October 24, 2021

UPDATED: HONG KONG PROTESTS FOR DEMOCRACY SWELL

Hong KongA swelling sea of protestors continue to remain in downtown Hong Kong.  Mostly young students and workers occupy the avenues and major thoroughfares in the heart of Hong Kong, showing a growing activist spirit against their Socialist government that has made election rules restrictions.

As reported earlies, Hong Kong has maintained a reputation as a safe enclave for peaceful demonstration and commerce, and the crackdown here has raised the political cost of Beijing’s unyielding position on electoral change in Hong Kong. Late last month the National People’s Congress called for limits on voting reforms here and barriers for candidates for chief executive, the city’s top leadership post.  The protesters are seeking fully democratic elections for the city’s leader in 2017. But under China’s plan, only candidates vetted by a Beijing-friendly kommittee would be allowed to run.

Leung Chun-ying, the city’s top leader, said the government opposes the “unlawful occupation actions by Occupy Central,” the name the pro-democracy movement has adopted. But the protesters are determined to stay until Mr. Leung resigns and the government answers their demands for democratic elections to choose his successor.

The protests, although much larger,  appear to be similar to protests carried out by Occupy groups in the U.S., the difference is that in Hong Kong they are asking for democracy.  Venezuela protests also started with students peaceful demonstrations, but because of the strong crack down by the police and military against the demonstrations, it transitioned into civil disturbances throughout the country using what it was called “Guarimba“, a form of passive resistance consisting with blockage of streets throughout the country.

 

 

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