MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) – There is a considerable impact of Western media on the situation in Hong Kong, where protests have erupted on September 26, similar to the biased coverage of the Maidan protests in Kiev, experts polled by RIA Novosti said.
“It is being covered [the riots in Hong Kong], including in the media, in the same way as the events in Kiev. You can talk about biased coverage [by the American media], which still largely shapes the world’s public opinion," leading research fellow at the Institute of World Economics and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Salitsky said.
"The news subject itself is largely formed in the United States. And the American estimates often set the tone for many other countries,” Salitsky added.
The Director of the Center for East Asian and Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) Alexander Lukin shared Salitsky’s opinion, but stressed the internal character of the Hong Kong conflict.
“This is purely an internal conflict that has long been developed… Someone has covered it in the West in favor of the protesters, but, in principle, this is a very old conflict, which began in the late colonial period, when England planned to transfer Hong Kong to China,” Lukin said.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN HONG KONG
Thousands of people have gathered on the streets of Hong Kong to take part in the Occupy Central with Love and Peace protests that began on September 26. The demonstrators are protesting against Chinese government plans to control the 2017 election in Hong Kong. Authorities and activists have accused each other of violating the order and of the excessive use of force, respectively.
As a result of the clashes with police at least 56 people were injured, another 89 protesters arrested on charges of disorderly conduct in public places and blocking government buildings and city streets.
The United States has already supported the demands of the protesters, saying that the legitimacy of the head of the administration of Hong Kong would have strengthened if people were given real choice between different candidates.
According to Lukin, the current unrest caused by the fact that the tangible part of the Hong Kong society is in favor of the democratization of the political system, in particular for the direct election of the entire leadership, including the head of the administration.
Now the leadership is appointed by an electoral college, which ensures the dominance of those who support the policy of the central government. However, according to the document, which was signed during the transfer of Hong Kong from Britain to China, the direct election of the head of administration must pass in Hong Kong in 2017.
"The central government made some concessions - it really made the elections direct,” Lukin stated. But the opposition still remains dissatisfied because the candidates must pass through the election commission, where, according to Lukin, the majority is formed by pro-Peking leaders.