January 28, 2020

A Tragedy Threatens to Unfold in Hong Kong

“A tragedy appears ever more imminent in Hong Kong.

As anti-government, anti-Beijing protests continue into their 17th week, clashes between law enforcement and protesters have become increasingly ugly and more violent. On Tuesday, as Beijing celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, an 18-year-old protester in Hong Kong was shot in the chest with a live round by the police.

It has become commonplace for the radical elements of the city’s democracy movement — namely, young protesters — to do battle with the more powerful police force. Weekend after weekend, violence rages on. Unless something changes, it is only a matter of time before a real tragedy involving fatalities occurs. Further escalation in violence could also lead to a much more severe crackdown by the Hong Kong government or a military intervention by Beijing, making the achievement of the movement’s goals all the more difficult.

The young protesters have resorted to violence because they believe it to be effective and necessary in their fight against Beijing’s encroachment upon their city’s autonomy under the “one country, two systems” system, the Hong Kong government’s ineptitude in safeguarding their rights or offering hope for their future, and the rampant police brutality that has come bearing down on their movement.”

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