August 16, 2019

IntelBrief: Pro-Democracy Protests Rock Hong Kong and Moscow

Protesters surround banners that read: "Those on the street today are all warriors!" center top, and "Release all the detainees!" during a sit-in rally at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 (AP Photo/Vincent Thian).
  • In Hong Kong and Moscow, long-simmering undercurrents of political opposition have pitted protesters against unrepresentative authoritarian governments.
  • In Moscow, police have used extreme force to crack down on the tens of thousands of protesters in a series of demonstrations.
  • The Hong Kong protests are larger in scale and scope compared to what is happening in Moscow and have brought the territory to a standstill at times, particularly after protesters shifted their focus to the airport.
  • The Trump administration has said little about the protests, while Congressional members have been more vocal in supporting the protesters while urging restraint by the Russian and Chinese governments, respectively.