Current Events: Occupy Hong Kong

Oct. 8, 2014

South China Morning Post

BBC

CNN

From S.C.M.P. one man named Lee Ching-hong said that he wants the next generation to be able to vote for the next chief executive. I also learned that even though people who run businesses support the protesters, they’re saying they shouldn’t do it in a way that affects others. They say that since people have to take longer and different routes to get around Hong Kong, the customers have been driven away. From BBC, CY Leung says that if he steps down, Hong Kong’s chief executive would be chosen by a committee instead of voting. Hong Kong’s protests are considered “the politest protesters” on some media, because they were cleaning up. From CNN, the protesters are saying that it’s pointless to vote from the candidates Beijing will choose. China is afraid that what’s happening in Hong Kong will have a domino effect in China, because some people in China shaved their heads to support the protesters in Hong Kong.

Since I read some parts of the articles, I learned that the protesters are protesting for a good reason, and the reason why is pretty clear from the news article from CNN, because I learned that Beijing will choose the candidates, and it really would be pointless to vote, because you don’t really trust them. You can’t vote someone who’s going to do something really good for Hong Kong if they’re not one of the candidates. I also support the people who agree with the protesters but want to protest in a way that doesn’t effect others, because some of my friends and classmates have to pass through Central to get home, but they have to take a different route and bus that takes longer.

Something I’m still confused about is why China doesn’t let Hong Kong vote for their leader and chief executive. Do they want to “control” Hong Kong? I read from CNN that if Xi, China’s leader, accepts what Hong Kong protesters are fighting for, he will lose face. Why would he lose face?

South China Morning Post, drawn by Yu Pak-to:

 

“I can express my feelings through sketching. The colour yellow is used the represent the movement.”