About the podcast: Amanda Tattersall was a Lead Organiser with the IAF for 10 years (she helped set up our Australian network) and she now does a podcast traveling the world telling stories of social change. It's called ChangeMakers.
She just visited Hong Kong where she interviewed over 25 democracy leaders and campaigners ranging from 15 to 74. This trip was made possible with the help of Samuel Chu - a former leader with One LA and a Hong Konger/American.
The ChangeMakers Podcast series on Hong Kong goes deep into the politics of Hong Kong to try and better understand how the current protests have taken on the form that they have. Two episodes are now available.
Hong Kong does not have universal suffrage, and its form of protest has taken shape in that political space. It teaches a lot about strategies the develop in authoritarian regimes. If you are interested in understanding what is going on in Hong Kong at a deeper level, and also just want to listen to some amazing stories of courageous leaders - you’ll enjoy this (and the two additional episodes that will follow over the coming months). Listen here
The Hong Kong protesters have turned militant and more strategic – and this unnerves Beijing By amanda tattersall
The past few weeks has seen a drastic escalation in violence on the streets of Hong Kong. On Tuesday night, a police officer aimed a shotgun at protesters who had gathered outside a police station, while a car launched fireworks into the crowd.
Days earlier, the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters trying to reach the Chinese government’s office.
And the week before, following a protest of 430,000 people, vigilante thugs, dressed in white and carrying bamboo sticks, beat up democracy protesters at a train station.
The rest here: A smart piece by former IAF organizer Amanda Tattersall on Hong Kong protests.
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