Protests in Hong Kong continue to wage as the threat of China looms


Ben Dembinski, Staff writer

   Ever Since the protests in Hong Kong started in mid-June of 2019, over Hong Kong’s new extradition treaty, people have been wondering how this will all playout in the long run. The reason why this caused so much of an outrage was that it was a treaty with mainland China, among other countries, which Hong Kong is considered an administrative region of. This means Hong Kong is part of China but doesn’t have to follow the same laws. Although, with this new law that could all change. 

   With China being part of the law, many of Hong Kong’s citizens are concerned that they would now be subject to China’s ever strict laws on things such as free speech, open internet, and freedom of the press.  

   That last point about freedom of the press is a big one because if Hong Kong is brought more closely into China’s legal jurisdiction, many newspapers will be shut down, in favor of one of China’s government run newspapers: The People’s Daily, Beijing Daily, Guangming Daily, and Liberation Daily

   The fact that these newspapers are government run means that the government can decide what goes into the news and what doesn’t. This can create a scenario like George Orwell’s 1984, where the government controls everything about its citizens, even what they think. 

   It’s this total government control that China practices under its communist government and the Hong Kong people want the freedom to do as they please.  The protests seemed to be paying homage to the American Revolution and the United States, with many of the protestors flying American flags and wearing “Make Hong Kong Great Again” in a clear reference to President Donald Trump.  

   In recent weeks, the protestors have been reaching out increasingly to the US to help keep the Chinese out of Hong Kong. So far the president hasn’t gone one way or another on the issue, but it’s going to be hard to keep impartial on this issue, and everyone knows how vocal our president is.

   Only time will tell what can come out of this, either the protests will work and China will get out of Hong Kong, or China can use its power over the region to bring in the military to end the protests.

   When it comes to Lakeview’s opinion on the matter, it seems pretty skewed in favor of the protestors. 

   Junior Matt Ciavone stated, “I think it’s great to see people protest against oppression, especially when its the government.” Ciavone continued, “I mean you got this tiny island of Hong Kong, who was governed by Great Britain, a capitalist country, for over 100 years then given back to China, a communist country, these protests had a long time coming.”

   What Ciavone said about the 100 years of British rule is true, Britain and China had an agreement to switch ownership on Hong Kong back in 1897, then in 1997 Britain honored its agreement, giving back Hong Kong, much to the dismay of its citizens.

   When asked about the american aspect of the protests Ciavone said, ”It’s great; they should be like us: a capitalist free market, that’s what works.”

      When asked about the subject, Senior Cole Sheiferstien said, “ I agree with Matt, but I’m scared for the protestors, I mean I hope we don’t forget Tiananmen Square,”

Sheiferstien continued, ”It would surprise me if China doesn’t send in troops to help keep the people in check and its regime in power.” In 1989, over 70 students were shot dead by chinese armed forces in tiananmen square

   The threat of China remains a huge issue with their close proximity to the tiny island, and China doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to ending protests peacefully. In conclusion, these protests have been going on for long enough to be considered serious and the US and China need to react, how that will be is up for time only to decide.