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Hong Kong Protests

Postby Dobby » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:16 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29397738

I've got a fair few friends in HK who are all supportive of the protests. It will be interesting to see what Beijing's response is - hopefully nothing too aggressive. The protests are pretty large though, in the hundreds of thousands.

The main bulk of the reason for the protests is the decision that many in HK thought they were going to get their first largely democratic elections in 2017. However, Beijing has decided that their will be a maximum of 3 candidates all of whom must be approved by the central government in Beijing first. There is a greater feeling of anger in general though, particularly on inequality.

http://hkstories.jmsc.hku.hk/2014/09/26/12-reasons-why-hong-kong-students-are-skipping-school-this-week/

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Re: Hong Kong Protests

Postby Doncorelone » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:31 pm

They will crack down hard, then in a few years make a few token concessions to the demands.
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Re: Hong Kong Protests

Postby eynon81 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:36 pm

Doncorelone wrote:They will crack down hard, then in a few years make a few token concessions to the demands.



tricky.

China is trying to convince the rest of Asia they aren't total pricks. If they send in the PLA that just drives every other functional country in Asia-Pacific closer to the US.

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Re: Hong Kong Protests

Postby The Comrade » Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:08 pm

it's kind of a lose-lose for them. if they crack down they lose, if they give in at all they lose.
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Re: Hong Kong Protests

Postby Stratego » Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:53 am

The Comrade wrote:it's kind of a lose-lose for them. if they crack down they lose, if they give in at all they lose.

That's why if I were the Chinese government, I'd just report a medical case that someone in the protesting masses had ebola. Then let the protesters decide for themselves whether they want to continue to gather. Maybe report 2 or 3 cases.
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