Black versus Yellow in Hong Kong protests


As paralyzing protests enter their third week in Hong Kong, a split emerges in the movement between a conservative current seeking to keep the goal restricted to narrowly defined "democracy," and a more working-class element also concerned with economic grievances. In the former camp are groups such as Civic Passion, which has adopted the color yellow, with a populist anti-mainland politics that precludes solidarity with striking workers in the Pearl River Delta just across the border. The latter camp includes "black" anarchists who emphasize the financial links between Hong Kong capital and Pearl River industry—ironically posing a far greater threat to Beijing's rulers than the dominant "pro-democracy" populist strain in the movement. An in-depth analysis from ULTRA magazine explores the dilemma.

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