This week there were two significant protests against the Chinese government, one in Beijing itself and one in Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, new members of the Legislative Council were sworn in to office, which includes the reading of a standard oath. Six members, all of whom were elected due to their activism during the Umbrella protests, in different ways protested the oath to be loyal to the Chinese central government. The day’s agenda then went out the window and the status of a few of these members is still in question. What will happen next in Hong Kong?
Meanwhile in Beijing, thousands of recently discharged soldiers gathered outside the Ministry of Defense to protest the lack of veterans benefits. This is significant in that the President is currently in the midst of radical military reforms, including the reduction of the army by 300,000 soldiers. Furthermore, the loyalty of the military is one of the key cornerstones of the regime’s stability, so it will be interesting to see what the reaction will be.