Hong Kong, which was given back to China after 150 years of British control, had been promised its special rights and autonomy by the Communist regime; however, with the 2017 election — where the people where told they would be "allowed to democratically elect their top leader for the first time ever" — it turns out that the people can elect whoever they want... as long as it's someone approved by Beijing.
This of course did not go down well with the population, who started #OccupyCentral and #OccupyHK. The result has been the unsurprising crackdown by police in order to silence the masses. Doesn't seem like they're ready just yet to give up, even after China started blocking social media services like Instagram.
Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty. Since then, it has operated under a policy of “one country, two systems,” which keeps its independent judiciary and many freedoms, including a robust tradition of free speech. But many democratic groups say that China has chipped away at those freedoms, and that the election law proposals were the latest, most infuriating example.
The Chinese government endorsed the tough approach to the protests. The Hong Kong government blamed the unrest on Occupy Central With Love and Peace, a group that has spearheaded demands for greater democracy.
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