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Global Q&A: ‘Is democracy worth ‘fighting’ for?’

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Andrés Orden, 28, Self Employed: Yes, absolutely. I would fight for democracy because without a doubt it is much better than a totalitarian government. And I would do it the same way as the students and young people do in Hong Kong—protesting, taking over the streets, resisting without violence.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Andrés Orden, 28, Self Employed: Yes, absolutely. I would fight for democracy because without a doubt it is much better than a totalitarian government. And I would do it the same way as the students and young people do in Hong Kong—protesting, taking over the streets, resisting without violence.

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