The criminal gangs that have attacked peaceful protesters in the streets of Hong Kong should come as no surprise. Fear and intimidation are ploys employed and encouraged by weak governments attempting to cling to power in a diminishing sphere of influence. Yet, the resolve by protesters for greater democracy has been maintained and it appears resolute to attacks from any sources.
But the reality confronted by pro-democracy seekers in Hong Kong clearly points to one of two choices - to seek British or Hong Kong judicial review of the agreement that gave Hong Kong to China; or to stay in the streets until China grants universal suffrage thus facing the possibility of dwindling numbers engaged and the involvement of the Chinese army in a 1989-style crack down.
To stay in the streets would be a daunting task and if it is chosen, then protesters are bonded to their desires for greater democracy at all costs. To seek judicial review appears more plausible as the next phase to the demands for universal suffrage. Protesters have won recognition as to their aspirations. They have demonstrated successfully before the international community their full intent to democracy, so to go home tomorrow would be to do so as victors.