The Effectiveness Of Civil Disobedience In Hong Kong

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Recently in Hong Kong, young protesters have taken civil disobedience to a whole new level. The pro- democracy protesters have been spotted picking up garbage, washing off graffiti, singing, and doing homework. The protesters are using this extreme civil disobedience to show citizens and government officials they are looking to improve Hong Kong, not destroy it. Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, and Henry David Thoreau also strongly believed in the effectiveness of civil disobedience to encourage change. In their writings, “from Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” by Martin Luther King, Jr, “On Civil Disobedience,” by Mohandas K. Gandhi and “from Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, they discuss their views on civil disobedience. King, Gandhi, and Thoreau all believe civil disobedience should be nonviolent and rely on individuals, while still achieving the desired goal.…show more content…
Protesters, even though they are nonviolent, can be injured by police. Martin Luther King Jr. says in “from Letter from Birmingham City Jail”, “I don’t believe you would so quickly commend the policemen if you would observe their ugly and inhuman treatment of Negroes here in the city jail; if you would watch them push and curse old Negro women and young Negro girls; if you would see them slap and kick old Negro men and young Negro boys… (King).” Civil disobedience can actually be quite violent, even if it is not the protesters’ fault. Having that many passionate people in one place can be very dangerous. Yet, still many believe in the power of civil disobedience and its nonviolent
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