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The polite Revolution

Rain in Asia

Modeled by Ryusuke Obayashi

Hong Kong has once again woken up from its slumber, and the whole world watches in expectation, hoping that this time, the protests and the pro-democracy movement will not fade or be quenched by the government by force, as it happened once before in Tiananmen Square; this is very unlikely to happen this time, in the era of social media, since it makes no difference how much the Chinese government tries to censor what is happening… the entire world is paying close attention.

Hong Kong was once a British colony, and became a special administrative region of China in 1997, so the addition of the territory to the communist government is rather recent; it is governed under the principle of “one government, two systems”, under which China has initially agreed to give the region a high degree of authority and autonomy for 50 years from the date of handover.

Hong Kong’s basic law, provides the development of a democratic process, but Beijing can veto any decisions made and has the upper hand, which has frustrated pro-democrats for quite a while.

To give you a general idea, half of Hong Kong’s legislature is not directly elected, but “chosen” directly by corporations and those loyal to the Beijing government; the thing that ignited the protests this time, is the fact that China is under the pretense that for the upcoming elections in 2017, all candidates must be first screened by a nominating committee -which is basically democracy, only by name-

Courtesy of BBC news

Courtesy of BBC news

The thing that has surprised me the most is how organised and clean the protests -that have been ongoing for over a week now- seem to unfold, which have earned them the nickname of “polite protesters”, and not until a few days back, when talks with the Chinese government have been boycotted by pro-democrats which have angered some local sectors who hoped it would mark the end of it and allow life to go back to normal.

Then again that is also what the Chinese government is hoping will eventually happen -and the reason it’s been literally holding its breath for a while, trying not to make any sudden movements-, if people get tired of protesting and go back to normal, no real change will happen and they keep things as they are, under a tight grip and a well crafted mirage of artificial democracy.

Student with umbrella

Courtesy of BBC News

So here’s hoping the umbrella revolution -taking this symbol after a student shielded himself from tear gas using this humble instrument- will resist and eventually achieve the goals they have set to accomplish, a well established and fair democratic system that will showcase the will of its citizens.

China will not give in so easily, since they fear democracy will spread throughout its territories, hence making the communist party obsolete; the one thing they fail to realize is that evolution of the governing bodies is needed, no country can really make any progress without a constant and steady flow of new blood, fresh ideas and opposing forces, which truly reflect the sentiment and wish of their people, since after all, the governing body must be a reflection of its citizens and not an oppressing force, benefiting only a chosen few, namely those in power and those in the surrounding spheres.

Hang in there Hong Kong, insist and persist, the road you walk may seem long and hard, but be sure that you do not walk alone.

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