A Fight for Right
The recent issues in Hong Kong have only gotten worse for citizens over the past couple of months. The fight for democracy continues to play out with very little progress. “Occupy Central,” as the movement is known is demanding that the government should meet the international standards in relation to universal suffrage.
It started when limits were set for the 2016 Legislative Council and 2017 Chief Executive election. This potentially means any individuals that are running for those respected positions can be screened out by Beijing authorities. With these limits in place, the general population does not have a full say in the selection of candidates.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism have attempted to boycott classes in hopes of bringing awareness to this issue. This organization is just a minority to those who have partaken in various protests to fight back against the government.
Among the many goals with these protests is the resignation of the city’s leader, Leung Chun-Ying. Before a meeting Tuesday afternoon, Leung was reported to say that the panel that chooses the candidates would be more democratic.
Protests still continue however due to the fact that the citizens of Beijing are not aware of what was discussed in the meeting Tuesday. They are described as “very disappointed” in their government and authorities. The situation continues to become more complicated and we can only hope for the better that the people of Beijing win this fight for democracy.