Hong Kong residents protest for open elections



Protestors, mainly young adults, swarmed the Hong Kong streets. They were opposing the policy for Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong Chief Executive, to approve candidates for chief executive.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience [to working people], but at the same time we hope that they can understand that the government should be blamed for causing the suffering they are experiencing,” Ma Wan Ki, 20 year old activist in the League of Social Democracy political party said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

On Oct. 20, Leung, the Beijing appointed leader, said it was undesirable to allow future Hong Kong leaders to be chosen in open elections because it would jeopardize giving poorer residents a leading political voice, according to the New York Times. Though some citizens did not approve this, Leung said he wanted compromise with the protestors.

“We need to talk with the people, particularly young students,” Leung said in an interview with BBC News. “What I want to see is a peaceful and meaningful end to this problem.”

According to MCT Information Services, pro-democracy activists overwhelmed the riot police, causing them to use pepper spray and batons on them.

“[The protests have] gone out of control even for the people who started it. They cannot end the movement, which is a major concern,” Leung said in an interview with BBC News.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong conducted a public opinion poll from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15, which showed 37.8 percent of the respondents supported the protests, an increase from the 31.3 percent in mid-September, according to Bloomberg News.

Michael Davis, law professor at the University at Hong Kong said in an interview with Bloomberg News said, “This is not surprising because the government has so mishandled the protests with police using tear gas and a sense that the government doesn’t represent Hong Kong.”

According to Bloomberg News, the protestors demanded for China to get rid of the decision to scan candidates in a nominating committee for the city’s leader election in 2017.

“[The protests are] something which is purely by those who live in Hong Kong,” protestor Jeffrey Hui said in an interview with BBC news, “Those who care about Hong Kong, who stand up and go against the regime.”