Wednesday will mark the anniversary of the Communist Party’s foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Festivities are scheduled to take place, but thousands of protesters continue to gather in Hong Kong. The city is seeing its largest demonstration since Hong Kong was handed back to China by the British in 1997.
Protesters, mostly made up of students, are calling for a full democracy. According to that was made when Hong Kong became a part of China again, residents were supposed to haev the right to freely elect their leader for the first time in 2017. Protesters are not backing down. Reports predict that protests will increase in size during their National Day events.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive C.Y. Leung said in a statement, “When a problem arises in Hong Kong, our police force should be able to solve it. We don’t need to ask to deploy the PLA.” Leung has urged urged pro-democracy protesters to “immediately” stop their campaign.