Ruthless, authoritarian rule is in the DNA of the Chinese government. The transition in Hong Kong still has another 27 years, but China is trying to hasten the process. Hongkongers have shown they are not going to roll over the Chinese pressure and are meeting it with pressure of their own. And who know what the situation will be in 2047 with the climate crisis and everything else unfolding.
we have also witnessed the use of force by security forces as well as violence by pockets of protesters,
Ah yes, the old “both sides” equivalency spin. The name Piñera doesn’t appear.