Protesting students in the Polytechnic University were under siege laid by police riot squads, amid the chaos a loud speaker wielding officer announced there was no other choice than to surrender.
The unrest, chaos and death that captured Hong Kong in a iron grasp started about five months ago. A legislative bill that allowed for the legal extradition of local people to mainland China started nationwide protests. The ongoing protests and the violence, has since then morphed itself into an all out rebel movement. The controversial bill has since then been withdrawn, but it does little to shake down the spirit of the adolescent rebels.
Hong Kong was a colony just like the subcontinent and since its decolonization 22 years ago it was handed over to China but autonomy was granted to the territory. Since then, it has been running as a single country with different systems. The extradition bill was considered to be a direct hit on the autonomous status of the state and has been widely broadcasted by international media.
Looking at this issue, it is not very farfetched from the Kashmiri people’s struggle. Except that the Kashmir Issue gets little coverage, International Relations like always take precedence over humanity. Whatever happens in Hong Kong will be broadcasted all across the globe and mounts a certain pressure on China’s shoulders, where as in Kashmir a lot goes on behind the barbed fences that isn’t even reported. It is just a disturbing thought considering that the government in India is far more barbaric compared to their Chinese counterparts. Another similar situation involves Turkey’s attitude towards the Kurdish.
The United Nations and America are being repeatedly asked to intervene, there has not been a direct intervention but US has commented on the Issue several times. However in the case of Kashmir even comments are scarce. In both cases the situation is taking a turn for the worst and growing unpredictable with each passing day.
The focal point of the current rebellion converges at democratization and self governance of Hong Kong. It is a polar opposite of China’s president XI Jinping’s ideals, regarding Hong Kong. Thus the government action against the non conforming insurgents has taken a high road of violence, leaving bodies and broken families in its wake.
Under President Xi Jinping, China has also been waging an unprecedented crackdown on the Uighurs, a mostly-Muslim ethnic group largely based in Xinjiang. Several leaked documents from Chinese government, asking party officials to tell the Uighur students that their beloved family members have been imprisoned in detention camps because of their “religious extremism,” where their chances of cancer, diseases, or drug addictions are to be increased silently.
However these camps that resemble the Nazi concentration camps are highly unlikely to take place in Hong Kong because of the massive media coverage. Meanwhile, the internet which is highly controlled by the republic of china generally labels the rebels as terrorists. The very same terrorist tag, that labels Kashmiri’s, Uighur and the Kurds terrorists too.
The Chinese Communist Party has indicated that, the chances of a compromise taking place are nonexistent. The official stance on the situation being zero compromise, there really is no telling what the revolts will lead to. The local riot squads deployed have so far only resorted to rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons to counter the home made Molotov Cocktails, bows and arrows, slingshots and bricks. There have also been threats made of replacing the rubber bullets with real ones, but the mass coverage on the issue might avoid another massacre taking place.
The war –esque chaos that has engulfed Hong Kong has caused mass shutdowns.Chances of the municipal elections being delayed for a few days or even, downright being postponed for a few months are apparent. The issue does not seem to be dying down with predilections of both sides. Each move is perceived as a threat which has complicated a peaceful end to this conflict.
The situation is morphing itself into a ticking time bomb of human suffering, and the authorities may realize they have dug themselves a shallow grave with the mass coverage of this issue not stopping anytime soon.
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17 November, 2019