Protests Reach New Peak Of Violence As Hong Kong Enters Sixth Month Of Unrest | Politics
Anti-government protests are continuing unstoppable in the Chinese region Hong Kong. After six months asking for democracy, on monday, the demonstrations reached a new, dangerous peak. The events were marked by a serious act by the police, who shot an unarmed student. The shot was captured on video and sent around the world raising awareness about the dangerous levels of violence that have been reached.
Despite the main blows of violence coming from the police, protesters have been accused of being the first cause of this, and the main perpetrators of pushing Hong Kong to the edge of collapse. Furthermore, the tensions continue with the police firing tear gas at the protesters, who have begun to defend themselves with petrol bombs.
Today is the second day of total paralyzation of the city. The protesters call for more democracy from China, which has not given them the independence from the country that they no longer feel citizens of. While asking for their freedom from a China that is trapping them, the number of wounded people in clashes is raising.
In fact, only at the beginning of this week, at least 128 people were injured. The conditions of the 21-year-old student shot in the bust by the police are improving, but at the same time, another serious accident saw a 57-year-old man doused in flammable liquid and set on fire. The political crisis has entered a new phase since the death of a demonstrator on Friday, the first linked to police action.
On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, called the protesters “extremely selfish” for their actions against the city, accusing them of being enemies of the people. Beijing on the other hand, which has authority over Hong Kong as part of the “one country, two systems” plan established when the former British colony was handed over to Chinese control, doesn’t want compromises.
Furthermore, Carrie Lam, who has ignored the requests of the protesters, is proving to be the first enemy of her own people, who have tried to be heard since June without any response. Violence has become the only tool to have the remote possibility of being heard.
I joined the faculty of Political Science two years ago in Bologna, where I left my heart. In addition to politics, I like to be inspired by art and cinema.
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