Thousands in Hong Kong protest China’s influence on new school curriculum
September 8, 2012
Protests in Hong Kong ahead of an election on Sunday are posing a major test for the city’s new leader as voter discontent fueled by anger over perceived meddling by Beijing threatens to shake up the political landscape.
This time round, Hong Kong’s legislature will have a more democratic flavor - it has been expanded from 60 to 70 seats, with just over half of them to be directly elected.
But the results are likely to reflect a recent upsurge in anti-China sentiment, which has been exacerbated by a plan for a school curriculum extolling the achievements of the Chinese Communist Party.
Thousands of people have demonstrated outside government headquarters for the past week demanding the school program be scrapped, forcing Leung Chun-ying to cancel what was to have been his first major international engagement as Hong Kong’s leader at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Russia.