Peaceful to Violent Protests in Hong Kong



Lauren Wong, Staff writer

Recently in Hong Kong, China, formerly a British colony until it was given back to Chinese communists in 1997, there have been many citizens protesting against the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement. This movement declined Hong Kong citizens’ rights, like free speech, unrestricted internet access, and rights to free assembly. Mainland China promised to remove this policy in 2047.

Lots of people began to participate in peaceful protests. Eventually, tension began to grow between police forces who were working to contain protests and protestors. Then, a small group of protestors turned to violence because they felt their actions were useless. Violent protestors have thrown bricks, Molotov cocktails (gasoline bombs) at police units, and a protestor even stabbed a police officer. Police officers have used water cannons, tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets to contain protesters.

The news of the violent Hong Kong protests has expanded globally. China has removed the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement and is trying to turn the public’s opinion against the protestors. China has acknowledged a wide-range warning against the United States and in doing so, has brought more awareness of these protests to Americans, making this a global topic. Many have gathered together supporting protestors, even comments on Twitter from the NBA (National Basketball Association) seconded the protestors. Now, U. S. citizens view that supporting protestors is encouraging the idea of democracy.


Information from the New York Times