Monday, November 25, 2019

HONG KONG - Protests and Referendum

"How Beijing is likely to respond to escalating Hong Kong protest violence" PBS NewsHour 11/18/2019


SUMMARY:  Police in Hong Kong have tightened their siege on the campus of the Polytechnic University, where hundreds of protesters are trapped inside.  It’s the latest bout of violence in nearly six months of demonstrations -- one China is warning it won't let go too far.  Nick Schifrin reports and talks to Kurt Tong, former U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong, about the protesters’ strategy and U.S. response.

"After months of protest, Hong Kong’s interest in local elections soars" PBS NewsHour 11/22/2019


SUMMARY:  Hong Kong will face its first electoral test since anti-government protests began in June.  The District Council elections are usually focused on local community issues and will not change Hong Kong’s political system.  But more than half of Hong Kong’s population has registered to vote in what is seen as a timely referendum on support for the movement.  Special correspondent Divya Gopalan reports.

"Hong Kong’s local polls test support for ongoing protests" PBS NewsHour 11/24/2019


SUMMARY:  Hong Kong saw a high voter turnout in the local district council polls on Sunday in which 452 seats were at stake.  The election, which was peaceful, is being seen as a referendum on the conflict between the city’s administration and the ongoing pro-democracy movement that has gripped Hong Kong for over six months.  New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.

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