Continuing Injustice in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong authorities have charged three leaders of last fall’s massive pro-democracy demonstrations with offenses that could send them to prison for as long as five years. The charges stemmed from the night last September when Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law scaled a fence and broke into a public area outside the city’s government offices known as Civic Square. Others participated but these three were charged because they led the action.

The students were leaders of a class boycott called in response to Beijing’s decision, the previous June, to block democratic elections in 2017 for the territory’s top official, the chief executive. Beijing wanted to give every Hong Kong adult a vote—but also control the slate of candidates, with loyalty to Beijing and the Communist Party as a litmus test.

In days after last’s September incident, the boycott merged with the Occupy Central movement, which planned a sit-in protest in Hong Kong’s central business district, to become the Umbrella Movement. For 10 weeks they brought traffic and business to a halt in downtown Hong Kong. The movement took its name from the umbrellas protesters used to shield themselves from police teargas. 

- The remainder of this post can be read for free at Democracy Road, FPI Senior Fellow Ellen Bork's blog at World Affairs Journal

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