Will Beijing Send Military to Hong Kong?
Will Beijing Send Military to Hong Kong?
Hong Kong LegCo member shows worries
Protesters gather at Tamar Park near the office of Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Protesters gather at Tamar Park near the office of Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Protesters take over the outside of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's office on Oct. 3, 2014 in Hong Kong, calling for his resignation. Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council Gary Fan expressed worries that Hong Kong government may ask military assistance from Beijing to crackdown on protesters, according to Taiwan media Liberty Times Net. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Protesters take over the outside of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's office on Oct. 3, 2014 in Hong Kong, calling for his resignation. Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council Gary Fan expressed worries that Hong Kong government may ask military assistance from Beijing to crackdown on protesters, according to Taiwan media Liberty Times Net. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council Gary Fan wear black shirt printed with “Peaceful Occupy Central” to support the pro-democracy movement in central Hong Kong, on Sept. 30, 2014. Mr. Fan expressed worries that Hong Kong government may ask military assistance from Beijing to crackdown on protesters, according to Taiwan media Liberty Times Net. (Screenshot/Facebook of Gary Fan)

Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council Gary Fan wear black shirt printed with “Peaceful Occupy Central” to support the pro-democracy movement in central Hong Kong, on Sept. 30, 2014. Mr. Fan expressed worries that Hong Kong government may ask military assistance from Beijing to crackdown on protesters, according to Taiwan media Liberty Times Net. (Screenshot/Facebook of Gary Fan)

Pro-democracy student protesters confront police outside of the Chief Executive office in the government complex in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader offered Thursday to hold talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters, but said he will not accept their demand that he resign. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters that he has asked the territory's top civil servant to arrange talks with the protesters, who have been demanding electoral reforms. The massive street demonstrations are the biggest challenge to Beijing's authority in Hong Kong since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Pro-democracy student protesters confront police outside of the Chief Executive office in the government complex in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader offered Thursday to hold talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters, but said he will not accept their demand that he resign. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters that he has asked the territory's top civil servant to arrange talks with the protesters, who have been demanding electoral reforms. The massive street demonstrations are the biggest challenge to Beijing's authority in Hong Kong since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

A student protester gets emotional while pleading for a peaceful resolution as some others resist during a change of shift for local police but backed down after being reassured they could reoccupy the pavement outside the government compound’s gate, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by Thursday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A student protester gets emotional while pleading for a peaceful resolution as some others resist during a change of shift for local police but backed down after being reassured they could reoccupy the pavement outside the government compound’s gate, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by Thursday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A student protester raises his hands as a gesture of their non violent intentions as they resist during change of shift for local police but backed down after being reassured they could reoccupy the pavement outside the government compound’s gate, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by Thursday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A student protester raises his hands as a gesture of their non violent intentions as they resist during change of shift for local police but backed down after being reassured they could reoccupy the pavement outside the government compound’s gate, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy government buildings, as they have threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by Thursday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A Malaysian activist holds a placard and a candle during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to support pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

A Malaysian activist holds a placard and a candle during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to support pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

A protester raises placards that read

A protester raises placards that read "Occupy Central" (L) and "Civil disobedience" in front of riot policemen outside the government headquarter in Hong Kong Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Riot police on Saturday arrested scores of students who stormed the government headquarters compound in Hong Kong's Central district during a night of scuffles to protest China's refusal to allow genuine democratic reforms in the semiautonomous region. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Policemen set up metal barricades in efforts to keep pro-democracy protesters at bay in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Policemen set up metal barricades in efforts to keep pro-democracy protesters at bay in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

A protester holds placards in front of Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

A protester holds placards in front of Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

A protester stands outside the legislative government complex as the standoff continues on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

A protester stands outside the legislative government complex as the standoff continues on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Protester put post-it notes on a wall outside of Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Protester put post-it notes on a wall outside of Hong Kong Government Complex on Oct. 2, 2014, in Hong Kong. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

The mass pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong has reminded people in society and around the world of the student movement in Beijing in 1989 that ended with a bloody massacre at Tiananmen Square.

Many, like local politician Gary Fan, are wondering if Beijing will interfere by sending military support to help the Hong Kong government. Fan is a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and Sai Kung District Council in Hong Kong.

He told the Taiwan media Liberty Times Net on Wednesday that he worries the Hong Kong government will intentionally let tensions grow to the point that Beijing sends the military in.

Fan, who has actively supported and participated in the Occupy Central movement, indicated that the mass number of protesters has far exceeded people’s expectations by many times. The violent crackdown with tear gas and pepper spray launched by the Hong Kong government on September 28 played an important role in stoking public resentment and driving larger numbers of protesters out into the streets.

He said the reason that Occupy Central has grown so large is attributable to opposition to Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying (CY Leung). Fan believes that without his resignation, the protests will continue and teeter closer to the brink of danger.

If the protests do take a chaotic turn for the worse, the Hong Kong government would have an excuse to ask for military help from the Beijing central government and enforce the use of stricter laws, according to Fan.

Under Articles 14 and 18 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, the Hong Kong government can ask for assistance from the central government in certain situations. Under the same charters, Hong Kong’s special administrative region is sovereign unless they ask for intervention or if Beijing determines that events in Hong Kong “endangers national unity or security” and are beyond the control of the local government.

If the national law is enforced, Hong Kong would become one country one system, Fan said.

Student protesters have blocked the entrance of Leung’s office since early Thursday morning, and gave him a deadline to resign before midnight, threatening to occupy the government building if he didn’t. Just minutes before the midnight deadline set by protesters, Leung gave a statement at a press conference, saying that he would offer a talk with protesters on electoral reforms that are under preparation. Before midnight Leung simply said, “I will not resign.”

Protesters outside of Leung’s office have reported witnessing police bringing in supplies of rubber bullets, guns, tear gas, pepper spray, and shields. Police warned the protesters that if they try to surround or occupy government buildings, it will lead to severe consequences.

In mainland China, the authorities have not only blocked Hong Kong protest information from the media and the Internet, but have also used Communist party publications to put out reports that defame Hong Kong protesters, calling Occupy Central “an illegal activity” and describing the protesters as engaging in “riots.” The actions of the protesters have been peaceful on the whole.

The word “riots” was also used by a publication known for its ties to the Communist party to describe the 1989 student protesters, when their movement was dubbed a “counterrevolutionary riot.” To this day, the People’s Daily still keeps the description of the June 4 movement on its website as, “a planned conspiracy and a turmoil whose essence is to fundamentally deny the party’s leadership, and to deny the socialist system.”

Mike Chinoy, a former senior Asia correspondent for CNN, who reported the June 4 movement in 1989 in Beijing, posted on Twitter on Wednesday

In reality, the protesters in Hong Kong have been called “the most polite” among the international community because of their impressively mild and orderly manner, well organized protest activities, and attention to keeping the streets clean. Even when they’ve encountered tear gas and pepper spray from the police, their tools of self-defense were simply umbrellas and masks. The action earned the movement the name of the “Umbrella Revolution.”

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