Hong Kong Protests Cause Backlash

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For the past two weeks, thousands of Hong Kong students have been pouring into the streets protesting non-stop. The protesters aren’t calling for independence though, they’re calling for democracy.

 

Police in Hong Kong responded to protests with force, firing tear gas at students and setting up heavily defended barricades.

 

Protesters are wanting Hong Kong’s officials to follow the constitutional commitments made in the “Basic Laws,” Hong Kong’s mini-constitution made when Britain handed Hong Kong over in 1997. The students are protesting for democracy. The students do have a bit of a point, though, as Article 47 of the Basic Laws says: “…the Ultimate aim for electing the chief executive is universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly diverse representative committee.” People want the committee to give a real choice in the elections of Hong Kong officials.

 

When the officials in Hong Kong respond to allegations of not giving the people choices in voting, they quote the Basic Laws, saying that the way in which things are is a result of “…gradual and orderly change.” But it seems to be the opposite, the government in Hong Kong is claiming legitimacy when it comes to elections, yet the choices seem to be narrowed down so much that there really is no choice.


Protests in Hong Kong do seem to be simmering down now, though.