New York Times
HONG KONG — A wave of protest in Hong Kong that engulfed the city could continue into the week as thousands of residents defied a government call on Monday to abandon street blockades, students boycotted classes and the city’s influential bar association added its condemnation of a police crackdown on protesters.
The public resistance underscored the difficulties that the Hong Kong government faces in defusing widespread anger that erupted on Sunday after the police used tear gas, pepper spray and batons to break up a sit-in by students and other residents demanding democratic elections in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
On Monday the Hong Kong government canceled the city’s annual fireworks show to mark China’s National Day, which falls on Wednesday, and government censors in Beijing ordered websites in mainland China to delete any mention of the unrest.
By evening, the crowds had swollen to greater numbers than the night before, when a police crackdown failed to dislodge protesters from a major thoroughfare in the heart of Hong Kong and appeared to have motivated more people to join the student-led protests. A government announcement that the riot police had been withdrawn from the protest centers also seemed to open the door to growing demonstrations.
Unrest in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese territory and global financial hub, could lead to a long confrontation between the government and demonstrators.
Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty, has operated under a policy of “one country, two systems.”
The city maintains an independent judiciary, and residents enjoy greater civil liberties than residents of mainland China. Hong Kong has a robust tradition of free speech.
Democratic groups say Beijing has chipped away at those freedoms, citing an election law proposed last month that would limit voting reforms.
China had promised free elections for Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017. But the government rejected a call for open nominations of candidates, instead proposing that candidates would continue to be chosen by a committee dominated by Beijing.
The current city leader, Leung Chun-ying, has clashed with the pro-democracy opposition. After the crackdown on protesters Sunday, some called for his resignation.
“This morning I was happy to see that they stayed and insisted on continuing the protest,” said Cindy Sun, a 30-year-old bank worker who joined protesters during her lunch hour.
Ms. Sun said she thought the police response, especially the use of tear gas, was excessive. “The students were completely peaceful,” she said.
Many of the protesters were wearing surgical masks and goggles in anticipation of the police trying again to disperse them with tear gas or pepper spray.
“Yesterday, it was like a war. There were tear gas grenades everywhere,” said Eric Yeung, a geologist who marked his 28th birthday on Monday by joining the protests. “There’s another feeling tonight. It’s like a party. Emotions are high.”
The people of mega city Hong Kong are Chinese. Their government is Chinese. But they don’t like their government. So, they’ve taken to the streets to shut down an important part of the city, the financial district. Bankers don’t like being shut down. Thus, the police have been tear-gassing the protesters.
About 60 percent of the American people are white. Their government is non-white. They don’t like their monkey president or his government. Yet, unlike the Chinese, who are not occupied by a foreign race, white Americans have not taken to the streets. Americans hate bankers as much as the Chinese do. But the bankers in America have not been shut down.
Will the people of Hong Kong get what they want, which is real democracy, not the fake sham democracy imposed on them by the mainland Chinese? If they do, then you have your model of how to get real change.
Will the white people of America get what they want, which is real democracy too. Our people are fed up with supporting lying parasites in Washington and we want our own country with traditional values.
Watch the people of Hong Kong and learn how to use large numbers to sabotage a corrupt, tyrannical System.
And be of good cheer. They can’t kill us all when we take to the streets following the example of the Hong Kong people.