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21st Century fight for Democracy?

Most notably spoken by President Lincoln, the phrase “Government of the people, by the people, for the people” has played a substantial role in America history, appealing to a war torn country that was in desperate need of healing. The idea of government of the people, by the people, for the people has generally become what most of us think of when we consider democracy.

Over 8,000 miles away, across the vast Pacific a cry for democracy echoes all around the world wide as young, Chinese protestors chant, “Stay Down Xi Jinping” in the streets of Hong Kong. Images and videos of thick clouds of ghostly tear gas engulfing young protestors and streets packed to the brim with protestors recently leaked into social media. Almost like a scene from a movie the cry for help from one Chinese girl, “I ask all of you all over the world to please help us. You were born with democracy choices, you have free election rights, but WE don’t. Please help us.”

The Chinese government, however, was quick to place bans on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and most recently Instagram. A movement primarily sparked by the youth of China attempts to achieve democracy through peaceful demonstrations while striving to push for implementation of true democratic ideals, such as political elections.

The Associated Press (AP Photo Wally Santana)

The Associated Press (AP Photo Wally Santana)

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 by Karl Green

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