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New Bloom is an online magazine featuring radical perspectives on Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific, founded by a group of students and activists after the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan. We seek to provide a space that fosters political and intellectual transnational dialogues in the Left.
As demonstrators in Hong Kong flooded the streets for a peaceful protest Hong Kong sent in the riot police in an attempt to intimidate them and clear the streets using tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets.
Late on Sunday Riot police with batons, shields, tear gas guns and pepper spray sealed off the Legislative Council. Clashes erupted between hundreds of demonstrators and police.
November's nuclear power referendum has only set the stage for political battles still to come.
The recent debate among US policy thinkers has barely bothered to mention what Taiwanese people want.
Speculation that China would negotiate with the KMT for the quiet release of the Taiwanese democracy advocate feels like ancient history.