onsdag 2. oktober 2019

Hong Kong protesters set out to spoil China's big day. They succeeded

You could not have asked for a more striking contrast between Hong Kong and Beijing.
As thousands of performers took part in a stunning, highly coordinated display in Tiananmen Square -- half ultra-patriotic Olympics opening ceremony, half Chinese New Year's gala -- Hong Kong was in chaos, with fires set, subway stations and government buildings vandalized, and protesters clashing with police and residents across multiple districts.  Chinese President Xi Jinping held the world's attention Tuesday morning with a grand military parade through the capital to mark 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic. But by the time festivities resumed in the evening, all eyes were on Hong Kong, which has emerged as one of the largest thorns in Xi's side.