That thousands of Hong Kongers remain in the streets of their island city financial hub in demonstration for greater democracy, is indicative of the history of Hong Kong and a flawed former colonial system. Great Britain, having been the colonial master of Hong Kong, needs to explicitly convey to the People's Republic of China and to the people of Hong Kong, whether or not direct universal suffrage to Hong Kongers, is implied by the agreement that handed Hong Kong to China in 1997.
Moreover, the British need to determine and to make known whether or not China's decision on Hong Kong that would limit the number of candidates to run for the office of chief executive of the city, defines a breach of the undertakings China gave in the 1984 handover agreement.
Barring an explicit British determination, Hong Kongers, who read from the agreement an opportunity for a greater degree of democracy, are now placed in an ambiguous position as to the definition of the laws that are being used to set Hong Kong's destiny. Can China continue to apply Beijing's interpretation as to the agreement that would let all the people vote for Beijing's limited candidates? Or does the international learned interpretation of the agreement mandate universal suffrage extending to an open candidate field and voting by all the electorate?
It is the international interpretation of the agreement that has hold out hope to the people of Hong Kong. It is the international reading of the agreement that has ignited the passion and the determination of the students and the pro-democracy activists of Hong Kong.
That Great Britain failed to explicitly offer independence to the people of Hong Kong in the 1984 agreement indicates a failure on the behalf of the colonial master to emancipate the former subjects of the empire. Great Britain delivered unto the communists in Beijing, a thriving metropolis of Hong Kong and its people with a high degree of and for freedom. Now, Great Britain could ameliorate the Hong Kong "cell phone and social-media democracy movement" by concretely defining its agreed contract that spelled out greater autonomy for Hong Kong.