Hong Kong Wants Democracy

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Pro-democracy protests have been ongoing in Hong Kong for now the 11th weekend in a row. On Sunday August 18, according to organizers, nearly 1.7 million protesters marched down the streets of Hong Kong. These several weeks of peaceful protests all started when a bill was proposed to allow people to be extradited to China for trial. Despite pouring rain, participants didn’t let weather disrupt their stand to let China know that they want more political freedoms. Umbrellas were put up and Hong Kong was clogged with citizens willing to fight for a change.

 

Tear gas, clashes with the police along with their dogs, and threats from China’s government to use military force, has not put an end to this powerful protest. Just last week, a 2 day-long sit-in took place inside Hong Kong’s airport, leading to acts of violence that many believed had been taken too far. These demonstrations have prevented a number of flights and jammed transportation for the locals. The stronger reaction that protesters get from authorities seem to rile them up for upcoming weeks. 

 

On Sunday, you could hear marchers yelling ‘Hong Kong people, keep going’ throughout the commotion. Caught on film, were police officers using batons as well as other weapons on protesters in a train station. Even though the marches are supposed to be peaceful, violence has started to set in, producing casualties. Nights have not gone undisturbed while crowds have gathered to throw petrol bombs or eggs. Yet all the chaos caused by these demonstrations also inspired a rally on Saturday opposing violence and supporting their government and police. At the same time protesters are now claiming that Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, should resonate and have other demands as well.

 

This is not the first major movement in Hong Kong against one of their governments. In 2014, there was the ‘Umbrella Movement’ named because that’s what the protesters used to shield themselves from pepper spray and teargas. The general reason behind the movement was because Hongkongers were angered by their region’s economic policies. Several art pieces were depicted with a yellow umbrella in several drawings and banners, and some of the art left after the demonstrations were labeled with the saying “We’ll be back.” They did come back, and will continue to protest for democracy.

 

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