It's been a dark and turbulent couple of months for Hong Kong as the city has been rocked by pro-democracy protests.
And the last 10 weeks, in particular, have seen increasingly violent clashes between protesters and police - airports were forced to suspend hundreds of flights as a result of these protests.
As protesters in Hong Kong remain unwavering and defiant in their beliefs, tensions are beginning to run high across the rest of mid-land China - so high, in fact, that the Chinese military seems to be preparing for the very worst.
Support has flooded from all parts of the world, however, and one young boy in LA has shown his support in the most imaginative and effective way...
Let me give you a little bit of context...
via: GettyHong Kong is unique from any other Chinese city. It was originally a British Colony until the Chinese handover of 1997. Though it became a part of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong was able to keep its own unique legal system, currency, and borders to separate it from the rest of the country.
One country, two systems.In the late 20th century, 3 Chinese territories remained beyond the control of the Chinese Communist Party, with Hong Kong being one of them. It was acknowledged that, by imposing China’s political system on 2 colonies, panic and economic mayhem could be caused. Therefore, “one country, two systems" would allow the territories to remain much as they were while keeping their independent legal systems and police forces.
This arrangement is to last for fifty years.
via: GettyUntil the year 2047, that is. However, throughout the last few years, democracy activists have been growing steadily more and more frustrated and worried about what will happen when the fifty years are up.
Tensions had already boiled over back in 2014.
via: GettyAll of the frustration and fret led to the so-called "Umbrella Movement of 2014," a series of protests and sit-ins aimed at securing a promise of genuine democracy.
The Umbrella Movement was the largest social movement in Hong Kong's history.
via: GettyIn response to the originally peaceful protests, police resorted to tear gas and pepper-spray to combat protestors. The Umbrella Movement quickly turned ugly.
In response to this movement, the central authorities stood by their “one country" side of the deal.
via: GettyIn the years following the movement, several legislators were acquitted for disrespecting China. They went on to change Hong Kong’s constitution to require the passage of a law that would punish people for insulting the national anthem, mirroring a law that China passed in 2017.
But, years on, Hong Kongers are protesting again.
via: GettyThis year's protests were initially focused on a bill that will make it possible to extradite people from Hong Kong to China, where the Communist Party controls the courts.
Many Hong Kongers fear this bill.
via: GettyAnd some believe that the law would be used by authorities to target political enemies and, more importantly, that it would signify the end of the “one country, two systems" policy.
Though the bill has now been suspended, the protestors are still demanding action.
via: GettyHong Kongers want the complete withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill, unconditional release of arrested protesters, charges against them dropped, and an independent inquiry into the police's violent behavior.
The protests have grown to terrifying new levels.
via: GettyNumerous reports of shocking violence from both the protestors and the police were coming in thick and fast over the last few months.
And it wasn't long before Hong Kong Airport was targeted.
via: GettyDemonstrators arrived at Hong Kong Airport and initiated a peaceful sit-in. They initially staged a mass sit-down, and simply handed out pamphlets about the issue to visitors. However, the peace didn't last long.
Things began to turn violent.
via: Getty3 days into the sit-in and in response to the police brutality experienced over the weekend, protestors changed their tactics.
They brought the airport to a standstill.
More protesters started to gather in Terminal 2. They blocked the departure way with multiple trolleys, and chanted… https://t.co/0SS0mUfK3H— Athena (@Athena)1565686434.0
Hundreds of flights were subsequently grounded.By mid-afternoon, demonstrators had started blocking passengers from checking in and moving through the departures area, prompting the airport authority to suddenly cancel the hundreds of flights coming and going from the airport, which is one of the busiest in the world.
Things turned even uglier as the day progressed.
Fu Guohao, reporter of GT website is being seized by demonstrators at HK airport. I affirm this man being tied in t… https://t.co/UVxGMnK3jd— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@Hu Xijin 胡锡进)1565713383.0
Scenes at the airport became chaotic.
Protesters use lasers and luggage carts in an attempt to block riot police at Hong Kong airport, @PHancocksCNN repo… https://t.co/9KkGUQAYld— CNN International (@CNN International)1565710886.0
This chaos went on for days.
via: GettyThe demonstrations brought flights to a halt for 2 consecutive days, subsequently stranding thousands of visitors trying to enter and leave the city. After last night's chaos, the airport has now resumed most of its flights and is now working on getting the thousands of stranded passengers onto replacement flights.
Though the protestors have now issued an apology to those who were left stranded at the airport.
Netizens on @lihkgofficial apologise for the inconvenience they caused yesterday at the Hong Kong airport. Chaos er… https://t.co/y5AjCKQMB0— Ezra Cheung (@Ezra Cheung)1565755697.0
Yet, despite their apology...
via: GettyThe crisis is far from over. Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam said a few weeks later that the city had been placed on a “path of no return" after 10 weeks of the disruptive and violent protests.
Tensions are well and truly at breaking point.
via: GettyAnd now with this new footage that has gone viral, we can see the extent to which protesters are going to, in order to make their point heard.
A video of a protester fly-kicking a police officer made global headlines.
via: TwitterDressed as something closely resembling a ninja, the protester appeared on the scene as another one of his fellow squad members was being tormented by an officer with a baton and shield.
The authorities are taking these protesters seriously.
Meanwhile in #HongKong this dramatic video just started making the rounds. Just wait for it...a flying kick. Appare… https://t.co/J9rCtMGVtJ— Ramy Inocencio 英若明 (@Ramy Inocencio 英若明)1570953871.0
But it isn't as simple as that...
via: Getty ImagesA peaceful resolution is almost impossible in today's climate, and with many countries being stuck in the middle of China's and Hong Kong's conflict, feathers are bound to be ruffled.
The NBA became involved...
via: Getty ImagesThe NBA found itself caught between two cultures after a tweet about the Hong Kong protests sparked criticism from China, which threatens the U.S. basketball league’s expansion efforts in its most important international market.
The damage was done between China and the U.S...
via: Getty ImagesThe controversy erupted after Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, one of the most popular U.S. basketball teams in China, appeared to support Hong Kong demonstrators in a tweet that has since been deleted.
The fallout was swift following Morey’s tweet, which contained an image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong."
via: Getty ImagesFor the Chinese, the incident is seen as the latest example of a Western organization challenging the nation’s sovereignty over its territory.
His tweet changed everything.
via: Getty ImagesMorey has since apologized for the now-deleted tweet, but China has backtracked from its relationship with the league regardless.
Morey appeared to have support from other NBA members...
via: Getty ImagesMorey's tweet caused a reaction by LeBron James, who called the GM's tweet "misinformed." James, of course, was in the Staples Center during Tuesday's game between the Lakers and Clippers, so the topic was relevant.
James wasn't the only one with a strong opinion at the Staples Center on Tuesday...
via: Getty ImagesA young boy was filmed on the Dance Cam segment on Tuesday and he was, at first, filmed holding 2 separate shirts. In front was a red Clippers shirt, but beneath that was a black shirt with yellow text that reads Morey's phrase: "Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong."
The young boy was victorious.
😷 Meanwhile, kid totally fakes out cameraman to flash Fight for Freedom, Stand With Hong Kong tee on TV. Camera qui… https://t.co/TnrhpLOKAd— Ray Kwong (@Ray Kwong)1571809633.0
There was already a protest underway...
via: Getty ImagesBefore the game started, Hong Kong supporters were demonstrating with a protest just outside the Staples center handing out the T-shirts for free, which is where Matan more than likely got the shirt.
This demonstrates the world-wide support that Hong Kong is receiving...
via: Getty ImagesEven young children are aware of the current problem, and this hopefully, means that more and more are jumping on board to support Hong Kong during this difficult time.