WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN CITIZENS FEEL THEY have a mandate that isn’t respected by the political powers that be? Well, in Hong Kong, inhabitants turned out by the tens of thousands to claim what they feel is rightfully theirs. Admittedly, the coverage filling the airwaves this week of the massive protests filling the streets of that city reminds us that the issues are complex. But at the bottom of it all lies one basic provocation. Hong Kong belongs to China, but prior to its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, citizens pressured their leaders into negotiating the “Basic Law” – a constitution that would govern the city of some 7.2 million people, guaranteeing freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and freedom of the press.…