In light of the Falkland Islands’ referendum result, South China Morning Post, a local English language newspaper, posted a poll on its website on 12th March 2013 around 13.00, asking the Hong Kongers whether they’d vote to return to a British overseas territory, given the option. The number is similar to the Falkland Islanders’ – an overwhelmingly “YES” – 90% as of 15.31 on 13th March 2013 (just over 24 hours).
This poll isn’t the most sophisticated, nor is it well thought out given the fact that “independence” is not one of the options. It is, however, a clear evidence of the discontentment fellow Hong Kongers have due to the continuous and increasingly aggressive interference of the PRC China government, which is a clear breach of 1-Country-2-System policy and the Sino-British Join Declaration.
There are people and groups on Facebook and other social media saying that if given the option, at least over 50% of the Hong Kongers would vote for independence.
This is not just an alarming sign to the Hong Kong SAR and PRC governments, but also a signal of the upraise of self identity and political awareness of Hong Kongers.
Will Hong Kongers finally stand up against a totalitarian and the unjust being done back in the 80s when the Brits and the Chinese decided Hong Kongers’ faith and future without asking their consent?
There are discussions and intense debates about the “Occupy Central” notion first raised by a law faculty professor. His proposal is rather interesting: basically people have to turn themselves in before action by signing a “declaration”. Not that violence is encouraged by those who opposed this “proposal” but many criticise whether surrendering and notifying the authorities about this “non-corporation” movement.