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Editorial: Hong Kong’s protesters deserve support from all friends of democracy

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Carrie Lam, the pro-Beijing chief executive of Hong Kong's government, dismisses the protesters filling the streets of the city this week as "stubborn children."

Some children. As many as a million of Hong Kong's people, an astonishing one in seven, have poured into the streets to demonstrate their opposition to a law that would erode their rights and bring them further under the long shadow of the Chinese government.

They are thoroughly mainstream: businesspeople, lawyers, civil servants and the like, not marginal dissidents or people under the influence of foreign powers, as Beijing would like the world to believe.

Their protests grew all last week, and on Wednesday they were met with strong resistance from riot police — billy clubs, tear gas and rubber bullets. These are the most vehement protests by Hong Kongers against threats to their traditional liberties in........

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