It seems that things are not going well in Hong Kong and the police have felt the need to use pepper spray in an attempt to deal with pro-democracy activists. The reasons for the demonstration is the fact that it appears that China is going to rule out full democracy.
The standing committee of the China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) have made it clear that they will not allow the people of Hong Kong to have a full say in their new leader when the elections take place in 2017.
Reports have come in that there have been scuffles surrounding the visit of a Chinese official who was visiting to explain the stance that Beijing was taking. It was here that the pepper spray was used and afterwards, eye witnesses did say that the scenes were “chaotic”.
Occupy Central are threatening to close down the financial district but this will be fought by China, The Deputy Secretary General of the NPC Standing Committee Li Fei has said “Occupy Central is an illegal activity. If we give in, it will trigger more illegal activities”He was heckled as he gave the Chinese stance and was interupted while making his speech.
It has been explained that the Hong Kong residents want universal suffrage but the leaders in China want to vet all candidates meaning there is little chance that there will be an opposition democrat on the ballot paper. The leader of Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying is trying to show that the NPC decision is a good one. He said “There is still room for discussion in regards to the issue in Hong Kong legislation.”
On the other side of the argument is the Hong Kong Federation of Students and their leader Alex Chow was someone who was removed from the meeting. He said “Hong Kong is our turf. The NPC doesn’t represent us. Stop insulting us. Hong Kong people won’t be insulted by you again.”
It seems that the activists have support from around the world with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Charles Rivkin saying that America would back “free and fair elections and transparency”. He continued “We believe, in the case of Hong Kong, in one country and two systems.”
Nick Clegg the British Deputy Prime Minister has said that they “would not shy away from defending one country, two systems.”
It is hoped that there can be agreement before the 2017 elections take place.