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What do the Hong Kong protests mean for Tibet? PDF Print E-mail
[16 October 2014] The democracy protests in Hong Kong have reignited interest in political reform for the People's Republic of China. The Chinese government is worried, as it has tried to stifle information on the protests from reaching the mainland population with strict censorship and heavy doses of propaganda.

Hong Kong protestsAs the Hong Kong protests continue, commentators are already considering what the long-term impact will be on China? Many have likened the protests to those in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Many have also wondered about the impact on ethnic minority communities under Chinese rule, such as the Tibetans and Uyghurs.

Below are a sample of opinions and statements on the impact of the Hong Kong protests:

Opinions and comments
From Tibet to Taiwan, Chinas Periphery Watches Hong Kong Protests Intently
(New York Times)
[5 October] "What we have in common with the people in Hong Kong is that we are all fighting for freedom and justice against an authoritarian regime that has broken its promises again and again, Tenzin Jigdal, a Tibetan activist.

Far from Hong Kong, ethnic minority regions in China are a tinderbox of tension (Reuters)
[8 October] "While Hong Kong style protests are unlikely to spread any time soon, Beijings counterproductive policies [in minority regions] will continue to breed instability that could potentially lead to violence."

Hong Kong protestsHong Kong protests: A real test for Beijing (Asian Age)
[9 October] "Xi must be calculating; will the Western bloc adhere to the Kissinger Doctrine, the pusillanimous policy of protecting business interests by ignoring the appalling human rights record of Communist China, or will the Western democracies stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong?"


Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang: Triple Trouble on China's Periphery (National Interest)
[9 October] "Despite the vast differences that set Hong Kong apart from Tibet and Xinjiang, we can find one plausible common explanation for the unrest in all three places: Beijings policy of assimilation."


Hong Kong 2014: Legacies of empire (Daily Camera)
[12 October] "The specter of Chinese people resisting its rule... signals loudly that opposition to the Communist Party's method of governance is not only coming from ethnic minorities."


The Beijing Rule: Bullying Its Way to Unity (Huffington Post)
[14 October] "Just 25 years after the painful Tiananmen Square Massacre, we are again reminded of who we are up against - a forceful bully, threatened by ideological deviation, driven toward a "unified China," by any means necessary."

Statements and press releases
Hong Kong: Free Peaceful Protesters; Avoid Excessive Force
[30 September] Human Rights Watch press release saying China should tolerate peaceful dissent and begin genuine reform.

Standing up for Hong Kong democracy in London
[1 October] A statement by a coalition of activists and organisations based in the UK, including Tibet Society, calling on China to allow real freedom and democracy for the people of Hong Kong.

China at a crossroad on Hong Kong political crisis
[1 October] Statement by US-based International Campaign for Tibet.

Solidarity message to the people of Hong Kong from the worldwide Tibet movement

[1 October] Statement by International Tibet Network, a global coalition of Tibet groups, of which Tibet Society is a member.

We Stand With You: A Statement of Solidarity
[3 October] A statement from Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian and Chinese activists. Compiled and issued by International Tibet Network.

Hong Kong: Protect Rights to Peaceful Protest
[6 October] Human Rights Watch says Hong Kong Chief Executive C Y. Leung should urgently assure the public of their rights to peaceful assembly and expression.

News and reports
On China Mainland, Many Arrests for Hong Kong Support (VOA)
[13 October] Authorities in mainland China have arrested dozens of people for expressing support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, including prominent scholar and activist, Guo Yushan.


Symbols and songs of the Hong Kong protests (BBC)
Latest news (via BBC China)
Background
(BBC)
Timeline (Foreign Policy)


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