On Sunday, September 28, 2014, protests in Hong Kong became violent. More than 50 people were injured and many more arrested. The mass crowd consisted mostly of college students protesting for democracy.
Citizens of Hong Kong were promised the ability to elect and vote for Hong Kong’s next chief executive in the 2017 election, until leaders in Beijing revoked the proposition.
Outraged by the sudden change, protesters peacefully settled in the streets in the central districts that are home to Hong Kong’s financial markets.
Lying in the streets, preventing oncoming traffic from traveling in and out, protesters hope to hinder work in the financial districts, causing government officials to take action and listen to the public’s concern.
The mass form of civil disobedience has been called “illegal” by Chinese leaders in Beijing. The Chinese police used a variety of tactics, including spraying the crowd with tear gas, in efforts to stop the demonstration.
Protesters were prepared for such action, and wore goggles, masks, and even used umbrellas to shelter them from the police action.
Things have settled since Sunday. Protesters are still occupying the streets, even sleeping in the road. Such efforts have proven somewhat effective.
These demonstrators want the opportunity to elect their future leaders, rather than voting for a candidate whom loyalists in the Beijing government have appointed. Ultimately, these citizens want national equality in voting for future leaders.