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We Should Let Chinese Students Have Their Voice

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have spilled on to the streets and campuses of Australia’s capital cities, embroiling the country in an argument it doesn’t want and doesn’t always understand.

Pictures of Chinese flags waving from the steps of Sydney’s Town Hall may conjure up images of a communist takeover. But there are many loyal and patriotic Chinese-Australians who are nonetheless more sympathetic to the Beijing government than to the Hong Kong protesters. And as equal citizens of Australia they have every right to their opinions.

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