A long-term resident and expert observer of dissent in Hong Kong takes readers to the frontlines of Hong Kong's revolution.
Through the long, hot summer of 2019, Hong Kong burned. Anti-government protests, sparked by a government proposal to introduce a controversial extradition law, grew into a pro-democracy movement that engulfed the city for months. Protesters fought street battles with police, and the unrest brought the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army to the doorstep of Hong Kong. Driven primarily by youth protesters with their â€˜Be water!â€™ philosophy, borrowed from hometown hero Bruce Lee, this leaderless, technology-driven protest movement defied a global superpower and changed Hong Kong, perhaps forever.
In City on Fire, Antony Dapiran provides the first detailed analysis of the protests, and reveals the protestersâ€™ unique tactics. He explains how the movement fits into the cityâ€™s long history of dissent, examines the cultural aspects of the movement, and looks at what the protests will mean for the future of Hong Kong, China, and Chinaâ€™s place in the world.
City on Fire will be seen as the definitive account of an historic upheaval.