Monday, August 19, 2019

HONG KONG - The Fight for Democracy

"Hong Kong demonstrations cool, but police, Beijing vow consequences" PBS NewsHour 8/14/2019


SUMMARY:  Although Hong Kong's airport is back up and running, the city’s political unrest is far from settled.  Local police and the Chinese government both condemned protesters Wednesday, saying they had “crossed the line” and would be prosecuted accordingly.  Beijing also blamed the U.S. for the pro-democracy demonstrations, as President Trump tried to maintain neutral ground.  Amna Nawaz reports.

"Amid Hong Kong’s unrest, how China is ‘laying the groundwork’ for intervention" PBS NewsHour 8/14/2019


SUMMARY:  After two days of heightened violence, demonstrations in Hong Kong partially receded Wednesday, and the city's airport resumed operations.  Now questions are surfacing about whether Hong Kong will prosecute protesters it arrested -- and whether China itself intervene.  Amna Nawaz talks to former National Security Council staffer Ken Lieberthal, and Minxin Pei of Claremont McKenna College.

"With buildup of forces on border, China displays waning tolerance for Hong Kong protests" PBS NewsHour 8/15/2019


SUMMARY:  Chinese military exercises Thursday near the border with Hong Kong reiterated the country’s waning patience with months of pro-democracy demonstrations, some turning violent.  Beijing officials have referred to the protests as “terrorism,” and even some Hong Kong residents have grown weary of them -- but more are planned for the upcoming weekend.  Special correspondent Bruce Harrison reports.

"After recent chaos, Hong Kong protesters hold peaceful march" PBS NewsHour 8/18/2019


SUMMARY:  More than 1.7 million people in Hong Kong took to the streets on Sunday in the largest demonstration in the ongoing protests in the city, organizers said.  The peaceful demonstration follows last week’s violent clashes with the police and chaos at the Hong Kong airport.  Quartz reporter Mary Hui joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.

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