Hong Kong is now in a struggle for freedom. The protests, which began in opposition to the extradition law, are inexorably growing. The protests, which seemed likely to continue peaceful demonstrations, led to armed repression and armed conflict. What do the people of Hong Kong want that much? The incident in Hong Kong involves an all-out challenge to the one country, two systems and a desire for the democratization of Hong Kong citizens beyond opposition to certain bills.
As one country, two system Hong Kong’s citizens, who knew they would be guaranteed autonomy for Hong Kong, were terrified that they could enter the hands of the Chinese government at any time. Hong Kong has demanded a direct election system for its chief executive, but China ignores the demand and rather blocks anti-China and electoral voters in order to take control of Hong Kong’s administrative and legislative institution. Hong Kong citizens are shouting at China and the world for their lack of suffrage in the protests and for being violated the universal values of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and others.
My first overseas trip was Hong Kong. Even then in 2010, Hong Kong had its own culture different with China. As an Asian financial hub, colorful, tall buildings rose, and people met on the streets that would only come from Hong Kong movies looked free to enjoy their culture. When I said, “It is a street that only appears in a Hong Kong movie,” you may have an image that comes to your mind. Considering all of these, Hong Kong has a different lifestyle and culture from China, and above all, it was filled with a desire for democracy.
China’s “one-China policy” is dominating the minorities, including not only Hong Kong but also Taiwan, Macau, Tibet and Uighurs, which are the minority group. We know how China take control of the minority. China is taking and managing Hong Kong for slaughter and violence just because it is on the brink. Autocracy is violence. The violence is tenacious. As always, China will not give up. That is why the Hong Kong protests should be recorded.
It should not be merely expressed as a protest against a particular bill. Their voices should be recorded in more detail and accuracy. As a result, I really hope that the energy of Hong Kong citizens will spread to another “place” where they want independence
Kim Chai-won email@example.com
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