Excessive Force: Not Just An American Problem

November 29, 2014 12:49 pm30 comments

With the recent uprising in China’s island city of Hong Kong, tensions have risen on both the island as well as the main land. When Great Britain gave the territory of Hong Kong back to China in the 1980’s an agreement was made to let Hong Kong govern itself, with a policy known as “One Country, Two Systems.” Well, the Hong Kong people are finally cashing in on this agreement, demanding a democratic election from main land China.

I do not see this arrangement being accepted anytime soon.

Starting in September, students, activists, and others in protest took to the government building square and occupied many more blocks to show their distrust in the system currently in place. The people of Hong Kong are demanding that the proceedings be fair and completely democratic in the upcoming election.

Currently, the main land socialists Chinese government hand selects “Pro-China” candidates to insert into the Hong Kong elections. The people have finally had enough, and they should. As an isolated island population that has been tossed back and forth between jurisdictions, the recent uprising is neither surprising, nor any closer to an end.

A rather unusual name given to the protest, “The Umbrella Movement,” is indicative of the Chinese spirit. The name came shortly after reports from numerous bloggers that the protesters, instead of going home, took out umbrellas to protect themselves from the tear gas being launched at them from the police. This development is really remarkable and suggests to me that the life of this movement will be long and durable. The movement is only two months old, but there does not seem to be any let up in the mass amount of people turning out to show their dissatisfaction.

Then, on Oct. 15, a man was beaten in a back alley by dressed down police officers as others kept watch. This act of police brutality has shaken the community and created a rift that had previously not occurred between the peaceful protesters and the police force. In response to this event, the Hong Kong government has declared a full-unbiased investigation into the incident.

The man involved in the incident was a part of the Civic Party, whose leader has commented to CNN that, “This is an apparent abuse of police power that a society as civilized as Hong Kong would definitely not swallow. I would advise the commissioner of police to immediately arrest the six officers involved in that attack.” The response, which was so quick to enter into the media spot light, is in sharp contrast to the lackadaisical efforts the Ferguson police force had several months ago in America’s own bout of police brutality.

Police brutality has hit center stage around the world, from democratic United States, to the socialist China. Where has the police force gone wrong? When will this trend end? My answer: never. We have reached a stage, where as a society, we have given up too much freedom in the hunt for protection and the result has backfired terribly.


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