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Hayward: Give Thanks for Your Freedom as Everyone from Hong Kong to Iraq Fights for Theirs

Protest movements are sweeping the world, from Hong Kong to Iraq. Protesters in each country are aware of the other movements and frequently give them shout-outs or adopt their tactics. The fate of all these movements is uncertain, but they share a more unambiguous commitment to sovereignty than most global protest stories of the past few decades, and perhaps an understanding that national and cultural identity are vital weapons against authoritarian hegemonic powers. Smaller governments may not guarantee freedom and human rights, but big ones almost guarantee their absence.

Students hold the US flag and sing the Star-Spangled Banner at the Hong Kong University (HKU) campus on September 20, 2019, as they rally for the US Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP …