By Almudena Rincon (Senior)
Protesters blocked the city streets of Hong Kong for three weeks in September and October in an effort to allow voting rights for its citizens. CY Leung, the current chief executive of Hong Kong makes the final decisions, whether the population agrees with him or not.
The protesters accomplished getting a great part of Hong Kong’s population to fight of the same cause, thought the protesters did not reach their goal. The government led a few actions against the protesters to “quiet down” or put out the protests. They threw tear gas in the streets where the protesters were and arrested some. Currently, the protests have ended with the government refusing to give in to the population’s demands, showing that the government makes decides for the whole population. The government has been able to clear the streets weeks into the protests due the decrease of protesters; there have been less and less protesters as the days have gone by because of the government’s choice to ignore the pleadings for as long as possible. With that, it is proved that the government controls the people, both directly and indirectly.
The Umbrella Revolution, the name these protests have been given, is similar to another protest in China to fight for fair democracy. The first protest took place in 1989 in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In this event, the government also ended up on top of the protesters. To end the protests in the square, the police force was sent and violence was used. It became a massacre, with dead and injured protesters. Today, 25 years later, the ways of treating protests are fortunately different, but the outcome is the same: the government possessing the power makes the decision for the country. But the people continue to fight for a democratic voice.