Hong Kong Protests

Photo of the Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution taken by Alex Ogle on September 28, 2014.  

"China’s government is refusing to compromise with pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong as protesters threatened escalated action in the autonomous island region of south China," (Morris) wrote PBS reporter Ashira Morris. Mostly students, protesters are gathering in large masses to pressure China into giving citizens full suffrage for a democratic government and have even threatened to block more government buildings and move their occupation into the central government offices. Police forces have been seen with rubber bullets and tear gas, which they will use if the protests get out of hand. As seen above in the picture, the protesters brought their own umbrellas to shield themselves from the police's weapons.

The protesters are demanding a new way of government. According to CNN, reporter Katie Hunt says, "The new framework will allow Hong Kong's 5 million registered voters to select their leader, although candidates must be approved by a committee similar to the one that selected the city's top official in 2012" (Hunt). However, not all the Hong Kong citizens agree with the protests. According to a poll taken by a Chinese University, "46% did not support the Occupy Central campaign, while 31% backed the civil disobedience movement" (Hunt).

MLA sources:

Morris, Ashira. "Chinese government warns of ‘unimaginable’ consequences if Hong Kong protests continue." PBS Newshour. 2 October 2014. Web. 8 January 2015. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/chinese-gover...

Hunt, Katie. "Hong Kong protests: What you need to know." CNN. 30 September 2014. Web. 12 January 2015. http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/27/world/asia/hong-kong-five-things/

Policemen keep vigil as pro-democracy demonstrators gather on street parallel to where a protest site was cleared in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Friday, November 28.

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