Seven in 10 Hongkongers agreed in a survey that “when struggling with the government to fight for our demands, we should always stick to peaceful, rational and non-violent means”.
Interviews on social conflict and radical means of protest were conducted last month among 717 people aged at least 18 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Over 70 percent of them felt that political wrangling in the city is “serious”, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.
But most of them hoped these conflicts could be solved in a peaceful way.
When asked whether “taking radical actions such as physical clashes or traffic blockage is the only way of making the government respond to people’s demands”, 57.8 percent of the respondents disagreed, while only 15.9 percent agreed.
Over 40 percent of the interviewees said they accepted “lie-down protests”.
However, only about 10 percent of those surveyed accepted “throwing eggs at government officials”, “physical clashes” or “traffic blockage” as valid means of protest.
Other means of protest were even less popular: “throwing hard objects at law enforcement officers” or “burning tires or rubbish bins” received the support of only 3.9 percent of interviewees, and “vandalism” was approved by just 2.9 percent.
Nearly half of those surveyed agreed that they expected social conflict to become more serious in the next three years, while 25.5 percent predicted that it would be more or less the same, and only 13.2 percent expected an easing of conflict.
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