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Street power

In Hong Kong and elsewhere, messy democracy faces a street challenge.

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Hong Kong remains on a knife-edge. One strain running through the protests is that while knowing whom or what they want to overthrow, there is a lack of clarity about which system or individual is a viable alternative.

THOUSANDS of demonstrators trying to topple Hong Kong's legal ruler C Y Leung and set terms for the 2017 election symbolise a new political trend: Whichever constitutional way a ruler has been brought to power, the ability to continue might depend on the consent of the social media-connected