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Antony Dapiran

Hong Kong Needs to Break the Cycle of Violence

An independent commission of inquiry could help authorities to learn lessons and promote reconciliation.

Medical volunteers treat a demonstrator inside New Town Plaza shopping mall on Sunday.

Medical volunteers treat a demonstrator inside New Town Plaza shopping mall on Sunday.

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

Hong Kong’s cycle of violence is intensifying. Another weekend of protests left dozens injured as clashes between police and demonstrators spilled into a suburban shopping mall filled with families and children. To prevent further escalation, the government would do well to accede to one of the protesters’ key demands and appoint an independent commission of inquiry.

In refusing these calls, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is repeating the mistake of her predecessor, Leung Chun-ying, who failed to hold any public inquest into the Umbrella Movement that brought the city to a standstill for three months in 2014.