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Media and Protest Logics in the Digital EraThe Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong$
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Francis L.F. Lee and Joseph M. Chan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856779.001.0001

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Counter-Movement Discourses and Governmental Responses

Counter-Movement Discourses and Governmental Responses

(p.150) 6 Counter-Movement Discourses and Governmental Responses
Media and Protest Logics in the Digital Era

Francis L. F Lee

Joseph M Chan

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the government’s responses to the Umbrella Movement. After the initial attempts of quickly ending the occupation failed, the government turned to the strategy of attrition. The government and the pro-establishment forces utilized three major frames—intrusion of foreign powers, the rule of law, and public nuisance—to challenge the legitimacy of the movement. Two of the frames were coupled with governmental actions and/or counter-mobilization efforts to undermine the occupation. This chapter also examines the government and pro-establishment forces’ presence in digital and social media, as well as how public opinion toward the Umbrella Movement was constructed in the mainstream media. It contributes to an understanding of the dynamics leading to the end of the occupation.

Keywords:   governmental strategy, media discourses, counter-frames, counter-mobilization, public opinion

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