Chaos in Hong Kong

Over the past couple of weeks, citizens of Hong Kong have swarmed to the streets to protest a recent decision by China’s Chief Executive C. Y. Leung. Earlier this year, Leung and his Communist Party decided to appoint a small group of party supporters to select candidates for Hong Kong’s highest office. This small committee consists mainly of Bejing supporters who are viewed with hostility because of their allegiance.

By restricting the candidates the citizens can vote for, people in Hong Kong feel China has overstepped its authority in the “one country, two systems” doctrine which has allotted Hong Kong desirable sovereignty in recent years.

Though no one has been killed in the protests, the Hong Kong government reports that 165 people have been injured. China has also resorted to censorship in an effort to contain and stop the protests.

According to CNN, this attempt has not helped, as students moved the protest into a new week by keeping their strategically obtrusive protest locations occupied this Monday. These protests show a growing resentment of the Chinese government and are part of a global trend in which strong central authority is increasingly being questioned and protested, a trend that seems primed to continue.

Unfortunately, news from the Middle East has drowned this story out of the mainstream news. Senior Jeremy Moore, who stays informed on current events, had not heard of what was going on in Hong Kong.

“All of the news recently has been covering ISIS [and not focusing on any other topics],” Moore said.

Visit CNN for more information on the protests:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/05/world/asia/china-hong-kong-protests/index.html

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