It’s a big deal just because they’re continuing to allow Hong Kong to be (relatively) free, even in the face of things like this, and even knowing news of it will leak to other parts of China.

    We know what someone like Putin would likely have done here. And we know what Assad is doing as we speak (and dither, and both conservatives and liberals act as if intervening would be unthinkable. Gah it’s depressing.)