As protests have reached their sixth month in Hong Kong, police officers and student protesters have escalated tactics as time wore on. The protests began when the Hong Kong government proposed an extradition bill to allegedly remove dissidents from Hong Kong to mainland China, which is run by the central Communist Party government. Although the bill was rescinded and tabled by authorities, protesters expanded their protests against police brutality and censorship.
The central Chinese government claimed it is not interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs, which was a longtime former colony of the United Kingdom and was a bastion of freedom of speech.
The media’s coverage of the pro-democracy protests has been adequate, with the media noting the aggressive tactics from Hong Kong’s police force and also the protesters. At one point, protesters shut down the city’s airport, which is a busy international airport, to put pressure on the city government o acquiesce to their demands. Police officers responded with force when they encountered protesters.
Over the weekend, protesters holed themselves up at the city’s Polytechnic University, located in an important location near a road tunnel. The protesters used bricks, launched by catapults, and petrol bombs, to deter police officers from approaching the university. While some protesters attempted to escape without being arrested, the police officers disrupted those attempts.
CNN reported the injury of a police officer, whose thigh received an arrow wound, while there was a fatality involving a seventy-year-old who was allegedly hit by a brick launched by protesters. NBC News correctly noted how universities are now the focal point for the protests, and also mentioned the injuries and current stalemate outside Polytechnic University. The Associated Press painted a more personal picture in their article, describing protester’s tactics to hide their identities to escape imprisonment and possible torture.
Overall, the mainstream media has done an adequate job in describing the Hong Kong protests.
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Author: Spencer Irvine