Why so violent?

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My personal opinion is that Violence in protests is wrong, people should not be subjected to violence unless it is absolutely necessary and a last resort, not (as we have recently seen in the news) to shoot and injure someone protesting for their freedom.

The problem that China has caused by shooting a protester at point Blanc range is that it will not make Hong Kong surrender, if anything it will cause more frequent and more violent protests to spark up. China have possibly just made the situation worse in the fact that by them bringing more lethal weapons into the battle that might inspire Hong Kong to also use lethal weapons to fight back to China, therefore making the situation worse by possible causing a full blown war between Hong Kong and china, which would not end well for Hong Kong, since China has one of the biggest armies in the world.

As much as people think that violence is effective it is most certainly not. In fact fighting violence with violence is like fighting fire with fire, you are just going to create more fire. Instead of being violent the people of Hong Kong could hold peaceful protests, which would possible convince China that Hong Kong is not willing to start a war but instead agree on living terms. As well as the fact that china could just take over Hong Kong there and then they could also possible agree on terms with their now peaceful former adversaries.

Thank you for reading this post and I hoped you enjoyed it and were inspired by it.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    10 Oct 2019

    Thanks for your post. Well done for taking the thinking question and looking more specifically at the situation in Hong Kong. I have given you a star for your use of the reasoning skill.
    I would like other students to flex their scpeticism skill. Can anyone give some reasons why they are sceptical about violence not working? Are there any examples where it has worked in protest? Is a peaceful protest really a viable option? Some examples here would be useful too!

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  • The Sherwood School positive_juniper | The Sherwood School
    10 Oct 2019

    well done keep it up .i agree with your opinion from the sherwood fam

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  • The Sherwood School lovely_instrument | The Sherwood School
    10 Oct 2019

    This post makes sense , but i feel like violence may have been necessary in this context as you have mentioned . it must be necessary and this is .

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    1. Acland Burghley School selfreliant_crab | Acland Burghley School
      lovely_instrument's comment 16 Oct 2019

      I believe that there is always an answer around violence. As serious as the Hong Kong issue is I don't believe it is necessary. People should only use violence as a last resort and in this case it is not.

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  • The Sherwood School buzzing_desert | The Sherwood School
    10 Oct 2019

    I agree i think it is really wrong apparently 2000 people suffer a day because of this protest is not supposed to be violent

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg admirable_signature | Phoenix Primary School
    10 Oct 2019

    I personally in a way Understand however i also don't.I understand that Protesters are deeply angry and frustrated as for China are taking away their human rights and I would also be very angry too because Human rights and Freedom should be a part of everyones life no matter what they have done we are all people and humans,Hong kong are being sceptical to its followers and taking away things like their Masks and what started this whole thing,if you need to trial you will have to journey to china to take that trial which I would be Highly Deeply ENOURMOUSLY sceptical about,Why would you even need to trial to China to take this trial,I believe it is because Hong kong dosent want it in its part since it could cause violence.Despite that,Violence is never the answer violence could harm anyone,anything at any-time,Many violent protests have worked before like:[i have found my information at the link provided]https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5a4c1fc821524f218a7438944c151af8 People find Violence [when winning] Victorious getting their hopes us with could lead them and others to raid further more and more dangerously.A large amount of people found violence to enforce safety, maintain territory and advance stability. When Hong Kong announced the mask ban,Thousands of people turned out in heavy rain across Hong Kong on Sunday to denounce a ban on face masks, brought in under sweeping colonial-era emergency powers in the city government’s latest attempt to stem a four-month-old protest movement.Although many think violent protests are best,some minds think different [also using the link i provided earlier] I found out:Peaceful protests are often more organized because the people participating have a calmer approach to change than their violent counterparts and also Peaceful protests have a low-risk factor,what in any way is good, and finally Peaceful protests are often more organized because the people participating have a calmer approach to change than their violent counterparts.If I personally had to pick between a Peaceful protest or a violent protest i would pick Peaceful,It has more advantages and will cause less violence in the world,It could also help Freedom and Human rights,People can finally speak up for themselves and share their opinions.In the end I still dont understand why people do violent protests,for their Pleasure?For Karma?I will never understand..it will never bring good to Humanity..never....

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      admirable_signature's comment 11 Oct 2019

      You're clearly thinking deeply about this admirable_signature and have done some research to inform your view. In future, try to shorten your sentences and even use paragraphs to help people follow your writing easier.

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    2. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
      admirable_signature's comment 19 Oct 2019

      Today, however, given how long and how recklessly disruptive and violent these protests have become, it is clear that the escalation was planned as a way to use the momentum from the earlier demonstrations to open a new front in a fight not against the ill-conceived bill but for broader democratic freedoms – in a moment favorable for the protesters, as a confluence of political factors pushed Beijing against the wall, greatly limiting its maneuvering space.As I mentioned, I found the rapid escalation from generally peaceful protests to riots and trashing of the LegCo rather surprising and reckless, especially since the government appeared to be backing down – and the Extradition Bill was declared dead.

      However, observing the events in the subsequent few weeks, it’s become clear that protesters were emboldened by the apparent withdrawal by the authorities and now attempt to force Beijing’s hand to get more than they had originally bargained for.As a result, Chinese leadership is walking the tightrope. The economy is taking a hit from American tariffs and the party needs to rally public support in preparation for tougher economic conditions ahead. And while Hongkongers might not exactly find a lot of cheerleaders on the mainland – especially with the information blackout – mishandling the matters in the wealthy enclave could undermine Xi Jinping himself. A tough crackdown by Beijing would hurt its interests abroad, what could, at best, leave China even more stranded as it is looking for support against the US or, at worst, lead to more restrictions or even sanctions from Western countries, further weakening the economy, eroding domestic support for the Communist party.

      At the same time, however, doing nothing makes the leaders look weak. “How is it that the powerful CCP can’t control just one, relatively small, city?” – some may ask. For similar reasons they can’t give in to the demands because not only would it make them appear toothless but could potentially inspire ambitious opponents to their rule on the mainland itself.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        willing_saxophone's comment 21 Oct 2019

        Thank you for this comment, willing_saxophone. You've looked at both sides of the argument.Could you show us where you found your information - for example on the 'trashing' of the Legislative Council?

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    3. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
      admirable_signature's comment 19 Oct 2019

      Hong Kong is too violent, Do you guys agree with me?

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      1. Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg intelligent_tornado | Weston Favell Academy
        willing_saxophone's comment 21 Oct 2019

        I disagree as they were peacefully but China was violent as Positive_Potato said “Fighting fire with fire is just going to make more fire” and that has happened. China is using tear gas and rubber bullets, the protesters start carrying shields, and if China started using lethal methods of clearing protests, so are the protesters and its just going to go up and up till someone intervenes or one eradicates the other.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_ant | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    10 Oct 2019

    I definitely agree with you here! The violence is to much. I think that if they are more peaceful when they protest they will be heard. Mainly because I think that violence isn't getting them anywhere! I personally think that violence shall only come into the picture of people are actually killing people and stuff. China have broken a promise and are not being loyal! They are supposed to be supporting Hong Kong but they aren't. I believe thatChina should just go silent for a bit and figure things out because they probably haven't thought about what they are doing. I don't think they understand that they are ruining peoples life's! Anyway you made a good point there, positive potato! Well done.

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    1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg amicable_antelope | Phoenix Primary School
      spirited_ant's comment 11 Oct 2019

      I disagree with you as Hong Kong citizens have to be confident abou what they do.Also you said only peacefully protesting will make them be heard.However,if they protest violently people will be more aware of their passion to get what they want.

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      1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
        amicable_antelope's comment 19 Oct 2019

        Agree with you because alot have been killed

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      2. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_ant | The Ruth Gorse Academy
        amicable_antelope's comment 21 Oct 2019

        You do have a good point but I think that violence should only come into the picture if people are getting killed or stuff. However, you do have a fair point!

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  • Hammond School logo outstanding_turkey | Hammond Junior School E
    10 Oct 2019

    I agree it is wrong and is getting violent .

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    10 Oct 2019

    I agree with positive_potato this protest has had a lot of violence and it is brutal.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg original_significance | Upton Cross Primary School A
    10 Oct 2019

    I agree with you (positive_potato) because they are putting other peoples lives in danger and I know that tear gas can burn peoples throats if they don't have the mask. You could also get cancer. Even though tear gas is dangerous, it can help split up the people.

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  • Newbury-Park-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_sheep | Newbury Park Primary School
    11 Oct 2019

    I agree because I too don't understand why they need to be aggressive.
    Also, Well Done!

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  • Newbury-Park-logo-250x250.jpg tidy_guineapig | Newbury Park Primary School
    11 Oct 2019

    I agree with you because china is a big country and sometimes you can get into serious issues and protests.
    Also, Well Done!

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg selfreliant_chemistry | Morley Newlands Academy
    11 Oct 2019

    i think they should stop being so violent becos it is not nice

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg shining_piano | Morley Newlands Academy
    11 Oct 2019

    I agree because China is putting millions of peoples life's in danger and Hong Kong have no choice but to fight and protect there country. BTW good post it really gets your mind going!

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    1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg amicable_antelope | Phoenix Primary School
      shining_piano's comment 11 Oct 2019

      I also agree with you as Hong Kong should and are thought to always be able to fight for what they believe in until 2047.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg secure_clam | Morley Newlands Academy
    11 Oct 2019

    it is villent because they don t like the promis eny more

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg wondrous_honeydew | Morley Newlands Academy
    11 Oct 2019

    I think that it is realy bad and should stop violence from all around and I agree to stop violence.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg smart_cloud | Morley Newlands Academy
    11 Oct 2019

    I don't think they should follow their rules because it will only make it harder for them because they are enemies right now so china will treat their people correctly but treat the hong kong citizens incorrectly and then they will possibly end up in prison for going against what the goverment says and it will make it harder for us [ britan ] because they will possibly keep them there because if they agree then they will not let them decide in 2047.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_king | Morley Newlands Academy
    11 Oct 2019

    help split up the people?
    we shouldn't get involved because China have a very powerful army.

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  • Willowtown-logo-250x250.jpg proactive_king | Willowtown Community Primary School
    11 Oct 2019

    why are hong kong so vilante

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg amicable_antelope | Phoenix Primary School
    11 Oct 2019

    In my opinion Hong Kong should have their rights an own their own country.However,there are limits to what they can do.Even though Hong Kong are so violent,the Chinese armay could come in and stop everything by also being violent.This also links on to other posts,which are very good,and I can explain how.Hong Kong should speak up about what they want and their needs.Personally,Hong Kong should protest violently to get out their feelings and justify why they are being violent and hurting police to get what they want.Because of this citizens should try to have open minds to listen to people:such as politicians and the goverment.It is very important to listen to others viewpoints.They also should question economics to find the truth[known as scepticism].Also reasoning their own viewpoints instead of being violent first.They should realize that their is a high produce factor of sentences to jail.

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_eagle | Phoenix Primary School
    13 Oct 2019

    The 2019 Hong Kong protests, also known as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill (ELAB) Movement, are an ongoing series of demonstrations in Hong Kong which began with the aim to oppose the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill proposed by the Hong Kong government.[24][25] If enacted, the bill would allow local authorities to detain and extradite criminal fugitives who are wanted in territories with which Hong Kong does not currently have extradition agreements, including Taiwan and mainland China.[26] People were concerned that the bill would subject Hong Kong residents and visitors to the mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and its civil liberties.[27][28][29][30] As the protests progressed, the protesters laid out five key demands, which include investigation into the alleged police misconduct and resumption of democratic reforms which are promised in the Basic Law but have stagnated since the 2014 Umbrella Revolution.[24][31] The Chinese central government has described the protests as "the worst crisis in Hong Kong" since the Demonstrations against the bill began in March and April and turned into continuing mass movements in June.[33][34] 9 June saw the first ever use of artificial intelligence in measuring protesting crowds in the history of Hong Kong and 517,478 people[35] were identified as they marched for the withdrawal of the bill.[36][37][38] A day later, Chief Executive Carrie Lam vowed to push ahead with the extradition bill despite huge protest.[39][40][41][42] On 12 June, the day on which the bill was scheduled for a second reading in the Legislative Council, the protests showed a sharp escalation in violence. Riot police deployed tear gas and rubber bullets, but protesters successfully stalled the functioning of the legislature.[43] An even bigger march took place on 16 Jun, just one day after the suspension of the bill, as protesters shifted the focus into the alleged excessive use of force by the police on 12 June. A scholar on-field gave an independent estimate of 500,000 to 800,000[44][45], while the organisers claimed that two million people participated and the police reported that 338,000 people marched at its peak.[46][47][48][49]

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      appreciative_eagle's comment 14 Oct 2019

      Please write in your own words, appreciative_eagle. If you use sources of information, read it first and then tell us about what you have learnt, adding a link to where you found your information.

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      1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_eagle | Phoenix Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 14 Oct 2019

        i disagree with you because i put this in my own words

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg precious_agency | Weston Favell Academy
    14 Oct 2019

    I agree as people should not have to face violence also Hong Kong are very aggressive. Also is there any part of you that agrees with the opposite side?

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg magical_weaver | Weston Favell Academy
    14 Oct 2019

    This post is very helpful and it is full of detail and information. I agree with this post. I don’t think people should suffer from violence. Also is there anything that you agree with in the other sides argument? Who do you think may be able to change your mind?

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
    14 Oct 2019

    I believe that protests should never be violent because it distracts from the point you are trying to get across. For example, when the protests became violent for climate change , many people began to become angry with the protesters instead of listening to the message. This shows that protests should not be violent because it makes people against the idea as they are annoyed about the disruption and violence. Also, I believe that protests should not be violent because it causes disruption to daily lives. For example, with the extinction rebellion protests and how they are blocking Trafalgar Square. People are becoming infuriated with how they are causing issues in their lives and making people late to work. Now, although this isn’t violence, it is having the same effect as violence by causing people harm either physically or mentally. This shows that there should not be violent protests because it is causing people pain that can not effect how the country is run.
    In conclusion, I believe that we should not have violent protests because it harms people who can not have a say in the running of the country and it distracts from the issue.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      honorable_conclusion's comment 14 Oct 2019

      So do you support the kind of protest that is not violent, but still causes disruption?

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_eagle | Phoenix Primary School
    14 Oct 2019

    it is bad to protest violent because if they protest peacefully then they would hear them properly however if thy protest violently the they won't be able to tell the protesters what they are going to do in the future

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  • Braiswick Primary School educated_heart | Braiswick Primary School
    15 Oct 2019

    Positive_potato when you said that 'fighting violence with violence is like fighting fire with fire' I agree with you because if person A will hurt person B, person B could hurt person A or any other person it could get to a serious throuble or even a war.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg elated_currency | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    16 Oct 2019

    i hate it when people protest violently and i also think its very wrong protesting is ment to help not destroy

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg beloved_chocolate | Graveney School
    16 Oct 2019

    People say that if you are using violence to fight bad, then it must be good. People are protesting in Hong Kong, some violently, which is only causing some innocent protestors and other non-innocent protestors to be harmed by police and other people. I agree that change must happen in Hong Kong, because the way that China runs its country, if that was inflicted on Hong Kong, this could be disastrous for the trade relations, people, and just general politics of the city; Hong Kong has been run in a democratic way for years and their trade and politics are based on this. Drastic change could be very negative because it would change all the political and economic relationships because the political views of the leaders would be different, gaining them different allies. However, I do not think that they should fight this with violent. Striking and protesting peacefully could have a very positive impact and change minds, but fighting violence with violence is going to cause the Chinese government to see the protestors in an even worse light, and make them less disposed to helping and changing the system. Also, it is just going harm other people, and will not make a difference because China is so much more powerful and could easily quell any violent protests. By protesting peacefully, it shows that people have power by striking and blocking roads and making a rebellion, without fighting. It's not good to fight violence with violence - it harms people and ruins peoples lives. If you're fighting bad violence, with violence, are you really good, just for fighting the bad?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      beloved_chocolate's comment 16 Oct 2019

      A well-reasoned case for why peaceful protest would be more effective than violence, beloved_chocolate!

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  • Beckers Green Primary School coherent_meteor | Beckers Green Primary School
    17 Oct 2019

    In conclusion, I think that its not their fault just because China is getting involved with everything that Hong Kong do and the protests are getting worse because China is making their life terrible.

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  • Hammond School logo practical_message | Hammond Junior School E
    17 Oct 2019

    I agree because they should stop violence and they should protest by just doing it peacefully with no violence

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg amicable_attention | Morley Newlands Academy
    18 Oct 2019

    It is wrong because 2000 people are getting hurt.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg confident_dog | Morley Newlands Academy
    18 Oct 2019

    I agree because they should stop the violence and should protest by not using violence

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg astounding_effort | Phoenix Primary School
    18 Oct 2019

    I personally in a way Understand however i also don't.I understand that Protesters are deeply angry and frustrated as for China are taking away their human rights and I would also be very angry too because Human rights and Freedom should be a part of everyones life no matter what they have done we are all people and humans,Hong kong are being sceptical to its followers and taking away things like their Masks and what started this whole thing,if you need to trial you will have to journey to china to take that trial which I would be Highly Deeply ENOURMOUSLY sceptical about,Why would you even need to trial to China to take this trial,I believe it is because Hong kong dosent want it in its part since it could cause violence.Despite that,Violence is never the answer violence could harm anyone,anything at any-time,Many violent protests have worked before like:[i have found my information at the link provided]https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5a4c1fc821524f218a7438944c151af8 People find Violence [when winning] Victorious getting their hopes us with could lead them and others to raid further more and more dangerously.A large amount of people found violence to enforce safety, maintain territory and advance stability. When Hong Kong announced the mask ban,Thousands of people turned out in heavy rain across Hong Kong on Sunday to denounce a ban on face masks, brought in under sweeping colonial-era emergency powers in the city government’s latest attempt to stem a four-month-old protest movement.Although many think violent protests are best,some minds think different [also using the link i provided earlier] I found out:Peaceful protests are often more organized because the people participating have a calmer approach to change than their violent counterparts and also Peaceful protests have a low-risk factor,what in any way is good, and finally Peaceful protests are often more organized because the people participating have a calmer approach to change than their violent counterparts.If I personally had to pick between a Peaceful protest or a violent protest i would pick Peaceful,It has more advantages and will cause less violence in the world,It could also help Freedom and Human rights,People can finally speak up for themselves and share their opinions.In the end I still dont understand why people do violent protests,for their Pleasure?For Karma?I will never understand..it will never bring good to Humanity..never....

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  • Hammond School logo jolly_seahorse | Hammond Junior School A
    18 Oct 2019

    I think that China is being to violent and it is not okay

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_moon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    19 Oct 2019

    I personally understand because this situation is a big deal. Well I understand why Hong Kong is angry because China have taken away human rights but why is China being violent?

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg freespirited_artist | Weston Favell Academy
    21 Oct 2019

    I don't think we needs to be violent when we are protesting because then it means you are committing a crime. Committing a crime is a bad thing to do and will cause more crime to happen. I think we should just protest as it is showing we are using our human rights - freedom of speech.
    If we continue to commit crimes it will only escalate and create more crimes and damage. If we just try and talk about it, it could reduce the crime.

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg magical_weaver | Weston Favell Academy
    21 Oct 2019

    I agree with you. People should not be suffering and people need to stop being violent. What is your strongest reason and why?

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg empowered_fossil | Phoenix Primary School
    23 Oct 2019

    I agree becouse I think they need to stop fighting . But fighting is not always bad

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School thoughtful_raccoon | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    24 Oct 2019

    i really like how much detail you put into this peace of work and how information you put in it.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School sociable_song | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    24 Oct 2019

    I agree with you this is been pushed to far ,many people have been severely injured and some even died . In my opinion you should not be hit by rubber bullets or getting injured for fighting for your human rights .

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      sociable_song's comment 31 Oct 2019

      Well done for speaking up, sociable_song!

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School sociable_song | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    24 Oct 2019

    I agree with you this is been pushed to far ,many people have been severely injured and some even died . In my opinion you should not be hit by rubber bullets or getting injured for fighting for your human rights .

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  • Hammond School logo reasoning_whale | Hammond Junior School B
    25 Oct 2019

    i agree with your post sociable_song

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    28 Oct 2019

    The first time I saw the Hong Kong protest was the one that drew a reported 2 million people in one march, which, if it’s true, then that’s over a 1/4 of HK’s population. Nevertheless, we can still see it was not your average size march (this was definitely not small). So witnessing it all, I felt a huge admiration for their unity and their ability to keep it so peaceful especially on scale like this. I think that alone won the hearts and minds of many people all over the world. The HK crisis got a lot of international attention and highlighted China’s brutal, oppressive regime without any need for violence or vandalism. And so, my heart sank when I first saw the first glimpse of protestors breaking into the government’s building and I did think it was a terrible move. Not only did I feel it tarnished the movement, but I feared it would make it easier for China or even the world’s media to discredit Hong Kong protestors as uncivilised even though it’s really only a minority few. And to muddy the waters even further, we are witnessing brutal aggression from the police themselves and this has sparked even more violence and clashes from both sides of the battle.

    And similarly, I have learnt that, further back in history, violent actions were also used by a militant group of Suffragettes. They believe that ‘ deeds, not words’ would convince the government to give women the vote. They took to such radicle actions after decades of peaceful marches made by the Suffragists but had gotten nowhere. Although the civil disobedience always got them lots of media attention, and kept the pressure on within the government, it also served them negative media backlash. This was because many men who wrote the articles were also against votes for women so it was much easier to dismiss them as mentally unstable or hysterical by their actions. So it’s a terrible risk to any movement if you resort to violence on a protest because it will distract from the core message, alienate your allies and possibly risk being slander.

    Having said that, I’m not without sympathy with regards to the HK protestors. Their use of extreme tactics is possibly an act of desperation and many of them do know they are risking their own life in order to fight for what they believe in, and some even carry a will just in case they die through violent clashes. I can understand their fear of living under such an oppressive regime is enough to propel them into action and to continue to do so even if they risk getting hurt. Would the suffragettes have been successful in getting the vote if it wasn’t for their violent tactics or would it be decades later? We also see some radical actions from Extinction Rebellion too. Is this because, they too, are also driven to desperation after decades of campaigning and yet governments still take the business as usual approach? Perhaps, we really have passed that critical point with Climate Change and now, for them, it’s about forcing the government to take the real serious action that is needed. I feel the protest is no longer about gathering support hence why they go to such extremes lengths to be heard. Don’t get me wrong, I still uphold the view that a peaceful protest is still the best way to go but I also understand how difficult it must be to see that logic if you were a desperate Hong Kong citizen on the brink of losing the most basic of all human rights and that is their freedom.


    https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/oct/15/hong-kong-the-story-of-one-protester-podcast

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      creative_sparrow's comment 29 Oct 2019

      Thanks for writing such an informative comment that other members of the BNC can learn from. By drawing on the examples of extinction rebellion and the suffragettes you have helped to make your argument stronger. Your open-mindedness to see the protests from more than one point of view is very helpful, as readers can see the protests from multiple perspectives. Well done!

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  • Ravenscroft-logo-250x250.jpg super_petal | Ravenscroft Primary School
    13 Nov 2019

    Well done I agree enormously they
    Should not have started violence !

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