The only way out is through

Alex Lo in today's SCMP

"With unpopular policies... the government's routine has become consult and ignore. At the same time, Hong Kong is so safe and stable that people can bring children along to protests. So our protests become larger and more frequent and the players get younger and younger"

When dealing with government at any level there's a 'proper' procedure for everything. It's just that the connection between following that procedure and any kind of result has been severed. At best is a game of chess at worst it is a maze where civic engagement goes to die.