Fresh scuffles erupted between pro-democracy activists occupying central parts of Hong Kong and riot police, as the protests entered their second week. Thousands of people held a rally overnight, defying the Beijing-backed authorities, although by Sunday morning many of the protesters had gone home. On Saturday Hong Kong's leader warned that police would ensure government offices and schools reopened on Monday. Activists oppose China's plans to vet candidates in 2017 elections. Read more >>
The cartoon by Dave Granlund shows a fire-breathing Chinese dragon destroying a billboard marked "Democracy for Hong Kong. Freedom of Choice!"
The Chinese Dragon is often used by political cartoonists because it's an easy way to represent China, just like Uncle Sam for the US, John Bull for Britain, Marianne for France, the bear for Russia, and a samurai or sumo wrestler for Japan.
Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and Chinese folklore. The dragons have many animal-like forms such as turtles, fish, and imaginary creatures, but they are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs. Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. With this, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. [Source: Wikipedia]
• Hong Kong Protests (Cagle Post cartoon collection)