eHong Kong Politics
I thought that on the United States' Election Day I would post something about the politics here. The U.S. may not be the only ones facing political problems. On Sunday night there was a protest and legal demonstration in front of Beijing's Hong Kong office. It ended in police pepper spraying the crowd. The demonstration was led by lawyers, in defense of Beijing's interpretation and future interference of the basic law. The basic law (although temporary) is Hong Kong's constitutional document and went into effect in 1997. It protects Hong Kong from China's socialist society and allows them to remain a capitalist society for the next fifty years. It also gives them a number of freedoms and rights and maintains their separate systems. The exact reasons are still a little confusing to me, but I will do my best to summarize what my local Hong Kong friend explained to me.
So Beijing wants to make it illegal for legislature to hold a second oath in order to be admitted onto the council. It began with two local, pan-democrats who spoke with racist language against China in their oaths. If Beijing passes their reinterpretation of the oath, two more councilors will be kicked off the council. A total of four pan-democrats would be kicked off the council, which is already very biased. China's interference in the legislature would be a direct violation of the basic law, which mandates that China cannot directly interfere with Hong Kong's law. My friend told me that unfortunately the reinterpretation was just passed by Beijing's standing committee, so there will be another silent march today. She said that it Beijing is interfering now, that it is not looking good for Hong Kong's democracy.
Well that wraps up my post for tonight!