China Faces Pro-Democracy Uprising In Hong Kong

Posted on Mon 09/29/2014 by

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

China could never really be trusted to protect even the limited democracy in Hong Kong, and this confrontation with protesters could become serious:

HONG KONG’S leader has appealed for calm and sought to quell fears that the army would be brought in to quash the pro-democracy protests that have brought chaos to the city.

As tens of thousands of demonstrators were blasted with tear gas in an ultimately vain effort to disperse them, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying went on television in the early hours of today to urge the crowds to go home…

When China took control of the former British colony in 1997 it agreed to a policy of “one country, two systems” that allowed the city a high degree of control over its own affairs and keep civil liberties unseen on the mainland. It also promised the city’s leader would eventually be chosen through “universal suffrage.”

Beijing now says that time has not yet come. China’s insistence on using a committee to screen candidates on the basis of their patriotism to China — similar to the one that currently hand-picks Hong Kong’s leaders — has stoked fears among pro-democracy groups that Hong Kong will never get genuine democracy…

University and college students say they will continue to boycott classes until officials meet their demands, which include reform of Hong Kong’s legislature and withdrawing the proposal to screen the election candidates.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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