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Protests: Past and Present Tiananmen Square, Hong Kong, Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter

The Tiananmen Square protests left a lasting stain on Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP). The Collective Action to have rights such as the freedom of speech and press imposed ultimately failed and lead to further restrictions and a severe death toll. The Hong Kong protests in recent months have been reminiscent of the events in Tiananmen Square nearly 20 years previously, only this time collective action succeeded. Similarly, this essay will examine the impact of collective action during the civil rights movement in the USA, specifically the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and how this led the way to the ultimate success of the civil rights movement, and now the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.  There are many factors as to why these failed and succeeded, however, the pressure of public and international scrutiny is arguably the key factor.

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Hong Kong’s Fight for Democracy: Protests, Police, and Finance.

The proposed marriage of Hong Kong’s capitalist, democratic system with authoritarian Chinese rule has been marred by a stream of mass protests and civil unrest. Modern Hong Kong, the 6th largest financial centre in the world, home of 7.5 million people is fashioned from political, economic, and social influences contrary to the paradigms of mainland China. Until 1997, Hong Kong flourished separately from China, developing under British rule, and associated legal, political, and economically capitalist systems. However, 23 years after the inception of the 50-year transition period to Chinese rule, Hong Kongers fear for the democratic freedoms they once enjoyed. Trust in authority, financial stability, and protection of liberties are under threat in the territory which flourished from its embodiment of these standards.

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EU Ban the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes

Anyone fortunate enough to find themselves in a shop recently may have noticed signs announcing the cessation of the sale of menthol cigarettes. This was most probably immediately discounted by all those but avid menthol smokers but the background to this widely uncontroversial development illuminates the operation of EU law.

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Ireland's Relationship with the rule of Law and Direct Provision

Ireland has always been highly regarded for its legal system in equity. Although revered for its strong foothold in the democratic spirit with an active independent judiciary and emphasis on the right of the person in its constitution, many have come to view the direct provision centres as a stain on that achievement. Amnesty International has called it into question over concerns of human rights and dignity.

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Our Obsession with Dublin is Killing Rural Ireland

“Nothing has been done and there has been a wholesale flight from the land and from the countryside… As far as I can see, Government ministers resident in Dublin consider Dublin as Ireland. They forget that we exist and that there are such places as Kerry”. Although the above remark was made by Kerry TD John Flynn in the Dáil in 1948, it could just as easily have been made in any parliamentary debate on rural Ireland in the last 70 years. What has become a defining feature of Irish political life today is the tendency of some to view Ireland as confined to the capital, a view that is reflected in the policies and beliefs of successive administrations.

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