Economic power of the politically powerless in the 2019 Hong Kong pro-democracy movement

Debby Sze Wan CHAN*, Ngai PUN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This commentary seeks to stimulate discussion about grassroots resistance that has taken on conglomerates in the faceless and leaderless 2019 pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. The scale, scope, and time span of these protests is unprecedented in the city and, at the time of writing, there is no sign they will soon abate. Behind eye-catching scenes of black-clad protesters filling the streets, a sea of light in assemblies, rounds and rounds of tear gas fired by police, people covered in blood, and burning shops, is an emerging economic resistance movement that aims to generate alternative political resources in an acutely imbalanced bargaining structure between protesters and the government.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalCritical Asian Studies
Volume52
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 2019 protests
  • democracy
  • Hong Kong
  • political consumerism
  • political strikes

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