The Long Road Ahead for Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement

Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, founder of Apple Daily, is released on bail after he was arrested by the national security unit in Hong Kong, China, August 12, 2020. (Lam Yik/Reuters)
All may not be lost, but Beijing’s crackdown has ensured that the movement faces a bleak short-term future.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was arrested late last week, he was paraded through the offices of his newspaper, Apple Daily, in handcuffs. The 72-year-old businessman was hardly a threat to the arresting officers, and during his previous interactions with law enforcement he had never been cuffed like that. But Beijing’s proxies in Hong Kong wanted a photo op.

Lai’s arrest was not an isolated incident. Monday also saw the arrests of other key figures in the city’s pro-democracy movement, including Agnes Chow — a pro-democracy campaigner who formerly led the Demosisto Party with Joshua Wong — and executives from

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