With no sign of Hong Kong protestors letting up or the crisis being substantively resolved, the Australian Government and Parliament should each take three initial measures to stand up for democratic values, rule of law and human rights.
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The animosity that motivated this week's violence in Hong Kong runs much deeper than dissatisfaction over a failed extradition bill. While many Hong Kongers believe violence undermines their economic future, the young people who trashed the legislative chamber of the city see no future in the institutions and economic opportunities offered to them.