By: Thomas Sze
I had the chance during my winter break to visit the protest sights in Hong Kong. Not only did I get the chance to interact with locals, take pictures, and watch the protests, but I also got to be part of the crowd, experiencing their emotion at the moment. When I arrived at the sights, I did not have an opinion. I found it easy to sway to both sides. On one side the businessmen said that the protestors were causing problems for commerce, but on the other side the students complained about not having a representation. So why were these students, professors, and citizens of Hong Kong unhappy? According to many of the locals, China has started to force certain policies down the throats of capitalists citizens; policies such as an economic merger with China. Well that seemed quite bearable; however, what about taking away the right to vote for a leader? China did, in fact, promise Hong Kong universal suffrage in the next election, yet they have now stated that a Chief Executive must be chosen from a select group of candidates. After hearing this directly from locals, I started to get the picture of why citizens, even around my age, were so passionate in their objections. When I tried to snap shots there, I could feel how tense the situation was.
There were around 50 police officers in a small area, and as I walked their eyes followed. I wonder what the police think of the issue; of course they are doing their job, but what about when they get home? Every government should be a reflection of the majority of the people’s views, right? Obviously Hong Kong is not an exemplary example. Hopefully, one day this political issue will be resolved, and all of this will just be a part history.
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