“The situation in Hong Kong is a climate of terror. You look at a lot of the frontline protesters who go and have written wills and carry the last testament with them into battle with the police. ”
Last week the People’s Republic of China celebrated its 70th anniversary while pro-democracy demonstrations continued in Hong Kong. The historic demonstrations began in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with mainland China. Concerned that the bill would further erode the civil liberties they enjoy under the one country two systems principle, many Hongkongers took to the streets.
All these months later, the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn the bill but the demonstrations have continued — the issues have become a lot bigger getting to the heart of the meaning of democracy and Chinese Imperialism.
Joy Ming King is an undergraduate student of social studies at Wesleyan University. Joy is a student organizer and member of Lausan Collective.
Michelle Chen is a labor historian, contributing writer at In These Times and The Nation, a contributing editor at Dissent, and a co-producer of the “Belabored” podcast.
Music in the Middle: “Chaos” by DJ Sun from his album Qingxi courtesy of Soular Productions.
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