Hong Kong Tense
Thousands of pro-democracy protestors have chosen to remain grounded and not leave the protest site beating all attempts by the government to coerce them to leave. The protestors who are majorly young have staged an extraordinary revolution for democracy and ending Chinese domination. They are largely peaceful and hence the ruling government seems to have been locked in a tight situation.
The protests have brought the financial capital of Asia to a grounding halt. They have occupied all the strategic roads, government buildings and parks in the heart of the city.
Police have made many attempts to dislodge them by resorting to use of tear gas , batons and pepper spray which led to bad clashes between the students and the authorities. The violence left 40 people injured but failed to dismantle the crowd and evict the protestors. The government of Hong Kong tried a conciliatory approach with an aim to win over the young minds. It pulled back the riot police and asked the protestors to disperse peacefully and restore normal traffic along roads. However, the protestors are not ready to budge and are adamant on their stand.There are apprehensions of heavy crackdown on protestors by police.
The protest has been staged by a young activist named Joshua Wong who has been named as an extremist by the Chinese government.
Categories: India Current Affairs 2017