Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been cleaning up after themselves after a night of battles with police who used tear gas and pepper spray in a crackdown condemned around the world. Thousands of people are occupying the Admiralty district of the city in continued opposition to the Chinese Government’s refusal to let them select their own candidates for leadership elections in 2017, allowing only Beijing-backed politicians to stand. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from The International New York Times shows shield-carrying, baton-wielding riot police in full body armour using water cannon and pepper spray on the protestors, who are holding a pro-democracy banner and only have umbrellas to protect themselves. Someone in a nearby office block comments, "One country, two systems ..."
When the tear gas canisters were opened and the smoke billowed out, Hong Kong's demonstrators had only their umbrellas to protect themselves. They had been brought along because the heat of the sun was so severe at the height of the day. Ever since then images and designs of umbrellas have been posted as a mark of solidarity. The "umbrella revolution" has become a protest art phenomenon online. Along with a yellow ribbon, it has become an unofficial icon of Hong Kong's street protests. Read more >>
ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS
"One Country, Two Systems", also officially translated as "One China, Two Systems", is a constitutional principle formulated by Deng Xiaoping, the Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China (PRC), for the reunification of China during the early 1980s. He suggested that there would be only one China, but distinct Chinese regions such as Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan could retain their own capitalist economic and political systems, while the rest of China uses the socialist system. Under the principle, each of the three regions could continue to have its own political system, legal, economic and financial affairs, including external relations with foreign countries. Read more >>
Of course, the "One Country, Two Systems" comment is meant to be ironic. There are indeed two systems, but one involves peaceful democratic protest, and the other violent repression.