How the people of Hong Kong stood up to China

Washington Post:
No credit cards, no selfies: How Hong Kong’s protesters are evading the surveillance state

The last time Hong Kong saw pro-democracy protests, the leaders landed in jail. Today's movement is intentionally leaderless, with participants using cash, encrypted apps and face masks to leave no trace for authorities to follow.
The Chinese surveillance state has its limits.  Hong Kong engaged in a general uprising and there was little authorities could do about short of mass murder.  But as the Tinamin square uprising demonstrated China is not above using mass murder to control the people.

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