Understand your enemy. Know your own weakness. To the protesters on Sunday, the central government’s liaison office might have seemed a suitable target, given its constant interference in Hong Kong’s affairs in defiance of the Basic Law. Attacking inanimate objects may seem preferable to attacking people, as happened in Yuen Long. Yet it was a grave error.

The liaison office and its plaque are not just symbols of the Communist Party and central government. Because they are also seen as…


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