by Zach Selby
In the past year, the majority of news reporting heard in the United States and abroad was regarding the chaos happening in Hong Kong. On March 15, 2019 the first of many protests were sparked into action as the people of Hong Kong have had enough. This all stems from one major objective–for the government to withdraw a controversial bill that would have allowed extradition of fugitives to mainland China.
Most cities in China are tightly governed by the authoritarian central government but Hong Kong is different. When Britain gave Hong Kong back to China in 1997, they agreed they would be governed under a one country two systems policy which made them a semi-autonomous city with their own legal and political systems.
For several months now, the Hong Kong People’s Republic has been rocked by pro-Democracy and anti government protests. What started as peaceful protests quickly escalated into violence and anger on both sides.
According to CNN, protesters have been shot at with live rounds, had bricks thrown at them, and even been set on fire.
In the past couple of months, the protests do seem to be slowing down and growing smaller compared to the hundreds of thousands of protesters back in June 2019.
Although this is true, several news outlets such as CNN and the Washington Post have stated that the slowdown is due to government restrictions on transport and police refusing approval for such protests. With both sides unwilling to give ground, it’s uncertain how or when the conflict can end.
Recently, the coverage of these protests has been limited. It seems the rest of the world has either forgotten or are not up to date with the state of protests in the hermit kingdom.
It is important that we try to stay as informed as possible in regards to this event. More importantly, we cannot let the Chinese government undermine the democracy of Hong Kong.
The government is doing all they can to keep the information hidden from the rest of the world, much as they did in 1998 with the Tiananmen Square protests. The best way to support the people of Hong Kong is to keep the story alive and spread the word.