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Throughout our history, there have been many influential protests that have shaped the world we live in today. A protest is simply a form of expression, by words or action, that challenges a certain policy at hand. Protesters often organize their protest as a way of publicly making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy. Protests can be very controversial and may even endanger the lives of many.

For my article I looked at the New York Times, to examine a very big situation going on in Hong Kong. In my article Protesters March as New Hong Kong Leader Is Sworn In, pro-democracy demonstrators march the streets of Hong Kong hours after Leung Chun-ying is sworn in as a chief executive. Recently President Hu Jintao of China swore in a new chief executive and cabinet for the territory. Many people of Hong Kong were upset with the new chief executive Leung Chun-ying, as democracy activists stated, “he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” The Hong Kong government has constantly backed him up even stating he would protect the civil liberties of the country.

The result of this controversial new chief executive, is a spark of one of the biggest protests in Hong Kong in the past decade. People came out of Victoria Park where they marched for more then four hours. Protesters then marched toward two government office complexes carrying a variety of banners. A variety of messages were being represented, including greater democracy in Hong Kong and better state pensions. The police stated that the number of people in the park at the beginning of the march had been 55,000. Organizers said that 400,000 people had participated in the march, including many who marched for nearly two miles. According to the article, Ivan Choy a Hong Kong political analyst at the Chinese University, said this protest would make it extremely hard for Mr.Leung to preserve his political legitimacy. Government continues to be corrupted as the divide between the rich and poor is at the greatest point in any Asian economy.

The government in Hong Kong continues to effect citizens everyday. I believe the protestors are fighting against a system that is unjust and they must continue to seek a change. The citizens of Hong Kong seek a political system of democracy, rather then a political system dominated by a few wealthy people. The faster the people are able to drive out Mr.Leung, the faster they can begin to address the serious economic problems they face.


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