Hong Kong’s protesters are testing the limits of China’s patience.  They might yet find themselves in a police state without any freedoms they are striking for.  It would be terrible PR for Beijing to order troops into the city, but it might not stop them.  One can’t forget Tienanmen Square where activists were mowed down by police bullets. The open questions are do the strikers understand how far they can go, or are they living in the moment without concern for what China’s leaders might do?  It would be a pity if the city and its environs were cordoned off and turned into a controlled environment.  China is doing that already with Muslims in the Western part of the country.  Protesters need to keep a weather eye to the west and know when to pile their signs and go home.  

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