Chandran Nair is founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow, a Hong Kong-based think tank. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.

Hong Kong (CNN)With protests in Hong Kong entering a new phase over the past week, it can sometimes feel like the city is seeing both the opening and closing of political debate.

On the one hand, the protesters — whether or not you agree with their message or tactics — appear to have convinced most locals, including members of the establishment, that Hong Kong needs fundamental change. That could be reflected in district council elections this weekend, in which pro-democracy candidates are expected to make major gains. At the same time, the sense of fear around sharing one’s opinion has been heightened. Restaurants and stores have been labeled as pro-protest or pro-police. Mainland Chinese residents and visitors are unnerved by increasingly anti-China rhetoric and action from some protesters, and people on both sides of the divide have been attacked. Much needs to be done to rebuild trust in Hong Kong, not just in its institutions but also between its citizens. The current stalemate can only be addressed via dialogue — as the saying goes, “you can only make peace with your enemies.” A group of protesters leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University holding hands before surrendering to police in the Hung Hom district on November 22.A group of protesters leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University holding hands before surrendering to police in the Hung Hom district on November 22. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA group of protesters leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University holding hands before surrendering to police in the Hung Hom district on November 22.Hide Caption 1 of 170Protesters use clothes and helmets to form "SOS" at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 21.Protesters use clothes and helmets to form "SOS" at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters use clothes and helmets to form “SOS” at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 21.Hide Caption 2 of 170Protesters raise their hands to represent the five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators during a rally in support of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the U.S., at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, on November 21.Protesters raise their hands to represent the five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators during a rally in support of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the U.S., at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, on November 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters raise their hands to represent the five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators during a rally in support of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the U.S., at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, on November 21.Hide Caption 3 of 170Tables and chairs piled up to create a barrier are seen leftover from protesters who barricaded themselves inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Tables and chairs piled up to create a barrier are seen leftover from protesters who barricaded themselves inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTables and chairs piled up to create a barrier are seen leftover from protesters who barricaded themselves inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Hide Caption 4 of 170A Fire Services Department rescue diver prepares to enter the sewage system on November 20 to search for protesters who escaped from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.A Fire Services Department rescue diver prepares to enter the sewage system on November 20 to search for protesters who escaped from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA Fire Services Department rescue diver prepares to enter the sewage system on November 20 to search for protesters who escaped from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Hide Caption 5 of 170Police detain a group of people after they tried to flee the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on November 19. Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/asia/hong-kong-polytechnic-university-scene-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">university and occupied the campus </a>as the city's violent political unrest reached fever pitch.Police detain a group of people after they tried to flee the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on November 19. Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/asia/hong-kong-polytechnic-university-scene-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">university and occupied the campus </a>as the city's violent political unrest reached fever pitch. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice detain a group of people after they tried to flee the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus on November 19. Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into the university and occupied the campus as the city’s violent political unrest reached fever pitch.Hide Caption 6 of 170A protester uses a flashlight while crawling through a sewer tunnel to see how wide it is as he and others try to find an escape route from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.A protester uses a flashlight while crawling through a sewer tunnel to see how wide it is as he and others try to find an escape route from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester uses a flashlight while crawling through a sewer tunnel to see how wide it is as he and others try to find an escape route from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.Hide Caption 7 of 170A protester walks through a gymnasium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.A protester walks through a gymnasium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester walks through a gymnasium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 19.Hide Caption 8 of 170Protestors react as police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, November 18. Protestors react as police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtestors react as police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, November 18. Hide Caption 9 of 170Firefighters put out a burning car set on fire by protesters near Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on November 18.Firefighters put out a burning car set on fire by protesters near Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestFirefighters put out a burning car set on fire by protesters near Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on November 18.Hide Caption 10 of 170Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18. Police have <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/hong-kong-protests-live-nov-18-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attempted to clear the university</a>, which has been occupied by protesters for days as a strategic protest base.Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18. Police have <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/hong-kong-protests-live-nov-18-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attempted to clear the university</a>, which has been occupied by protesters for days as a strategic protest base. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18. Police have attempted to clear the university, which has been occupied by protesters for days as a strategic protest base.Hide Caption 11 of 170Police fire tear gas as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University via a bridge on November 18.Police fire tear gas as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University via a bridge on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice fire tear gas as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University via a bridge on November 18.Hide Caption 12 of 170A member of the police clashes with a protester at the Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.A member of the police clashes with a protester at the Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA member of the police clashes with a protester at the Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 13 of 170Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes to escape from police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes to escape from police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes to escape from police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 14 of 170A protester throws an umbrella onto a fire at the barricaded the main entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.A protester throws an umbrella onto a fire at the barricaded the main entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester throws an umbrella onto a fire at the barricaded the main entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 15 of 170An anti-government protester is detained at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.An anti-government protester is detained at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn anti-government protester is detained at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 16 of 170An anti-government protester is showered down by volunteer medical workers after he was soaked by a police water cannon firing pepper spray-infused water at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.An anti-government protester is showered down by volunteer medical workers after he was soaked by a police water cannon firing pepper spray-infused water at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn anti-government protester is showered down by volunteer medical workers after he was soaked by a police water cannon firing pepper spray-infused water at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 17 of 170Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.Riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRiot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets as protesters attempt to leave Hong Kong Poytechnic University on November 18.Hide Caption 18 of 170Police prepare to fire on protestors at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Sunday, November 17.Police prepare to fire on protestors at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Sunday, November 17. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice prepare to fire on protestors at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Sunday, November 17.Hide Caption 19 of 170A protestor prepares to fire a bow and arrow during a confrontation with police. A protestor prepares to fire a bow and arrow during a confrontation with police. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protestor prepares to fire a bow and arrow during a confrontation with police. Hide Caption 20 of 170Police use a water cannon outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Police use a water cannon outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice use a water cannon outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.Hide Caption 21 of 170A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at police on November 17. A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at police on November 17. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester throws a Molotov cocktail at police on November 17. Hide Caption 22 of 170Protesters use a catapult to fire bricks at the police from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 17.Protesters use a catapult to fire bricks at the police from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 17. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters use a catapult to fire bricks at the police from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 17.Hide Caption 23 of 170A woman tries to hold back riot police from approaching the Hong Kong University in Hong Kong on Saturday.A woman tries to hold back riot police from approaching the Hong Kong University in Hong Kong on Saturday. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA woman tries to hold back riot police from approaching the Hong Kong University in Hong Kong on Saturday.Hide Caption 24 of 170Protesters train to throw Molotov cocktails into a swimming pool on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Protesters train to throw Molotov cocktails into a swimming pool on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters train to throw Molotov cocktails into a swimming pool on the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Hide Caption 25 of 170Protesters walk past barricades of bricks on a road near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Protesters walk past barricades of bricks on a road near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters walk past barricades of bricks on a road near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.Hide Caption 26 of 170Demonstrators gather during a lunchtime protest in the financial district of Hong Kong on November 14.Demonstrators gather during a lunchtime protest in the financial district of Hong Kong on November 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestDemonstrators gather during a lunchtime protest in the financial district of Hong Kong on November 14.Hide Caption 27 of 170A protester releases a flaming arrow to light a barricade at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Wednesday, November 13.A protester releases a flaming arrow to light a barricade at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Wednesday, November 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester releases a flaming arrow to light a barricade at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Wednesday, November 13.Hide Caption 28 of 170A Molotov cocktail, a gas mask and a yellow construction helmet are placed upon a bust of late hotel tycoon Hui Yeung Shing at the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.A Molotov cocktail, a gas mask and a yellow construction helmet are placed upon a bust of late hotel tycoon Hui Yeung Shing at the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA Molotov cocktail, a gas mask and a yellow construction helmet are placed upon a bust of late hotel tycoon Hui Yeung Shing at the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.Hide Caption 29 of 170A fire is seen at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station during a demonstration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.A fire is seen at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station during a demonstration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA fire is seen at a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station during a demonstration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 13.Hide Caption 30 of 170Students attempt to clear tear gas canisters fired by riot police onto a sports track during a confrontation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12.Students attempt to clear tear gas canisters fired by riot police onto a sports track during a confrontation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents attempt to clear tear gas canisters fired by riot police onto a sports track during a confrontation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 12.Hide Caption 31 of 170A man is detained during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12.A man is detained during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man is detained during a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on November 12.Hide Caption 32 of 170Students block an escalator with chairs in an attempt to hamper police at the University of Hong Kong on November 12.Students block an escalator with chairs in an attempt to hamper police at the University of Hong Kong on November 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents block an escalator with chairs in an attempt to hamper police at the University of Hong Kong on November 12.Hide Caption 33 of 170A protester is detained in the Central District of Hong Kong on November 11.A protester is detained in the Central District of Hong Kong on November 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester is detained in the Central District of Hong Kong on November 11.Hide Caption 34 of 170People react after tear gas was fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central District on November 11.People react after tear gas was fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong's Central District on November 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople react after tear gas was fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong’s Central District on November 11.Hide Caption 35 of 170Riot police stand off with protesters at an entrance of a shopping mall during a demonstration on November 10.Riot police stand off with protesters at an entrance of a shopping mall during a demonstration on November 10. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRiot police stand off with protesters at an entrance of a shopping mall during a demonstration on November 10.Hide Caption 36 of 170A man is helped by a volunteer medic after police used pepper spray during a demonstration on November 10.A man is helped by a volunteer medic after police used pepper spray during a demonstration on November 10. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man is helped by a volunteer medic after police used pepper spray during a demonstration on November 10.Hide Caption 37 of 170Students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march on November 8, after hospital officials confirmed the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/07/asia/hong-kong-protester-death-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">death of student Chow Tsz-lok</a>, 22. Police say Chow, a computer sciences student at HKUST, fell from the third floor to the second floor of a parking garage in the residential area of Tseung Kwan O in the early hours of November 4.Students of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march on November 8, after hospital officials confirmed the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/07/asia/hong-kong-protester-death-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">death of student Chow Tsz-lok</a>, 22. Police say Chow, a computer sciences student at HKUST, fell from the third floor to the second floor of a parking garage in the residential area of Tseung Kwan O in the early hours of November 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) participate in a march on November 8, after hospital officials confirmed the death of student Chow Tsz-lok, 22. Police say Chow, a computer sciences student at HKUST, fell from the third floor to the second floor of a parking garage in the residential area of Tseung Kwan O in the early hours of November 4.Hide Caption 38 of 170A person places a flower at a memorial for 22-year-old Hong Kong university student Chow Tsz-lok, on November 8.A person places a flower at a memorial for 22-year-old Hong Kong university student Chow Tsz-lok, on November 8. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA person places a flower at a memorial for 22-year-old Hong Kong university student Chow Tsz-lok, on November 8.Hide Caption 39 of 170Students in gas masks are seen during a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, November 7 in Hong Kong.Students in gas masks are seen during a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, November 7 in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents in gas masks are seen during a graduation ceremony at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Thursday, November 7 in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 40 of 170Firefighters stand outside the offices of China's Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, November 2. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory.Firefighters stand outside the offices of China's Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, November 2. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory. Photos: Hong Kong unrestFirefighters stand outside the offices of China’s Xinhua News Agency after its windows were damaged by protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, November 2. Hong Kong riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and used a water cannon Saturday to break up a rally by thousands of masked protesters demanding autonomy after Beijing indicated it could tighten its grip on the Chinese territory.Hide Caption 41 of 170Richard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong on November 2. Richard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong on November 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRichard Chan, a candidate for the district council elections, reacts after being pepper-sprayed by police in Hong Kong on November 2. Hide Caption 42 of 170Thousands of black-clad masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong's central shopping district for another rally on November 2.Thousands of black-clad masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong's central shopping district for another rally on November 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestThousands of black-clad masked protesters streamed into Hong Kong’s central shopping district for another rally on November 2.Hide Caption 43 of 170A person dressed as President Donald Trump waves an American flag on a street in Hong Kong on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Hong Kong authorities braced as pro-democracy protesters urged people on Thursday to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks on a march in defiance of a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/asia/halloween-hong-kong-mask-ban-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">government ban on face coverings</a>. A person dressed as President Donald Trump waves an American flag on a street in Hong Kong on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Hong Kong authorities braced as pro-democracy protesters urged people on Thursday to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks on a march in defiance of a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/asia/halloween-hong-kong-mask-ban-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">government ban on face coverings</a>. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA person dressed as President Donald Trump waves an American flag on a street in Hong Kong on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Hong Kong authorities braced as pro-democracy protesters urged people on Thursday to celebrate Halloween by wearing masks on a march in defiance of a government ban on face coverings. Hide Caption 44 of 170A man dressed as the Joker for Halloween walks past police officers on October 31. A man dressed as the Joker for Halloween walks past police officers on October 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man dressed as the Joker for Halloween walks past police officers on October 31. Hide Caption 45 of 170Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (2nd L) and Kelvin Lam (2nd R) shout slogans as they meet the media outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong on October 29, 2019, after Wong was barred from standing in an upcoming local election. Wong was barred on October 29 from standing in an upcoming local election, after months of huge and frequently violent protests in the city. Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (2nd L) and Kelvin Lam (2nd R) shout slogans as they meet the media outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong on October 29, 2019, after Wong was barred from standing in an upcoming local election. Wong was barred on October 29 from standing in an upcoming local election, after months of huge and frequently violent protests in the city. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (2nd L) and Kelvin Lam (2nd R) shout slogans as they meet the media outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong on October 29, 2019, after Wong was barred from standing in an upcoming local election. Wong was barred on October 29 from standing in an upcoming local election, after months of huge and frequently violent protests in the city. Hide Caption 46 of 170A protestor throws a tear gas canister on October 27 in Hong Kong. A protestor throws a tear gas canister on October 27 in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protestor throws a tear gas canister on October 27 in Hong Kong. Hide Caption 47 of 170A couple wearing Guy Fawkes masks watch a rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 26.A couple wearing Guy Fawkes masks watch a rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 26. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA couple wearing Guy Fawkes masks watch a rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 26.Hide Caption 48 of 170Protesters start a fire in front of the MTR station during demonstration on October 27.Protesters start a fire in front of the MTR station during demonstration on October 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters start a fire in front of the MTR station during demonstration on October 27.Hide Caption 49 of 170Tear gas smoke is seen exploding over reporters during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on October 27.Tear gas smoke is seen exploding over reporters during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on October 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTear gas smoke is seen exploding over reporters during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on October 27.Hide Caption 50 of 170High school students take part in a human chain rally outside Kowloon park in Hong Kong on October 25.High school students take part in a human chain rally outside Kowloon park in Hong Kong on October 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestHigh school students take part in a human chain rally outside Kowloon park in Hong Kong on October 25.Hide Caption 51 of 170Police fire blue dye toward protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 20. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Police fire blue dye toward protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 20. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice fire blue dye toward protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 20. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Hide Caption 52 of 170Protesters set fire to a shop on October 20.Protesters set fire to a shop on October 20. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters set fire to a shop on October 20.Hide Caption 53 of 170A pro-democracy protester is arrested by police on October 20.A pro-democracy protester is arrested by police on October 20. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA pro-democracy protester is arrested by police on October 20.Hide Caption 54 of 170Pro-democracy lawmakers protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers a speech at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, October 16. Lam's annual policy address <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/16/asia/hong-kong-protests-explosives-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">ended in chaos</a> as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly disrupted her speech and heckled her with calls to honor the demands of anti-government protesters.Pro-democracy lawmakers protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers a speech at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, October 16. Lam's annual policy address <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/16/asia/hong-kong-protests-explosives-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">ended in chaos</a> as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly disrupted her speech and heckled her with calls to honor the demands of anti-government protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy lawmakers protest as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers a speech at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, October 16. Lam’s annual policy address ended in chaos as pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly disrupted her speech and heckled her with calls to honor the demands of anti-government protesters.Hide Caption 55 of 170A protester shoots a basketball at a poster of Lam during a rally on Tuesday, October 15.A protester shoots a basketball at a poster of Lam during a rally on Tuesday, October 15. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester shoots a basketball at a poster of Lam during a rally on Tuesday, October 15.Hide Caption 56 of 170Protesters set fire to a Bank of China branch on Sunday, October 13. It was the 19th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.Protesters set fire to a Bank of China branch on Sunday, October 13. It was the 19th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters set fire to a Bank of China branch on Sunday, October 13. It was the 19th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 57 of 170Protesters use the lights on their phones during a rally in central Hong Kong's business district.Protesters use the lights on their phones during a rally in central Hong Kong's business district. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters use the lights on their phones during a rally in central Hong Kong’s business district.Hide Caption 58 of 170A protester attempts to break a tourist bus window on October 13.A protester attempts to break a tourist bus window on October 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester attempts to break a tourist bus window on October 13.Hide Caption 59 of 170Protesters wearing masks in defiance of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/asia/hong-kong-face-mask-ban-meeting-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">a recently imposed ban</a> gather at a shopping mall on October 13.Protesters wearing masks in defiance of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/asia/hong-kong-face-mask-ban-meeting-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">a recently imposed ban</a> gather at a shopping mall on October 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters wearing masks in defiance of a recently imposed ban gather at a shopping mall on October 13.Hide Caption 60 of 170Anti-government protesters set up "The Lady Liberty of Hong Kong" statue, which symbolizes the city's recent democratic movement. The figure stands a little over 13 feet tall and was carried in pieces to the top of Lion Rock, one of Hong Kong's iconic peaks.Anti-government protesters set up "The Lady Liberty of Hong Kong" statue, which symbolizes the city's recent democratic movement. The figure stands a little over 13 feet tall and was carried in pieces to the top of Lion Rock, one of Hong Kong's iconic peaks. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAnti-government protesters set up “The Lady Liberty of Hong Kong” statue, which symbolizes the city’s recent democratic movement. The figure stands a little over 13 feet tall and was carried in pieces to the top of Lion Rock, one of Hong Kong’s iconic peaks.Hide Caption 61 of 170Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 9. Several hundred masked protesters gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of Leung, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/asia/edward-leung-hong-kong-jailed-intl/index.html" target="_blank">who was sentenced to six years in prison</a> for his part in a violent clash with police.Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 9. Several hundred masked protesters gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of Leung, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/asia/edward-leung-hong-kong-jailed-intl/index.html" target="_blank">who was sentenced to six years in prison</a> for his part in a violent clash with police. Photos: Hong Kong unrestSupporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 9. Several hundred masked protesters gathered at Hong Kong’s High Court for the appeal hearing of Leung, who was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent clash with police.Hide Caption 62 of 170A woman is treated after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 7.A woman is treated after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 7. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA woman is treated after police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 7.Hide Caption 63 of 170Police clear a street as protesters and pedestrians gathered near the Mong Kok police station on October 7.Police clear a street as protesters and pedestrians gathered near the Mong Kok police station on October 7. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice clear a street as protesters and pedestrians gathered near the Mong Kok police station on October 7.Hide Caption 64 of 170Pro-democracy protesters gather in a shopping mall on October 7.Pro-democracy protesters gather in a shopping mall on October 7. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters gather in a shopping mall on October 7.Hide Caption 65 of 170Protesters vandalize the Cheung Sha Wan local government offices on October 6.Protesters vandalize the Cheung Sha Wan local government offices on October 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters vandalize the Cheung Sha Wan local government offices on October 6.Hide Caption 66 of 170Rescue personnel check the bottom of a taxi after the driver allegedly drove onto the pavement, hitting protesters in Hong Kong on October 6.Rescue personnel check the bottom of a taxi after the driver allegedly drove onto the pavement, hitting protesters in Hong Kong on October 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRescue personnel check the bottom of a taxi after the driver allegedly drove onto the pavement, hitting protesters in Hong Kong on October 6.Hide Caption 67 of 170A China Construction Bank is seen vandalized in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on October 6.A China Construction Bank is seen vandalized in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on October 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA China Construction Bank is seen vandalized in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on October 6.Hide Caption 68 of 170Pro-democracy protesters set fires in the street in the Causeway Bay area.Pro-democracy protesters set fires in the street in the Causeway Bay area. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters set fires in the street in the Causeway Bay area.Hide Caption 69 of 170People protest the ban against masks on Saturday, October 5.People protest the ban against masks on Saturday, October 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople protest the ban against masks on Saturday, October 5.Hide Caption 70 of 170Police detain a protester on October 5.Police detain a protester on October 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice detain a protester on October 5.Hide Caption 71 of 170An anti-government protester stands near a fire on Friday, October 4.An anti-government protester stands near a fire on Friday, October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn anti-government protester stands near a fire on Friday, October 4.Hide Caption 72 of 170Protesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on October 4.Protesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters move a statue depicting a protester armed with gas mask, helmet and umbrella on the streets of Hong Kong on October 4.Hide Caption 73 of 170Protesters set a fire at a China Construction Bank.Protesters set a fire at a China Construction Bank. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters set a fire at a China Construction Bank.Hide Caption 74 of 170Police deploy tear gas outside a restaurant during a protest in the Causeway Bay district.Police deploy tear gas outside a restaurant during a protest in the Causeway Bay district. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice deploy tear gas outside a restaurant during a protest in the Causeway Bay district.Hide Caption 75 of 170Protesters spray paint slogans at the entrance to a tunnel on October 4.Protesters spray paint slogans at the entrance to a tunnel on October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters spray paint slogans at the entrance to a tunnel on October 4.Hide Caption 76 of 170A fire is seen in front of a store vandalized by protesters.A fire is seen in front of a store vandalized by protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA fire is seen in front of a store vandalized by protesters.Hide Caption 77 of 170A store after being vandalized by protesters.A store after being vandalized by protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA store after being vandalized by protesters.Hide Caption 78 of 170Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their hands to symbolize their five demands during a rally on October 4.Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their hands to symbolize their five demands during a rally on October 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy demonstrators hold up their hands to symbolize their five demands during a rally on October 4.Hide Caption 79 of 170Protesters throw petrol bombs at the gate to the Tsuen Wan police station on Wednesday, October 2.Protesters throw petrol bombs at the gate to the Tsuen Wan police station on Wednesday, October 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters throw petrol bombs at the gate to the Tsuen Wan police station on Wednesday, October 2.Hide Caption 80 of 170Schoolmates of a <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/asia/hong-kong-oct-1-protests-escalation-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">student who was shot in the chest by police</a> place their hands on their chests during a protest on October 2.Schoolmates of a <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/asia/hong-kong-oct-1-protests-escalation-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">student who was shot in the chest by police</a> place their hands on their chests during a protest on October 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestSchoolmates of a student who was shot in the chest by police place their hands on their chests during a protest on October 2.Hide Caption 81 of 170A young protester was shot Tuesday, October 1, as violent protests erupted across Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The incident marked a major escalation in violence that could galvanize the protest movement in Hong Kong.A young protester was shot Tuesday, October 1, as violent protests erupted across Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The incident marked a major escalation in violence that could galvanize the protest movement in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA young protester was shot Tuesday, October 1, as violent protests erupted across Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The incident marked a major escalation in violence that could galvanize the protest movement in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 82 of 170Police detain an anti-government protester on October 1. Thousands of black-clad protesters marched in central Hong Kong as part of multiple pro-democracy rallies.Police detain an anti-government protester on October 1. Thousands of black-clad protesters marched in central Hong Kong as part of multiple pro-democracy rallies. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice detain an anti-government protester on October 1. Thousands of black-clad protesters marched in central Hong Kong as part of multiple pro-democracy rallies.Hide Caption 83 of 170Protesters stand surrounded by smoke from tear gas shells on October 1.Protesters stand surrounded by smoke from tear gas shells on October 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters stand surrounded by smoke from tear gas shells on October 1.Hide Caption 84 of 170Marching anti-government protesters are seen through a window with peeled-off posters on October 1.Marching anti-government protesters are seen through a window with peeled-off posters on October 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMarching anti-government protesters are seen through a window with peeled-off posters on October 1.Hide Caption 85 of 170Police tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes on October 1. Police tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes on October 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes on October 1. Hide Caption 86 of 170A protester is seen carrying rocks on a street on October 1. While events in Beijing were being held to mark the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/world/gallery/china-70th-anniversary/index.html" target="_blank">70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,</a> demonstrators rallied throughout Hong Kong.A protester is seen carrying rocks on a street on October 1. While events in Beijing were being held to mark the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/01/world/gallery/china-70th-anniversary/index.html" target="_blank">70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,</a> demonstrators rallied throughout Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester is seen carrying rocks on a street on October 1. While events in Beijing were being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, demonstrators rallied throughout Hong Kong.Hide Caption 87 of 170Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the central government offices in Hong Kong's Admiralty area on October 1.Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the central government offices in Hong Kong's Admiralty area on October 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters react after police fired tear gas near the central government offices in Hong Kong’s Admiralty area on October 1.Hide Caption 88 of 170Pro-democracy protesters form a "Pepe the Frog" themed human chain on Monday, September 30.Pro-democracy protesters form a "Pepe the Frog" themed human chain on Monday, September 30. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters form a “Pepe the Frog” themed human chain on Monday, September 30.Hide Caption 89 of 170A man is detained by Hong Kong police during a protest in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, September 29.A man is detained by Hong Kong police during a protest in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, September 29. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man is detained by Hong Kong police during a protest in the Causeway Bay shopping district on Sunday, September 29.Hide Caption 90 of 170Riot police try to disperse protesters on September 29.Riot police try to disperse protesters on September 29. Photos: Hong Kong unrestRiot police try to disperse protesters on September 29.Hide Caption 91 of 170Bus passengers look at a burning barricade lit by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Mong Kok police station on Sunday, September 22.Bus passengers look at a burning barricade lit by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Mong Kok police station on Sunday, September 22. Photos: Hong Kong unrestBus passengers look at a burning barricade lit by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Mong Kok police station on Sunday, September 22.Hide Caption 92 of 170Pro-democracy protesters sing songs and chant slogans during a rally inside a shopping mall on September 22.Pro-democracy protesters sing songs and chant slogans during a rally inside a shopping mall on September 22. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy protesters sing songs and chant slogans during a rally inside a shopping mall on September 22.Hide Caption 93 of 170An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a demonstration near the Central Government Complex on Sunday, September 15.An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a demonstration near the Central Government Complex on Sunday, September 15. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a demonstration near the Central Government Complex on Sunday, September 15.Hide Caption 94 of 170A pro-China supporter, center, is escorted by police after confronting journalists in Hong Kong on September 15.A pro-China supporter, center, is escorted by police after confronting journalists in Hong Kong on September 15. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA pro-China supporter, center, is escorted by police after confronting journalists in Hong Kong on September 15.Hide Caption 95 of 170Pro-government and anti-government supporters chant against one another at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, September 13. The sign translates to "Stop violence and curb chaos; safeguard Hong Kong."Pro-government and anti-government supporters chant against one another at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, September 13. The sign translates to "Stop violence and curb chaos; safeguard Hong Kong." Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-government and anti-government supporters chant against one another at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Friday, September 13. The sign translates to “Stop violence and curb chaos; safeguard Hong Kong.”Hide Caption 96 of 170Demonstrators hold up their cell phone lights as they form a human chain at the Peak, a tourist spot in Hong Kong, on September 13.Demonstrators hold up their cell phone lights as they form a human chain at the Peak, a tourist spot in Hong Kong, on September 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestDemonstrators hold up their cell phone lights as they form a human chain at the Peak, a tourist spot in Hong Kong, on September 13.Hide Caption 97 of 170Police escort an injured man after he attacked protesters outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6.Police escort an injured man after he attacked protesters outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice escort an injured man after he attacked protesters outside Prince Edward station in Hong Kong on Friday, September 6.Hide Caption 98 of 170Protesters burn paper money to pay their respects to injured protesters.Protesters burn paper money to pay their respects to injured protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters burn paper money to pay their respects to injured protesters.Hide Caption 99 of 170Protesters prepare to clash with police outside the Mong Kok police station on September 6.Protesters prepare to clash with police outside the Mong Kok police station on September 6. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters prepare to clash with police outside the Mong Kok police station on September 6.Hide Caption 100 of 170A protester is detained by police at the Po Lam Mass Transit Railway station on Thursday, September 5.A protester is detained by police at the Po Lam Mass Transit Railway station on Thursday, September 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester is detained by police at the Po Lam Mass Transit Railway station on Thursday, September 5.Hide Caption 101 of 170A man watches televisions at a store in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, September 4.A man watches televisions at a store in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, September 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man watches televisions at a store in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, September 4.Hide Caption 102 of 170A woman gets emotional on September 4 while paying her respects to protesters who were injured a few days earlier.A woman gets emotional on September 4 while paying her respects to protesters who were injured a few days earlier. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA woman gets emotional on September 4 while paying her respects to protesters who were injured a few days earlier.Hide Caption 103 of 170Demonstrators travel through a railway station during a rally on Tuesday, September 3.Demonstrators travel through a railway station during a rally on Tuesday, September 3. Photos: Hong Kong unrestDemonstrators travel through a railway station during a rally on Tuesday, September 3.Hide Caption 104 of 170Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong.Students wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads "five major demands are indispensable" at St. Francis' Canossian College in Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestStudents wearing gas masks and helmets hold a banner that reads “five major demands are indispensable” at St. Francis’ Canossian College in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 105 of 170Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport.Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city's airport. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday, September 1. Hundreds of pro-democracy activists attempted to block transport routes to the city’s airport.Hide Caption 106 of 170A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.A passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA passenger walks to the airport on September 1 as pro-democracy protesters blocked a road outside the airport.Hide Caption 107 of 170A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally one day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.A protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally one day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester uses a slingshot outside the Central Government Complex during clashes with police on Saturday, August 31. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters held an anti-government rally one day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.Hide Caption 108 of 170Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Protesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters light a Molotov cocktail on August 31.Hide Caption 109 of 170Police officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31.Police officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice officers move forward during clashes with protesters on August 31.Hide Caption 110 of 170Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Protesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters take cover as policemen fire blue-colored water on them. Blue dye can be used to stain and identify masked protesters.Hide Caption 111 of 170A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.A surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA surveillance camera is covered with white paint during protests.Hide Caption 112 of 170An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.An overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn overhead view shows protesters reacting after police fired tear gas on August 31.Hide Caption 113 of 170Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong speak to the media after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts on Friday, August 30. They were arrested earlier the same day in a dragnet across Hong Kong.Hide Caption 114 of 170Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Protesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/25/asia/hong-kong-protest-aug-25-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">It was one of the most violent nights</a> seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters clash with police after a rally in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district on Sunday, August 25. It was one of the most violent nights seen in Hong Kong since mass protests began in June.Hide Caption 115 of 170A police officer aims a gun in front of a protester on August 25.A police officer aims a gun in front of a protester on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA police officer aims a gun in front of a protester on August 25.Hide Caption 116 of 170Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Some protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25. Photos: Hong Kong unrestSome protesters shine laser pointers at police lines on August 25.Hide Caption 117 of 170Protesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24.Protesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters and police clash on Saturday, August 24.Hide Caption 118 of 170Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br />Protesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.<br /> Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters pick up bricks to be used as projectiles on August 24.Hide Caption 119 of 170Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Police retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice retreat after clashing with protesters on August 24.Hide Caption 120 of 170People link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity.People link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPeople link hands as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Friday, August 23. Protesters formed a human chain across Hong Kong in a show of solidarity.Hide Caption 121 of 170Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Cell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23. Photos: Hong Kong unrestCell phones shine from the top of Lion Rock on August 23.Hide Caption 122 of 170Protesters march under umbrellas on Sunday, August 18.Protesters march under umbrellas on Sunday, August 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters march under umbrellas on Sunday, August 18.Hide Caption 123 of 170Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Tens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTens of thousands of protesters showed up in the streets on August 18.Hide Caption 124 of 170A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.A protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester participates in a march on Saturday, August 17. His eye is covered with red gauze, referencing a woman who was allegedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round during clashes between protesters and police.Hide Caption 125 of 170Protesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14.Protesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters react after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration at the Sham Shui Po police station in Hong Kong on Wednesday, August 14.Hide Caption 126 of 170Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Protesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters point lasers at the Sham Shui Po police station on August 14.Hide Caption 127 of 170A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.A police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. For two days, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/asia/hong-kong-airport-chaos-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">protesters flooded the airport.</a> Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA police officer falls over an airport luggage trolley during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday, August 13. For two days, protesters flooded the airport. Check-ins were suspended and dozens of outgoing flights were canceled.Hide Caption 128 of 170Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13.Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice use pepper spray to disperse protesters at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 129 of 170Police and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong's Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being "seriously disrupted."Police and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong's Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being "seriously disrupted." Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice and protesters clash at the airport on August 13. The violence came after Hong Kong’s Airport Authority announced that all check-in services would be suspended for another night because of terminal operations being “seriously disrupted.”Hide Caption 130 of 170A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.A traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA traveler passes her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate.Hide Caption 131 of 170A display board shows canceled flights on August 13.A display board shows canceled flights on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA display board shows canceled flights on August 13.Hide Caption 132 of 170Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13.Anti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAnti-government protesters stand at a barricade made of luggage trolleys during a demonstration at the airport on August 13.Hide Caption 133 of 170Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Medics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMedics look after a woman who received a facial injury during clashes on Sunday, August 11.Hide Caption 134 of 170A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA pro-democracy protester is held by police outside the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on August 11.Hide Caption 135 of 170Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Police fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice fire tear gas at protesters during a demonstration in the Wong Tai Sin District on Monday, August 5.Hide Caption 136 of 170A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute.A train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong's morning rush-hour commute. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA train passenger gestures toward a protester, right, who was preventing the doors of a train from closing on August 5. The protester was trying to disrupt Hong Kong’s morning rush-hour commute.Hide Caption 137 of 170A man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5.A man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man lies down on an underground train during a protest on August 5.Hide Caption 138 of 170A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.A man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA man comforts his pregnant wife near a train platform after protesters blocked the train doors on August 5.Hide Caption 139 of 170A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.A protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester stands in tear gas during a confrontation with police in the early hours of Sunday, August 4.Hide Caption 140 of 170A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.A Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA Chinese flag floats in water after it was thrown by protesters during a demonstration on Saturday, August 3.Hide Caption 141 of 170A protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3.A protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester sprays paint on a wall on August 3.Hide Caption 142 of 170Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Members of Hong Kong's medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMembers of Hong Kong’s medical sector attend a protest in Edinburgh Place on Friday, August 2.Hide Caption 143 of 170The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.The emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28. Photos: Hong Kong unrestThe emblem on the China Liaison Office is protected by plexiglass during a demonstration on Sunday, July 28.Hide Caption 144 of 170A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.A protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester flees from baton-wielding police in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on Saturday, July 27.Hide Caption 145 of 170A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.A protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester looks through umbrellas during the clashes with police on July 27.Hide Caption 146 of 170Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26.Travelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong's international airport on Friday, July 26. Photos: Hong Kong unrestTravelers watch as protesters rally at Hong Kong’s international airport on Friday, July 26.Hide Caption 147 of 170Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Protesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters clash with police on Sunday, July 21.Hide Caption 148 of 170Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long.Masked men in white T-shirts are seen after <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/hong-kong-triad-arrests-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators</a> at a train station in Yuen Long. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMasked men in white T-shirts are seen after attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators at a train station in Yuen Long.Hide Caption 149 of 170Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Medical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21. Photos: Hong Kong unrestMedical workers help a protester affected by tear gas on July 21.Hide Caption 150 of 170The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district.The office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong's Tsuen Wan district. Photos: Hong Kong unrestThe office of pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was trashed by protesters in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan district.Hide Caption 151 of 170Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Police officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice officers use pepper spray to disperse protesters after a rally in the Sheung Shui district on Saturday, July 13. Hide Caption 152 of 170A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong's Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.Hide Caption 153 of 170The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.The meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestThe meeting hall of the Legislative Council is taken over by demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 154 of 170A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.A protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester smashes a window of the Legislative Council building.Hide Caption 155 of 170Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Columns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestColumns of sunlight are cast on a crowd during the march on July 1.Hide Caption 156 of 170Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Helicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestHelicopters carrying the flags of China and Hong Kong fly over demonstrators on July 1.Hide Caption 157 of 170Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong rallies demonstrators with a megaphone on July 1.Hide Caption 158 of 170A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.A police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA police officer uses pepper spray during a clash with protesters on July 1.Hide Caption 159 of 170A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK."A protester wearing a T-shirt with the word "revolution" walks past an inscription on a road that reads "Long Live HK." Photos: Hong Kong unrestA protester wearing a T-shirt with the word “revolution” walks past an inscription on a road that reads “Long Live HK.”Hide Caption 160 of 170Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Police detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice detain protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1.Hide Caption 161 of 170An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16. Photos: Hong Kong unrestAn overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street on Sunday, June 16.Hide Caption 162 of 170Protesters run after police fired tear gas on Wednesday, June 12.Protesters run after police fired tear gas on Wednesday, June 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters run after police fired tear gas on Wednesday, June 12.Hide Caption 163 of 170Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Protesters face off with police during the rally on June 12. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters face off with police during the rally on June 12.Hide Caption 164 of 170By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.By the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill. Photos: Hong Kong unrestBy the morning of June 12, tens of thousands of mainly young people had arrived in the area, blocking streets and bringing central Hong Kong to a standstill.Hide Caption 165 of 170A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.A demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally. Photos: Hong Kong unrestA demonstrator holds a sign during the June 12 rally.Hide Caption 166 of 170Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Police officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before. Photos: Hong Kong unrestPolice officers charge toward protesters during clashes on Monday, June 10. It was a continuation of protests that started the day before.Hide Caption 167 of 170Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Sunday, June 9.Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Sunday, June 9. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Sunday, June 9.Hide Caption 168 of 170Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted.Protesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white -- the designated color of the rally. "Hong Kong, never give up!" some chanted. Photos: Hong Kong unrestProtesters on June 9 waved placards and wore white — the designated color of the rally. “Hong Kong, never give up!” some chanted.Hide Caption 169 of 170Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8.Students wear chains during a demonstration on Saturday, June 8. 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The city can even become a role model for how a society, after decades of creating great economic disparity and disenfranchising the majority, can be reformed. The path forward starts with dialogue: a point stressed by speakers at the recent Hong Kong Forward Alliance (HKFA) forum, with which I am involved. Even though most focus on dialogue between the government and the protests, there also needs to be dialogue between Hong Kong’s people themselves: a point noted by international conflict resolution expert Michael Alar. Despite a common stereotype of them as apathetic and money-driven, Hong Kongers are showing they have broader aspirations. The views of Hong Kong people are also more nuanced than stories about the city’s polarization imply. Even within Hong Kong’s two political camps — the pro-Beijing, pro-business establishment and the pan-democratic opposition — there are diverging opinions on where Hong Kong should go, and how to get there. Now is the moment to reach out and rebuild. As peace adviser Hannes Siebert noted at the forum, “there is a need for new mechanisms, both from the (city’s leader) and from the students, because they have also reached their maximum power.”We should remember that Hong Kong has only been an autonomous region for 20 years. It is still a young political system. Many of the things advanced political system take for granted — rigorous public engagement, deep policy discussions, and mechanisms for civil debate across the political divide — still need to be developed here. The spaces and forums where people can engage in safe, civil and private discussion about what the problems are, and how to resolve them, are still missing. These can be community centers, open spaces, private facilities, and other places, where community and social groups can bring together ordinary people for an open sharing of thoughts and opinions — behind closed doors, if need be and as and when they choose. This is lacking in a city where the price of renting spaces borders on extortion.Hong Kong student union president: We want universal suffrageHong Kong student union president: We want universal suffrageHong Kong student union president: We want universal suffrageJUST WATCHEDHong Kong student union president: We want universal suffrageReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Hong Kong student union president: We want universal suffrage 02:42Bridging the divideDialogue alone is not the only step on a positive path forward. But it must be the first one. These sessions may not change anyone’s mind, but participants hopefully will no longer see the other side as “the enemy”: important after periods of polarization and social unrest, as seen previously in South Africa and Northern Ireland. I’ve seen this personally. I’ve had the privilege of running programs with young leaders from Hong Kong business, civil society and government, with people from different backgrounds and political viewpoints in the same teams. Activists appreciated the chance to talk to those working for “pro-Beijing” organizations. Those originally from Mainland China enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about what drove discontent amongst Hong Kong people. Some even found these discussions reinforced their drive to improve the city.This is why I’ve helped to create a new social platform for dialogue: “Let’s Talk Hong Kong“. By allowing citizens to take part in the city’s “re-design,” it will hopefully sow the seeds of a new Hong Kong. It would facilitate dialogue by providing access to a network of community dialogue centers, which would support reconciliation in the city. Through these spaces — and with the ideas they generate — the platform can help forge a society that might better manage social pressures and political turmoil.People on both sides have argued that calls for dialogue are worthless while there’s violence in the streets. Don’t get me wrong: a ceasefire would make the work of dialogue easier. But, as peace expert Clem McCartney noted at the HKFA forum, an end to violence cannot be a precondition to dialogue. There can be no doubt that Hong Kong is now a polarized society, and the past several months of protest have widened the political divide into a chasm. But if the city is to remain an open global city, people need to start talking to each other again.

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