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The situation in Hong Kong is beginning to remind people of the events that led up to the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989. (Nikkei Montage/ Getty Images)
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Martial law lite: Hong Kong has echoes of pre-Tiananmen days

Protesters crush extradition bill but end up with much tougher emergency law

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | Hong Kong, Macao

HONG KONG -- A man in his 50s could not erase the fear on his face. One of his two sons has been taking part daily in the anti-government protests that have been gripping Hong Kong for four months now.

"To see the youngsters in masks run from tear gas," he said, "it is becoming a little like Beijing 30 years ago."

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