Thousands in Hong Kong protest China’s influence on new school curriculum
September 8, 2012
Protests in Hong Kong ahead of an election on Sunday are posing a major test for the city’s new leader as voter discontent fueled by anger over perceived meddling by Beijing threatens to shake up the political landscape.
This time round, Hong Kong’s legislature will have a more democratic flavor - it has been expanded from 60 to 70 seats, with just over half of them to be directly elected.
But the results are likely to reflect a recent upsurge in anti-China sentiment, which has been exacerbated by a plan for a school curriculum extolling the achievements of the Chinese Communist Party.
Thousands of people have demonstrated outside government headquarters for the past week demanding the school program be scrapped, forcing Leung Chun-ying to cancel what was to have been his first major international engagement as Hong Kong’s leader at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Russia.On Friday evening, the crowds swelled further as tens of thousands of ordinary citizens, many dressed in black, denounced the curriculum as Communist Party propaganda which glossed over the darker aspects of Chinese rule, hitting a nerve in the former British colony that remains proud of its freedoms 15 years after London handed it over to Beijing.
I think it’s important to note that the “Communist Party” in China doesn’t represent the agenda of real communism any more so than the “Democratic Party” represents the agenda of real democracy in America. Both use deceptive language to represent something that they are more a henderence to than a proponent of. Communism is worth fighting for, but the state-capitalist “Communist Party” doesn’t represent communism. At all.