Editorial : Sense of hopelessness among the young must be addressed

【明報專訊】THOUGH the occupation of the Legislative Council by protesters has come to an end, the social divide and political confrontation are actually getting worse rather than better. The fact that hundreds of thousands of people joined the July 1 march shows that there is still a very strong public outcry. It is also a fact that some youngsters are showing the feeling of despair on the social media. All this must be faced squarely by the authorities. The best way to heal the wounds is to officially withdraw the fugitive law amendment proposal and uncover the full picture of the chaos through an independent investigation. The government should also start conversation with the objectors and the young as soon as possible. Hong Kong now needs calm and rationality to de-escalate the tense situation and create the conditions for political dialogues. The government must take concrete action to show that it is willing to change its paternalism and communicate with the people. All parties should also stop using expressions like "martyrs" or "remonstration by means of death" so as not to encourage extreme acts of self‑harm.