Related to the 1997 British handover of Hong Kong the Basic Law of Hong Kong included the commitment that by 2017 the territory’s chief executive would be elected by universal suffrage. Surely, one man one vote – how simple can ‘universal suffrage’ be, is the way it’s understood in every democratic society. However, such logic does not quantify in the Orwellian newspeak of the Chinese Communist Party.
After the British handover in 1997, there has been growing discontent among the Hong Kong people as the CCP keeps stalling on the issue.
The final straw came on August 31st, when Beijing stated that Hong Kongers will each get a vote, but the nomination of candidates will be controlled by a 1,200-strong election committee filled by pro-Beijing figures.
The Occupy Central campaign consequently started on Sept. 28, 2014 and the protesters have since formed main protest sites in Mong Kok, Canton Road, Connaught Road, and Causeway Bay.
“Umbrella Movement” is the term coined by the media after protesters used umbrellas to ward off the scorching sun and the tear gas and pepper spray that police used.
The Chinese Communist Party not only calls the pro-democracy movement ‘illegal’, but since a commission of U.S. lawmakers and Obama administration officials published a report entitled, “Increase support for Hong Kong’s democracy” which stated that Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations are an increasingly important human-rights issue, China’s state-run media allege that Hong Kong protesters are being manipulated by ‘western hostile forces’ as the U.S. is often described in Communist rhetoric.
The Chinese Communist Party hence uses its old threat of ‘damaging to US – China relationships’.
However, according to the Epoch Times, “all signs indicate that Occupy Central is a wholly organic movement native to Hong Kong.”
The statement from the Communist regime is a classic example of psychological downplaying and ‘isolation’ tactics- “No it’s not a genuine movement of the masses longing for real democracy, it’s a movement of a limited number of individuals misguided by hostile forces with ulterior motives…”
China uses the same technique of downplaying and blaming the involvement of external forces in the Hong Kong events towards the people in mainland China.
The state-controlled CCTV does not broadcast images of large groups of democracy protesters, but instead focuses its reports on the so-called involvement of external forces and the problems caused by the protests, e.g. traffic jams and economic and social instability.
As far as the U.S. point of view goes, “The U.S. doesn’t dispute China’s sovereignty but says it supports democratic elections under Hong Kong’s Basic Law, or mini-constitution, that guarantees the territory’s semi-autonomy until 2047.
The U.S. government claims the right to a voice because of its interests in Hong Kong, including numerous businesses that depend on its well-regarded institutions like its legal system.”, the Wall Street Journal states.
Recently, support manifestations for the umbrella revolution in Hong Kong are starting to emerge in the U.S., Canada and Australia. With the Tiananmen massacre of 1989 in mind, the eyes of the world are focused onto Hong Kong, and surely vigilance is required. As John Adams stated over 200 years ago, “the jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”.
Needless to say this is especially true for an oppressive regime as the Chinese Communist Party.