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Hong Kong's protest movement has made a difference for the world

Despite failures at home, demonstrators advanced the struggle against autocracy

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A protester holds up five fingers to represent the five demands of 2019 demonstrators: their struggles have emboldened and influenced activists around the globe.   © Reuters

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

Protesters who took to the streets of Hong Kong in great numbers in 2014 and 2019 failed to advance the democratization of the city's government as they sought.

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