Hong Kong’s actions for local geopolitics

Dr. Alvin HungChi Yu, professor of Geography and Planning, gave an informative presentation on Tuesday about the Umbrella Revolution happening in Hong Kong. This presentation was part of the International Education week at SCSU.
According to Yu, from September 26 people in Hong Kong have been protesting due to a new law set by the Chinese government. Students from the University of Hong Kong are protesting for more political freedom.
The ‘umbrella’ symbolizes the protection from law enforcement due to the major pepper spray. The name came into play relatively quick during the pro-democracy protest. This social conflict has brought about great media attention, and even though the protestors believe it’s more of a “civil-disobedience movement,” the Umbrella Revolution stayed consistent in the media.
A professor from the University of Hong Kong, Benny Tai, and a group called Occupy Central started the protests. In addition to political freedom, students are against Leung Chun-Ying, executive chief of Hong Kong, and want him to resign.
As of right now, Chun Ying refuses to resign. Chun Ying was elected under a committee that consisted of 1,200 members; only 689 of them that voted for him.
Yu said that this is such a small number and doesn’t represent all of Hong Kong.
“There are about 7.1 million people living in Hong Kong, that’s more people in Hong Kong than Minnesota” Yu said.
Although many are for the revolution, there are some people who are against it.
Yu discussed how a sizable portion of the population, mainly the working class and the elderly, view the civil-disobedience movement as a threat to their livelihoods. On the other hand, the students believe that, “The Hong Kong government has the constitutional duty to fight for a democratic reform proposal for Hong Kong.”
Yu pointed out how the separation comes into play and that there’s a war among members of the Hong Kong society. He also explained how clear the separation is when people are protesting because, if you’re wearing yellow, you’re pro-occupy, and if you’re wearing blue, you’re anti-occupy.
“They are looking at this civil disobedience movement as a universal suffrage, and they are looking for a general election” Yu said.
Furthermore, with the presentation, Yu wanted everyone to get a better perspective of what’s going on with the revolution, and did so by showing everyone photos from the people of Hong Kong protesting. He also showed a graphic photo of a man being pepper sprayed by the police, along with how many protesters are active in Hong Kong.
In the long run, Yu believes this revolution is going to last for a long time, but he has no idea what the outcome will be.

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