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Tue Sep 30, 2014, 09:07 AM

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Hong Kong: Why are the protests happening?

Al Jazeera has compiled this explainer to understand the basic issues of what is happening there now and why
September 29, 2014 1:12PM ET
by Philip J. Victor @philjvic

Ten of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to demand open elections in the semi-autonomous city. China took control of Hong Kong in 1997 after 156 years of British rule and agreed to implement a policy known as “one country, two systems,” which allowed the region to keep control of much of its own affairs through a separate legislature, executive and judiciary. Al Jazeera has compiled this explainer to understand the basic issues of what underlies the historic protests.

Why are there protests?

The demonstrations center around the nomination of candidates for Hong Kong’s first-ever elections to select a chief executive. Earlier this year, China endorsed the 2017 vote, but rejected calls to allow citizens the ability to directly nominate the candidates. China, instead, said that candidates would be picked by a pro-Beijing committee made up of 1,200 members — a decision some pro-democracy commentators said would render the vote “meaningless.” The decision is something protesters view as a violation of the city’s constitution, or “Basic Law,” which says Hong Kong would ultimately get “universal suffrage.”

The protests aren't just political; they're also economic and cultural. Hong Kong has a wealth inequality gap greater than some sub-Saharan African countries, and many feel that government policies are disproportionately benefiting the elite. A more democratic government, activists say, could hold politicians more accountable. Cultural differences also play a role. Recent campaigns against mainland Chinese people, which refer to Hong Kong's northern neighbors as "locusts," have highlighted local anger toward mainland Chinese people for pushing up property values, buying up the region's baby formula and generally being seen as not having acceptable manners.

Who are the protesters?

The pro-democracy activists are diverse group, from high-school aged activists to the elderly. A significant number of the protest leaders are young — one leading voice, Joshua Wong, is only 17 years old. While student demonstrators jump started the protests with a boycott of their classes last week, organizers also include a group called Occupy Central with Love and Peace as well as university professors and a set of pro-democracy lawmakers ...

Much more here: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/29/hong-kong-explainer.html

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Fri Oct 10, 2014, 02:49 AM

1. is that the commonwealth flag I see?

 

interesting that they should still identify themselves with the british empire.

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Response to redruddyred (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 08:03 AM

2. I don't think they are thrilled with China's

takeover or selection of candidates for election.

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Response to TBF (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:38 PM

3. throwback to imperialism then?

 

that's weird.

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Response to redruddyred (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 06:19 PM

4. Asserting their rights as humans to control

their own destiny. Perhaps some feel they had more control under Britain's rule? Others may wish for complete freedom.

Solidarity.

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Response to TBF (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 05:00 AM

5. whatever does this have to do with the commonwealth?

 

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Response to redruddyred (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 07:51 AM

6. Look, why don't you just make your point?

You showed up a day or two ago in this group with a bunch of flippant responses and romanticized Ayn Rand as a feminist.

What do you want?

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Response to TBF (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 01:55 AM

7. I'M WORKING VERY HARD TO MAKE YOU ANGRY.

 

very, very hard.
obviously.
that should be crystal clear.

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Response to redruddyred (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 08:48 AM

8. I really don't have that kind

of energy. Especially on a Sunday.

DU's lounge may really be more to your liking.

Alternatively you can contact Starry Messenger or socialist_n_TN to reinstate you if they see fit.

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