This week the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th anniversary. Months of demonstrations continue as Hong Kong fight for the future of their democracy. The historic demonstrations began in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with Mainland China. Concerned that the bill would further erode the civil liberties they enjoy under the one country two systems principle, many Hong Kongers took to the streets. All these months later, the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn the bill but the demonstrations have continued – the issues have become a lot bigger getting to the heart of the meaning of democracy and Chinese Imperialism.
“The situation in Hong Kong is a climate of terror. You look at a lot of the frontline protesters who go and have written wills and carry the last testament with them into battle with the police. ” –Joy Ming King
“I think it’s been widely reported that there are sort of tensions between sort of what the ordinary public of China thinks of the Hong Kong protesters.” –Michelle Chen
Joy Ming King is an undergraduate student of social studies at Wesleyan University. Joy is a student organizer and member of Lausan Collective.
Michelle Chen is a labor historian, contributing writer at In These Times and The Nation, a contributing editor at Dissent, and a co-producer of the “Belabored” podcast.
This week the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 70th anniversary as months of pro-democracy demonstrations continue in Hong Kong. The historic demonstrations began back in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with mainland China.
Concerned that that bill would further erode the civil liberties they enjoy under the so-called “One Country, Two Systems” principle, many Hongkongers took to the streets to fighting for the future of Hong Kong. All these months later, the city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, has withdrawn the bill, but the demonstrations continue. And the issues have become a lot bigger, getting to the heart of the meaning of democracy and Chinese imperialism. What can we in the US learn from what’s going on in Hong Kong?