tens of thousands of protesters crowded into the narrow streets of the district of Mong Kok in the Asian financial hub Hong Kong. The March is only one of countless protest actions, with which the people of Hong Kong make for nine weeks their anger on the government, with banners and chants of the air.
“It’s a long fight,” says the protester Ly Wong: “The government has not responded positively to our demands”.
Other protesters agree with Wong. You want to continue to protest until the government falls into line, they say. Their main demand: Hong Kong’s chief Secretary Carrie Lam is to take up a bill that would allow the special administrative zone, alleged offenders to China to deliver.
Lam declared the law to be “dead”. The protesters, however, want a formal decision. However, even this would probably stop no time to rest. The demonstrations have developed into a wider movement against the government and the police crackdown during the protests of the past weeks. Many people fear the increasing influence of Beijing and demanding democratic reforms.
“In the course of its development the movement has brought more and more problems in the Hong Kong society to light,” says the protester Ken Chu. Also, he is for weeks in the protest actions. “We can see that the government is willing or trying to respond to these problems.”
Once Hong Kong was a British crown colony. Since the handover to China in 1997, it is in accordance with the principle of “one country, two systems” as its own territory autonomously governed. But the distrust of China is growing at the latest since 2014. At that time, thousands of Hong Kong for more democracy moved on to the streets. The “umbrella revolt”, as the movement because of the umbrellas was called, with protesters against the sun and rain as well as against the pepper spray of the police, protect, put week, parts of the city to a halt. The leader of the protests were given exceptionally long prison sentences.
Since then, the urge extends to self-determination and independence in Hong Kong, especially among young people.
The dispute over the extradition law has developed to the worst crisis experienced by Hong Kong since the Handover to China. In the past few weeks, the protesters have referred to their protests as a “Revolution of our time” and a liberation of Hong Kong is required. Dissatisfaction with government has also led for the first time since 2014 new mass Call for democracy and a “genuine universal suffrage”. “In the course of the protests has become the protesters is clear that the people of Hong Kong with the promise of “one country, two systems” and a high degree have been cheated of autonomy,” says the Hong Kong deputies Claudia Mo. “The last claim was originally that Carrie Lam should resign. Now you are saying that we want a true, real democracy – or, rather, a General right to vote,” says Mo.
As much as the city is in political turmoil, showed last Saturday, as a peaceful Demonstration following the now established pattern again in the unrest ended: demonstrators built barricades, there were clashes with the police and used tear gas, mass arrests. Similar clashes continued until Monday, as protesters in seven parts of the city at the same time, went on the road. On the weekend of new protests are planned.
“I can see that the young protesters are very determined, and they are very angry at the government in General,” says the democratic Deputy Ted Hui. “You are angry because of the police violence. I think all the conflicts they create are thought of as a sign of defiance. They call it a Spite-motion.”
According to Hui a lot of people in his constituency are not with all the tactics of the protesters agree. However, many were also dissatisfied with the government. “You all agree that it is time to fight back,” he says.
A survey by the end of July, according to Carrie Lam is still popular with 30.1 percent of the population. Only 29 percent have confidence in their government. The head of government has drawn in the last few weeks, largely out of the Public. Instead, the Hong Kong competent authorities have China in their rhetoric against the protesters added. The Chinese state media accuse the protesters that a “color revolution” to power – that is, a Western-backed Revolution, with the aim to overthrow the government.
Lams government represents the protesters, meanwhile, more than radicals who want to benefit from the Anti-extradition movement since June, hundreds of thousands on the streets of Hong Kong. However, the Hong Kong’s summer of discontent is not over yet for a long time. For the coming weeks are planned on the social media protests.
Reuters topics in this article, Hong Kong, China Carrie Lam police democracy extradition law, Beijing
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