arab spring in bahrain is more comparable to current HK than belfast.
kinda ironic this discussion, as conservative gov in early 80s had early talks about relocating hk people to belfast which quickly ended and was never published until 30 years later.
While the history and the causes are different the similarity is in the suppression of legal protests, stubborn partisan politicians, police brutality.
The cultural divide between HK and Mainlanders is at least as wide as the religious divide between protestants and catholics was. Possibly wider.
It's a local community being run by a "bigger neighbour" that nobody likes.
Young people with no feeling of ownership of their community or a future.
Peaceful protest being suppressed and turning into violence.
If the PLA come in I see the NI outcome being the likely scenario, not an outlier.