If push comes to shove, the central government could intervene. The problem is many in Pro-Dems camp thinks that they could force the central government to cave. Many Hong Kongers overthink their importance to China. When it comes down to sovereignty, the central government would take a hard line no matter what.We finally got to the bottom of this.
I think a large vocal MINORITY is for change away from CCP China come what may. (let's say 1/3. Is not scientific, just for the sake of argument). Another 1/3 want to keep status quo, but will be happy/ok to go along.
So this still leave a sizable minority 1/3 not happy (approx 2.3 million people).
BUT even if this were so, and the west MSM are trying to say from this evidence, Hong Kongers wants independence, blah, blah.
But what these MSM delibreatly avoide to mention is....... that Hong Kong is a sovereign territory of China (CCP or KMT) recognised the world over without exception!
The system of governance is upto that sovereign country! Saying they demand and deserve independence because of majority of people wish it is absurd!
It is no difference to say, London have a labour mayor and its counter to the governing party of the country, and therefore they should have independence if they so wish it!
One has to look at example of Catalan in Spain to see how the MSM are not advacating independence for catalan siting its unconstitutional! Lol.
Well in Hong Kong, it is also unconstitutional! Butvit don't stop the MSM and USA voicing their support for the thugs!
After the mess in HK, I just don't see how the central government would even allow more leeway for direct election. I am pretty sure that the central government has lost faith in HK and is moving many functions of HK to other places. The central government has been mentioning article 23 in more frequency. The future of HK is bleak.