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Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | 30/09/2014

No sign of end to stalemate

The situation in Hong Kong will remain tense for some time, the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat predicts: "Ever since pro-democracy activists were killed in Beijing in 1989, the Chinese Communist Party has been following a strict line on political demonstrations. It would be a horror scenario for the Party if a victory for the activists in Hong Kong prompted people on the mainland to follow suit. On the other hand, even a watered-down version of the Tienanmen bloodbath would pose a considerable obstacle to China on its path to international recognition. For their part the demonstrators would be hard put to give up their call for free elections after all the support they've received. Either they will grow weary and go home, or their protests will be crushed with violence. But as both possibilities seem unlikely for the moment, the stalemate could go on for a long time."

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