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Opinion

Hong Kong's descent into darkness

Tiananmen without the massacre

| Hong Kong
Demonstrators shine lights from their smartphones as they march along Queensway on Dec. 8, 2019.   © Clicks Images/Getty Images

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor's professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink.

What a difference a year can make in a city. This thought strikes me as I reflect on the contrast between the situation in Hong Kong today, as a harsh chill has fallen on the metropolis, and how things were when I last visited the city twelve months ago.

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