Hong Kong Protests: Fighting the Silence
Hong Kong is a self-sustaining mega city, home to one of the biggest financial centers in the world. But, this highly independent city lacks one staple that many citizens in developed countries have: a right to say who the masses want as a leader. Leaders are the product of their combined imagination. However, the truth is that Hong Kong’s future is being manipulated by the CCP, while Premier Xi Jinping deeply tries to hold Hong Kong in his Chinese Dream. Most protesters in Hong Kong fear for their freedom and independence, as the CCP actively silences the voices of Chinese citizens, sometimes in deadly ways. The protesters will never have their demands met.
The CCP is solely responsible for the protests happening in Hong Kong. The spark that fuels the Hong Kong protesters ignited when the CCP announced that universal suffrage will not be practiced in the 2017 elections for the Hong Kong Chief Executive. This is the final trigger that forced young protester Joshua Wong to lead thousands of Hong Kong students to stand up against one of the most powerful nations in the world. (2:17 The Evolution of Joshua Wong). Hong Kong citizens have little sense of Nationalism towards China, since it is fundamentally independent from the CCP’s control. If Hong Kong is thousands of miles away from Beijing, the CCP has no right to say who should be leading Hong Kong, especially when Hong Kong isn't communist. This is an issue of Nationalism. Hong Kong has an independent government from mainland China, thus protesters feel as if they, the Hong Kong people, are suffering the effects of another country, China. This is limitation, which ultimately brings the Hong Kong people to a protest. The protesters see China as a threat to their sovereignty, where foreign leaders are trying to control how Hong Kong is going to be run. Protesters are afraid that citizens of Hong Kong will lose their say in their independent government. They have been protesting non-violently, but the Hong Kong police force has been brutally tear gassing the protesters. One editor describes the protests as, “generally peaceful and well organized…but police have used tear gas and batons...” (Why is HK Protesting). The Hong Kong police force gets orders from the chief executive, and the CCP is behind him. The only thing that students have that represents their voice is their freedom of speech, and they express it through their protests. The CCP will use whatever means necessary to control their people. Protesters are enraged in the fact that their own police force can harm them, even though the police are Hong Kong citizens. The CCP has even encouraged Hong Kong parents to discipline their children. This isn't the first time the CCP has used censorship and violence to control fellow Chinese citizens.
The CCP is challenged when citizens start to speak up. They resort to everything from tight censoring, to violent solutions. The CCP has a history of killing peaceful protesters, as seen in the Tiananmen Square incident. The author tells is that, “the decision was made to quell the uprising…Beijing crackled with sounds of gunfire…” (China Since 1644 294). The Tiananmen Square incident reminds the CCP of their failure to handle a challenge to authority. The CCP silences anyone who challenges them and thus no new ideas come forth because people are afraid to speak up. Just like how the education system is corrupt and inadequate in rural China, issues never get brought into the eyes of the CCP, in fear of angering them. The Hong Kong people do not wish to suffer from the same fate, and they are willing to stand up against a violent government. The CCP certainly does not wish for any democratic movement to reach mainland China. They have pictures and information of these peaceful protests censored on Chinese servers. The author explains that the CCP, “fears that the kinds of protest and exercise of rights demanding greater political freedom will be contagious and trigger something in China…” (Park). The pictures and articles about the Hong Kong protests are strictly regulated in China so the CCP can provide a lopsided view of the situation. This provides a false sense of imagination, as the language between the citizens of China is being manipulated. The protesters make a good argument, but they will sadly never have their demands met.
The protesters themselves believe that a victory is grim, and that changes will not be promised by the hardline paramount leader of China, Xi Jinping. Mr. Xi has been a strict and unyielding leader that holds territories very dearly. The author of one article tells us, “…he has always taken a hard line in solving problems, especially those related to issues of territorial sovereignty, what he and the party call core interests” (Schell). The CCP must be unyielding to the Hong Kong people so no similar protest could spark in the mainland. This on top of the fact that Mr. Xi hasn't really been flexible in making decisions makes it clear that Honk Kong will never have their demands met. The protesters know that what they are chasing after is not plausible and the CCP will never hear their voices. The CCP has even denied negotiations to speak with the protesters. The author explains that, “Without China's participation, those in Hong Kong are all but certain, Tuesday's negotiations will go nowhere” (Sheehan). Hong Kong protesters were ready for negotiations, but the CCP will never publicly debate. Many protesters believed that they wouldn't sway Chain’s decision for universal suffrage from the start, but it looks like the CCP won’t even bring it up. Decisions are final with the way Mr. Xi is running the CCP. Anyone who challenges that will be silenced.
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