Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are arrested
I’m not sure if any of you are aware of this, but Hong Kong is in a crisis at the moment. The central Chinese government has released the “White paper: One Country, Two Systems” book a few months ago, which was added to the Basic Law of Hong Kong. It stated that Hong Kong officially belongs to China (it used to be a Special Administrative Region), and everything in Hong Kong cannot be done without China’s permission. This means that many of our rights would be stripped away, including freedom of speech and unrestricted use of the Internet. We would not be allowed to oppose the Chinese government in any way, or we’d end up in jail through one way or another (similar to the NKVD under Stalin). Recently, the government also proclaimed that Hong Kong can no longer be able to take part in voting for our next Chief Executive. This means that the voting will be done purely by the Chinese government and them alone. However, this isn’t “voting” at all; our CE is directly picked by the country’s Chairman and no one can oppose their decision.
Many Hong Kongers have become infuriated by the news, and have formed a large protest group to voice our opinions against this new law. The group requests a proper and honest CE election rather than to have our CE picked out for us when we don’t know the slightest thing about them. The group’s main event/purpose is called “Occupy Central” (Central is the heart of Hong Kong), which is a self-explanatory peaceful protest which will take place if our demands for a proper election are fallen on deaf ears. If this happens, the transportation links and other vital networks will stop, so it would be compulsory for the Chinese government to agree to our demands.
The protest group have commenced their plan of action a few days ago, where tens of thousands of citizens (made up of mostly University students) have gathered outside the Hong Kong government headquarters Civic Square(a public area), demanding for their thoughts and pleas to be considered. A gigantic number of police and the anti-riot unit (which is only sent when people start setting stuff on fire and throwing bombs around) were sent to the scene, and a steel fence of 3 meters high was hastily established outside the headquarters. However (unsurprisingly), no one from the HQ came out to respond. After approximately 3 days and 15 hours of waiting, one of the protest group leaders encouraged the group to climb over the steel fence, and enter the Civic Square. About 200 people succeeded in getting to the other side, but they were all immediately surrounded and pushed to the ground by the police. The protesters were then gathered in the center of the HQ like livestock, and were brutally pepper sprayed and tortured. At around 11pm yesterday, the police began carrying (and I mean carrying, not coaxing) the protesters away from the Square and proceeded to arrest them. A majority of the students were injured by the police (including bending the wrists backward and tearing at their shins), and had to desperately seek a nearby hospital for medical care.
Currently, the protests are still going on (50000 protestors and counting), and the government has sent out even more police forces rather than actually coming out to speak to the protesters. Who knows what will happen next? Will this be another Tiananmen Square incident? Will the protesters perish before their requisitions are met?
I’d just like to raise awareness about this issue. Our democratic rights have long gone. I know that it hasn’t been as serious as the Ferguson incident, but I believe that more people should be aware that even minuscule cities like Hong Kong can be struggling with political disagreements and conflicts.