Protest parallels in Thailand and Hong Kong

Protesters gather for a rally in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Aug 18, 2019, in opposition to a planned extradition law that later morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. (AFP file photo)

Hong Kong and Thailand have both seen their streets filled with protesters daring to take on an entrenched political elite, and to discuss once-taboo subjects in their push for greater freedoms.

Here are five similarities.

– Taking on powerful targets –

Both movements are primarily motivated by inequality and democracy, but in pushing for a greater say in how their fates are forged they are taking on formidable foes resistant to change.

For Hong Kong, it is the Chinese Communist Party, which crushes dissent on the mainland and has increased control over the restless semi-autonomous…

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