An excerpt by Russian democracy leader and former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, in The Washington Post:
The protests in Hong Kong also rebut what I mock as “the genetic concept of democracy.” For years I have been told that Russians (or Arabs, or Chinese) simply aren’t disposed to democracy. They require a “strong hand” or they “love a tough leader.” This is just one of many theories people born in the free world use to mask their privilege, their inaction, and their shame. It’s condescending and ridiculous when you look at the two Germanys, the two Koreas, or Taiwan.
What is true is that no one is simply entitled to democracy, or even to basic human rights. No, these things must always be fought for, and if the brave students in Hong Kong can remind the world of this then their protest is already a success.
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