Here are three main links about Hong Kong’s Occupy Central.
Occupy Central can be recognised as a civil disobedience movement from China’s offer of limited democracy. It started with China’s offer to let them chose three representatives, then Hong Kong could chose from those three as their chief executive. Hong Kong disagreed to that offer, and protests started to rise, demanding democracy. At one point, one organisation threatened to block the main finance roads, such as Central, Admiralty or Causeway Bay. From peer pressure, they started early on September 28, when they meant to start on the first of October. Main roads in places of finance were blocked off by protesters, and the police started to chase them out for those who worked in these places. Protesters refused to budge, so the police used tear gas on the crowd. This caused uprising and stirred anger within the protesters, and ever since, they’ve been constantly causing traffic problems.
Many people, including me, noticed that most of Occupy Central’s protesters are students or people with low economic status. This means that most of the older generation people agreed to China’s offer. I personally think that most protesters are youngsters because the current world has been heavily influenced by America’s viewpoints. Most of the younger generation think that America is like the best country in the world, with nice human rights and democracy. I would say they’re only looking at one side of the story. They’ve never seen through other countries’ perspectives, like China or Russia. When Hong Kong students see that China wants to limit their freedom of democracy, they take on America’s sayings of democracy and start chaos within the city. What most protesters didn’t see is what happened to countries who fought with themselves about democracy. Below is a picture that is drawn about what happened to these countries.
Even though I know fairly well about Occupy Central, I’m still confused about a few things. First of all, if Hong Kong really does fall apart from this protest, and they plunge into war, will China react? I understand that currently China isn’t doing anything about this protest, and I understand why. But if one of their most economically trading cities have self destructed, then will they do anything? Will they stop the fight by taking control over Hong Kong? Or will they leave the city to its own battle? Another question I have is how does Occupy Central affect the economy of Hong Kong? I know that tourism has rapidly dropped ever since the movement started, but does it affect the trading/insurance companies? First, I’m going to try and ask my parents about these questions, see if they know. If they don’t, then maybe researching online would help. A final way is to just read the local newspapers.
Relating to the picture above, here’s a link including illustrations of opinions from a protester’s perspective about the Umbrella Revolution.