Target: President of China, Xi Jinping
Goal: Guarantee a fair and impartial election in Hong Kong and grant citizens the right to protest
News stations are buzzing about the latest demonstrations that are taking place in the business center of Hong Kong where protesters, most of whom are university students, are demanding for a democratic and fair election in 2017. The Chinese government has stated that only a Beijing- approved official could take up the position of Chief Executive of Hong Kong, violating a pledge instituted in 1997. Furthermore, the government has stated that all protests are illegal, and all protesters are considered criminals. This injustice has to stop. Demand the Chinese government give its people their democratic rights to elect whoever they choose into office, and allow them to express their ideals through peaceful protest.
On September 29, 2014 the business district of Hong Kong was flooded with young protesters who demanded for the current Chief Executive of Executive Council of Hong Kong to resign. These protesters are university students who have boycotted class to protest the injustice that exists in their government system. A treaty signed by Britain in 1997 handed over Hong Kong to the Chinese with the condition that Hong Kong operate with a “high degree of autonomy.” With elections coming up in 2017 for the position of Chief Executive, Beijing announced that it would only allow those who were approved by the Communist government to take the position. This decision has angered many who live in Hong Kong and care about their democratic freedoms.
Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials have called the protests illegal. At least 89 people have been arrested for disorderly conduct, trespassing onto government premises, and obstructing or assaulting the police. At the moment, the protests have been largely peaceful, but police have been seen using tear gas on the protesters. This inhumane treatment must stop. The Chinese and Hong Kong government should listen to the demands and wants of their people. All human beings should have the right to freedom of expression and have a say in how their government is being run.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
A massive protest has taken place in Hong Kong where young demonstrators are demanding for C.Y. Leung’s resignation. The people are angered by your government’s decision to place a communist official as the head of Hong Kong. As part of the agreement for acquiring Hong Kong, China would allow Hong Kong a “high degree of autonomy,” which you are not giving to your citizens. In fact, you are oppressing the people by making such protests illegal.
I am writing to tell you to stop this injustice. What the police and government are doing is making more people angry. These young people have grown up learning about their democratic freedoms, and do not want these freedoms to be taken away. As the president of China, it is your duty to listen to the people. Allow citizens to protest and elect their government officials.
[Your Name Here]
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