It’s taken months, but the protesters in Hong Kong finally achieved their original goal. On Wednesday the legislature formally withdrew the bill that would have allowed extradition from Hong Kong to China.
That’s great, but it’s not the end.
As the protests began to take form, the people coalesced around five basic demands, including removing this legislation, Leader Carrie Lam stepping down, investigating police brutality, releasing those arrested for protesting, and greater democratic freedoms.
The first four can be clearly measured, but the last one is something of a catch all that doesn’t have form, which means both sides can argue over it forever.
The rallying cry of the protesters, who have trashed public buildings in the Chinese-ruled city and thrown petrol bombs at police, has been “five demands, not one less”, including universal suffrage.
Look for things to get worse in Hong Kong before they get better.