Hong Kong: Protests are turning out in massive numbers from Sunday, reviving the Hong Kong demonstrations with an ultimatum that they would fight for Hong Kong’s independence until their last breath. On the sidelines of the success of the pro-democracy groups in the elections held a few days ago, and the growing international pressure on China, the protestors seem to have resolved to adopt a more aggressive stance, apparent in the Sunday protests. At the same time, the security forces have also started preparations for varied options to quell the protests, and some of the police units were reportedly carrying AR-15 rifles.
It has been six months since the protests began, and their extent only appears to be increasing thereon. The demonstrations pose an unexpected challenge from Hong Kong to the ruling communist regime and have created a divide within the party over the issue. The six-month-long protest in Hong Kong is widely believed to be a failure of President Xi’s leadership in the Chinese political circles. At the same time, a group in the regime insisted that decisive action must be taken to put an end to the issue.
China has put all of its power behind the local administration in Hong Kong. Yet, the administration has failed to control the agitation, and the matter has caused China to be targeted internationally. The United States and the United Kingdom have taken a tough stance on the Hong Kong issue, and initiated preparations for sanctions, mounting the challenges before China.
On the other hand, by carrying out protests continually for six months and maintaining their intensity, it has been internationally touted that the people of Hong Kong have written a new chapter. The support for the demonstrations has thus increased, and countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Australia and South Korea are also showing solidarity to the people of Hong Kong. On the sidelines of the developments, the Hong Kong protests entered a new phase from Sunday with the biggest pro-democracy group in the city joining the cause.