Protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong demanding their promised democratic rights, including the right to choose Hong Kong’s political leaders without interference from Beijing.
It all started with China’s unwanted interference in the elections scheduled for 2017 – when Hong Kong’s voters were supposed to gain the right to elect their own chief executive. However, the Chinese government announced last month that all candidates would need to be pre-approved by a committee friendly to the Chinese Communist Party.
The people of Hong Kong, unwilling to give up their political rights, came together under the name of “Occupy Central” to plan protests and try to reverse Beijing’s decision and were met with police yielding batons and tear gas.
The protestors seem to be adamant though, and are holding strong. Not only that, they are sharing photos and videos from the chaos.
Here are some photos and videos are popping up all over social media:
Amazingly, many students, diligent as ever, aren't letting their education and civil duties to interfere with each other.
Hong Kong became a British colony after the First Opium War (1839–42). On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was handed over to the People's Republic of China and became its Special Administrative Region under the principle of "one country, two systems."
Hong Kong has an independent judiciary and generally enjoys high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign relations and military defense.
In 2007, Beijing said it will allow the people of Hong Kong to directly elect their own leader in 2017 and their legislators by 2020. It is the deviation of the Chinese government from that promise that has given rise to the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement.