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Hong Kong Protest

Post by deja vu » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:15 pm

Pro-democracy crowds have stayed on the streets of Hong Kong at the start of National Day - which activists hope will see the largest protests so far.

Tens of thousands of people have been blocking parts of the city for days. They are demanding that China withdraw plans to vet candidates for the next leadership election in 2017. Current leader CY Leung has urged the protesters to go home, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed Beijing's influence on the territory.

On Tuesday Mr Xi told Communist Party leaders in Beijing that his government would "unswervingly implement the guidelines of 'one country, two systems' and the Basic Law, and steadfastly safeguard the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau".


Beijing ruled last month that Hong Kong people could elect their next leader in 2017, but the choice of candidates would be restricted to two or three people who must be approved by the majority of a pro-Beijing committee - meaning the Chinese government can effectively screen candidates.

The protests are seen as a direct challenge to Beijing's grip on the territory's politics.

Analysts say Communist Party leaders are worried that calls for democracy could spread to cities on the mainland.

They may shut down twitter, but there are other ways to get the word out. Beijing needs to tread carefully, because Hong Kong is unique to China and they could end up destroying it if they keep pushing for politcal control instead of the voters choice. It can only lead to disaster if China wins this battle, the two system way will disappear and Hong Kong as we know it will disappear. If Beijing wants peace they need to back off their demands, if they win the battle I could see a lot of international companies moving out and the economy of Hong Kong taking a nose dive. Exactly what China doesn't want, but will get if they keep pushing the buttons.

One can only hope China keeps a cool head and doesn't turn up the heat on the protestors who are not only peaceful, they are cleaning up after themselves. If China decides to become violent, it could backfire not only with protestors but also the international community and companies. They have to worry about the safety of their employees if China throws the military into the mix.
Hong Kong democracy timeline

1997: Hong Kong, a former British colony, is handed back to China under an 1984 agreement giving it "a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs" for 50 years
2004: China rules that its approval must be sought for changes to Hong Kong's election laws
June-July 2014: Pro-democracy activists hold an unofficial referendum on political reform and a large rally, which is followed by protests by pro-Beijing activists
31 August 2014: China says it will allow direct elections in 2017, but voters will only be able to choose from a list of pre-approved candidates; activists stage protests
22 September 2014: Student groups launch a week-long boycott of classes in protest
2017: Direct elections for chief executive due to take place
2047: Expiry of current agreements
Did Britain really think China would honor the entire aggreement? Foolish if they did, as China couldn't wait any longer to throw it's political force into Hong Kong. God help Hong Kong if they survive this, only to face it again by 2047. If they do the Hong Kong people love will definitely disappear for good.
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Re: Hong Kong Protest

Post by CielOnTap » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:59 pm

Newspapers that are covering the Hong Kong protests have been linking photos and articles to their Twitter accounts-the activity has been going on for several days. The Chinese National Day is today as well. Since many protestors have been using umbrellas to defend themselves against pepper spray attacks, the protest is also known as the umbrella revolution.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/ ... dings.html
Lester Shum, vice secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said the students would welcome an opportunity to speak to a Chinese central government official.

“However, we ask them to come to the square and speak to the masses,” Shum told reporters. “This is a movement of Hong Kongers and not led by any specific group.”

Shum demanded that Leung resign by the end of Thursday. He said there was “no room for dialogue” with Leung because he had ordered police to fire tear gas at protesters over the weekend.
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Re: Hong Kong Protest

Post by rocks » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:24 pm

It was unclear if those scuffles were spontaneous or had been organized, although some of the attackers wore blue ribbons signalling support for the mainland Chinese government, while the protesters have yellow ribbons. At least some of them were residents fed up with the inconvenience of blocked streets and closed shops, and were perhaps encouraged to take matters into their own hands by police calls for protesters to clear the streets.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hong-kong- ... -1.2786341

I would bet it was organized and that the attackers don't live in Hong Kong and were hired by the Chinese Government to force the protestors hand. They are not above the dirty tricks to end the protests and it's probably going to get a lot uglier.
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Re: Hong Kong Protest

Post by guitarblues » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:12 pm

The residents are brave to take the stand to see if they can choose their candidates when they vote. But downside is that many people might have their incomes affected if regulars are on the protest but not doing their shopping/buying of services, etc.
Really really want no damage to buildings-they would take money to repair and that money might come from a needed service or program.
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