Political Unrest
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A price to pay

Asia | A young activist’s fight for free elections in Hong Kong
by June Cheng
Posted 5/09/19, 12:15 pm

At age 18, Joshua Wong became the face of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, a protest urging the Chinese government to let Hong Kong residents elect their own leader as promised by the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets of the city’s financial district for 2½ months. Beijing refused to back down: A 1,200-member election committee dominated by China sympathizers elected Carrie Lam as chief executive in 2017.

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Several dead in Venezuelan protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/02/19, 11:30 am

At least four people died during Wednesday’s demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas, after thousands heeded interim President Juan Guaidó’s calls for renewed protests against embattled leader Nicolás Maduro. Supporters cheered as Guaidó asked them to remain committed and prepare for a general strike. Guaidó tried to stir a military uprising on Tuesday but failed to receive sufficient support. State security forces loyal to Maduro responded to the protests with tear gas and rubber bullets.

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The view from ‘Doralzuela’

Politics | How refugees at ground level describe socialism’s latest failure. Will young Americans listen?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/01/19, 12:01 pm

It’s 1,376 miles from Caracas, Venezuela, to Doral, a Miami suburb now known as Doralzuela because so many refugees from the world’s latest socialist experiment now huddle here, yearning to be free. 

They come in the footsteps of refugees who fled Cuba in the 1960s, when Peter, Paul and Mary were singing in coffeehouses, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” Each verse concluded, “When will they ever learn?” That question should now be addressed to fans of socialism and socialist candidates. 

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