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After over 10,000 arrests, what is Hong Kong going to do with all its dissidents?

The number of arrests arising from the 2019/20 protests has now exceeded 10,000, a staggering number by any standards.

In addition, arrests and prosecutions relating to the 2014 Umbrella protests are still underway, adding considerably to the total of politically-related prosecutions.

Photo: May James/HKFP.

In the last 15 months, the police have nabbed more than twice the number of people arrested during the city’s Cultural-Revolution-inspired riots of 1966/7. Yet back then, 51 people died, injuries were widespread and there was a very real fear of a complete collapse of order.

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