Hong Kong’s Democratic Movement – A Unique Protest Culture that Guarantees Success Never

Hong Kong’s Democratic Movement – A Unique Protest Culture that Guarantees Success Never

Source: Guardian

When one thinks of protest, one can picture that the people are unsatisfied by the government and have decided to take action over certain matters, to show the government (whether or not elected democratically by the people) that what it is doing is against the will of the people. Ultimately, the function of a protest is to make the government listen to the people, with the implicit threat that otherwise the people will make sure their demands are met – even if that means overthrowing the government.

We have seen thousands and thousands of protests in the world, and many end in bloodshed. It is no doubt sad but one has to pay a price for what one wants, and on the road to democracy and to freedom, prices often are high. Yes, blood will be shed, and yes those in power, democratically elected or not, will most certainly use propaganda to label the protests as “violent” or “irrational”. However, when a government goes against the peoples will’, or worse, betrays its people, the rational response is to behave “irrationally” – it is only human nature. After all, not all violence is visible and will directly cause death: bloodless violence does not mean that no harm is done. This type of violence carried out by a regime, or by people in power, will almost certainly trigger violence led by angry people – the people who no longer trust the government and doubt the credibility of those in power.

People protest with the aim of changing what is wrong in society. People want to make sure the changes happen. For better or worse, changes will bring new ideas to the regime, or even a new government that will listen to the people and respect their will. Demonstrations reinforce to those in power the fact that it is the people who give the government the privilege to serve, reminding the world of the foundations of democracy: A government is accountable to its people.

We have seen how Ukrainians rejected their government earlier this year. Of course we have all seen the videos of musicians playing music in front of fully-armed police troopers. Of course we have all watched the videos of Ukrainians explaining to the world what they are trying to achieve. All of these seemed peaceful and rational. However, when their voices were not heard, they marched on. They threw rocks at the police, who are supposed to be the servants of the people and protect the people, but instead were obeying a regime that ordered them to kill civilians. The police used their truncheons on the people, and snipers shot to kill.

The word “riot” is always used by governments seeking to bolster their own legitimacy in the face of a people who have decided that they will no longer accept their lies and betrayals! Words are amazing things: they control how the public see a certain issue, they plant ideas in our minds without us knowing, they are the best invention for those in power to continue brutality, and they are the killing machines which those who are high up deploy to manipulate the world’s point of view in the international arena.

In Hong Kong, the situation is completely different. Not that Hongkongers do not wish to have democracy, not that the government is less tyrannical than others, not that there are not protests. The key difference is the existence of “professional protesters”. These are those who take pains to appear to be helping Hongkongers on different issues: may it be broad topics like referendum and democracy, or local-scale issues like the construction of incinerators or the expansion of land-fills in certain areas. However, their goal is to take control (or hijack) the issue by representing the people. These people are high profile and are shape themselves as the frontline fighters in Hong Kong.

They violate the natural rules of protest. They promote peaceful, rational, non-(physically) violent and non-verbally-violent protests, but all these strictures apply only to protesters: That is to say that when the police use violence against protesters, they would tell protesters to remain non-violent and accept their fate – to be brutalised.

How do they do that? Let’s sum it up in a ten step routine they apply to EVERY PROTEST:

  1. An issue is brought up, and a small concern group is formed by the individuals being affected directly by the issue (e.g. Northeast New Territories Development Plan which will affect some villagers more directly than others, but it is important to acknowledge that the Plan will dissolve Hong Kong’s border which will lead to a catastrophic butterfly effect – so the issue is broader than it is being portrayed to the public)
  2. “Professional protesters” get involved and present themselves to be the approachable “protest experts” to the concern group
  3. When the “protest” comes around, the “professional protesters” will allow the concern group/the subject of the matter to speak on stage to attract more people and media, generating public support. These “protesters” will wait for the perfect moment, very patiently, sometimes days for days (e.g. the anti brainwashing-national-education-curriculum protest)
  4. When the moment comes, the “professional protesters” will take to the stage and hijack the protest
  5. The “professional protesters” will make a moving statement praising the concern group/affected individuals for their courage and determination to take the matter on, making everyone’s blood boil and bringing the atmosphere to a climax
  6. The “professional protesters” will then call for a photo opportunity for the media to take pictures to commemorate the event – a trophy for them, as their image as frontline fighters is reinforced once again
  7. They then will give the stage back to the concern group, and begin negotiating with them what the next step should be, behind the scenes. The group and the supporters will be left there to carry on chanting, shouting slogans, or worse, singing songs. They will talk the concern group down and the typical reasons they give to call it a day are, “we have achieved a great deal” (the ultimate goal is far from being achieved!), “you guys are really tired”, “the government and the public have heard our voice”, “let’s be strategic and focus our energy on our next move”, “the public is clearly on our side, look at the turnout!”
  8. The tired concern groups are talked down and their passion is weakened. Because of the “credibility” these “professional protesters” enjoy, the concern group believes in the key advice given by these “protest experts” – it is a long term game
  9. When they persuade the concern group successfully, the “professional protesters” retake the stage and announce on behalf of the concern group that, “we have made our voice heard today/tonight! We could not have done all this without you and the support of the people of Hong Kong, right? (every one shouts YEAH!)” and then, “let’s give ourselves a round of applause!”
  10. The “professional protesters” will then talk their way out and conclude the protest. The protest ends peacefully without challenging the regime, the government, the people in power – in fact the protest is concluded without achieving any of the goals originally set, let alone any demands being fulfilled.

Protests in Hong Kong end peacefully, every time, but no one ever asks why even though 99% of these protests preserve the status quo. No one follows up, and the “professional protesters” carry on looking for other topics and issues to dominate in order to build their reputations as the “face of democracy, and the power of the people” despite the fact that they have done, almost always, more harm than good.

Truth be told, people’s movements require no leader. Unfortunately, Hongkongers do not seem to be able to function without a leader in any circumstances – that is exactly why many Hongkongers began to use the term “Kong-sheep” to describe ourselves: desperate to follow.

In some recent occasions, anonymous protesters have volunteered to participate in protests even though the subject matter does not directly affect them. These protesters do not buy into the routine “professional protesters” practice throughout all these years, but believe that when the government is dysfunctional and can no longer be trusted, the people should overthrow it.

Source: Daily Telegraph

To Hong Kong’s eternal grief, these volunteers are always abandoned on-site without fail. The “professional protesters” will always stop them by taking the moral high grond: “this is not what the concern group wants! They want a peaceful and rational protest!” “Violence is bad in any circumstances (no matter what the government has done and what bloodless violence the regime has engaged in)!” All these may sound perfect at the point when a true peoples’ movement begins, but to a dictatorship or a government that is not accountable to its people, it is more than music to their ears!

Without disrupting the system by disobeying those in power, the people have zero chance to achieve what they demand – something these volunteering protesters understand. They are bold, but at the same time, they understand how corrupt the authorities and uniformed forces are. That is why they want to protect themselves with masks or cover – what we see as “black bloc” in many protests. However, the “professional protesters” will jump out to condemn these individuals as spies planted by the authorities and convince the “subjects of the protest (concern group)” to believe their story.

The individuals volunteering as protesters risk their personal safety for what they believe in, and for the concern group’s interests. However, they are being dismissed and often betrayed by the “professional protesters”.

Often times, lawmakers, who come across as being pro-democracy (a stand which once taken seems to lend a teflon quality to all adopters), are the first to condemn these “irrational acts” and even side with the authority to “prevent” any “violence” from happening again by endorsing the reinforcement of security around these events. Some even criticise protesters for wearing masks (surgical or otherwise Guy Fawkes masks) and demand that them surrender themselves to the police. If you read the news, you will find out who these people are.

Source: The Telegraph

Traitors of the people often come in disguise. Only when we realise who those traitors are can we break free from the burdens that have been laid on us all over the past decades, and really take control of the society that we want to make better.

If we continue to believe that the representatives in the legislative council will be able to resolve our problems, and lower our guard, we will be sold out. Because many of them, politicians or “experts”, are no different from the corrupt. Perhaps with the exception of the care with which they have painted their masks to gain the seats that you and I pay for.

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No More Chinese Barbarians

Chip Tsao’s recent piece titled “Declare War on Barbarians” sums it all up: why Hong Kongers should stop “tolerating” the so-called cultural difference the Chinese keep claiming…

Behaviours that disturb the public… parents clamoring and assisting their offspring defecate in shopping malls, is not “culture”. There is no such culture call “queue-jumping culture” and “shouting culture” does not exist either. These are absence of “culture” and barbaric behaviours. From now on, we are done with tolerating, we should continue to “discriminate”. The civilised world and the people living in civilisation should declare war on Barbarians!

I can’t agree with him more. Those who try to defend the Chinese when Hong Kongers condemn their “uncivilised” behaviours (defecating in public, queue-jumping, etc) always say “Chinese were brought up in a different cultural environment” and that “Hong Kongers should understand, accept and tolerate the cultural differences”.

These are hardly culture, in a nut shell, they are just not a civilised bunch (I didn’t mean all Hong Kongers are gentlemen and ladies, and many of them are far from it). If they listen to criticism and are willing to change, I believe the whole world would not detest Chinese tourists and immigrants! Why is it ok for them to disregard social norms and civilised behaviours? Why people around the world try to correct them get told off and labelled as “discriminate Chinese”?

Coloured skill does not grant you the jail free card for everything you do, I am most aware of this – I’m a Hong Konger after all. Do Chinese simply don’t understand that it is bad do anything they please and disrespect other countries’ rules/laws/norms? I don’t think so. They want to show the world that (because they’ve been suffering for so many years and suppressed by the CCP regime) they are wealthy and rich and wealthy and rich and wealthy and rich and wealthy… Money is the only value they have, and by behaving like Barbarians, they can (a) highlight the fact that they are Chinese (but now spending money in YOUR land); (b) there’s nothing you can do (because they’re spending money to BUILD you economy); (c) no one dares to upset the Chinese government by banning Chinese tourists (because they have money and they control the world); (d) the world owes the Chinese (but now they are rich and wealthy so the world needs Chinese).

It only takes one thing: the whole world stand up against this sick mentality and turn around to BUILD THEIR OWN ECONOMIES and stop bending over backwards to China for the short term gain. It is tough, but no economy can strive for eternity. Adjustments are essential, what goes up comes down! Once you grow a pair and realise the fact that China is going down, those behaviours will no longer be tolerated (shouldn’t have been at the first place). Hopefully, Chinese will eventually stop being pricks and misbehaving.

Chinese love using the word “discriminate”. Whenever they do not have the upper hand or when they know they’re in the wrong, they will turn around and blame you for discriminating them. Hong Kongers have a saying “if it’s head, you win; if it’s tail, I lose” – this is exactly it.

Over and out!

Why Hong Kongers Feel So Strongly AGAINST Chinese/China?

For those who think Ms Alpais Lam was just a tiny incident that Hong Kongers overreacted and that Hong Kongers are nuts for fighting the communist and are jealous of Chinese for their wealth, please watch this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkQbMhEQ6y8&feature=youtu.be

Honestly, China’s encroaching or invasion or whatever you like to call it is only going to accelerate!

Erasing HK Race – First Start with Killing Cantonese

According to the Statistics Department, the percentage of Hong Kongers who can speak Mandarin went up from 25% in 1996 to 50% last year, but the percentage of Hong Kongers who can speak Cantonese (our official language and mother tongue) fell!

China’s invasion or colonisation plan is progressive yet in massive scale:

– Make sure that the people of Hong Kong feel (or fear) that without China, Hong Kong cannot survive

– Once this concept is embedded in the majority of the Hong Kongers (in fact the whole world), they can begin ordering the HKSAR government to “promote” the importance of Mandarin

– If you’ve read ancient Chinese poems, especially Tong poems, you’ll find that they rhyme a lot better if you read them out in Cantonese than Mandarin. Mandarin, is really not a Chinese language, it is the language that was modified based on Manchurian’s mother tongue in Qing. The Chinese back in those days for some reasons prefer to change their own language and appearance (having queue – aka men’s ponytail), and call it “Chinese” so that they don’t feel as bad (Hey! they’re Chinese too, they didn’t invade us, it’s just a change of emperor). Nowadays, Chinese language is taught in Mandarin in HK! Even the government’s website has changed – official languages used to be (as far as I remember) Cantonese and English, but now it says Chinese and English. This may not really mean anything to the non-Chinese speaking community (as they’d say “Cantonese is Chinese too!”), but Cantonese is a language (UN already recognised it!) and that HKers’ mother tongue really is Cantonese. It’s almost like British learning French back in the old days because it’s “the upper class” language (not that Mandarin is upper class by any means) – ridiculous! English is no longer being valued these days, because the whole world is evolving around China, according to China and the western world and of course the HKSAR government. Also, China sees every single British heritage (in fact anything that’s related to the post-handover time) is a disgrace to them, they have no intention for HKers to speak good English – they don’t care if HKers lose their competitiveness because HKers are never one of the Chinese in their eyes. The result is the appalling standard of English, particularly the younger generation.

– Erasing your language is only the beginning. You must have read about how great China is when it comes to censorship. There’s a book on Hong Kong history, the (traditional) Chinese version is being censored and a revised version was published and all the “non-censored” copies were recalled. Now that the English standard is low, the Chinese version available is censored, the Hong Kongers is prevented from reading the real history. Clever, hey?

Another thing I want to point out is that, there are 150 (yes, one hundred fifty) Chinese from across the boarder who can immigrate to Hong Kong EVERY DAY! After 16 years, there are approximately 870,000 Chinese who now call themselves Hong Kongers. Bear in mind, though, Hong Kongers cannot get a China citizenship nor the PRC passport. 870,000 is around 12% of Hong Kong’s current total population!

Imagine, say for example, you’re American…

You walk into your local grocery store, the shop owner and staff there all speak to you in Spanish and when you ask them to speak English, they were in awe.

When you tell foreigners who’re visiting America that you’re from America, and he/she response “Isn’t America part of Mexico?” When you explain that they are two separate country (alright, Hong Kong isn’t independent yet, but give it time), “But your country’s soil is connected to the Mexican soil!”

When your government tell you, Spanish is very important because the amount of trade and the increasing number of Mexican immigrants, you need to accommodate them so all American have to adapt Spanish as their main language.

How’s that make you feel?

To make it worse, you are a loyal countryman, and pay tax on time, never ask anything from government (social benefits, etc), and because of the influx of immigrants who have low (or no) skills, and cannot find job in your country. Your government spend your tax money to provide these foreigners everything they need: medical, education, social welfare, etc. while you are earning so little that you could just pay tax and live a everything bear minimum life (don’t even think about buying a flat)… You call for help and complain about exploitation, these immigrants turn around and tell you “you have to accommodate us, we share the same ethnicity! You should speak our language too because we are so important to your country” and then apply their entire family and sometimes folks from the entire village to move into your country and do exactly the same thing.

Imagine all these have been happening in your country for 16 year. At start this happened slowly but now your neighbouring country is speeding this process up.

You become the minority of your country, yet have to support the majority who invade your country! Shouldn’t you stand up and tell the world that this cannot go on? Even shut down the government and gain your rights back and protect your children from suffering even more server consequences that await them?

Over and out.

Anchor Babies – A Little Thoughts…

Hong Kong is well known for being crowded, the living standard of the grass wood locals is unimaginable. Many live in cages, and some live in sub-diving flats where, in some cases, a family of four will be sharing a room of 30 sq. ft.

Chinese from all over China rush to Hong Kong to give birth to their babies. The parents of these anchor babies (which means neither of their parents are Hong Kong residents) argued that they only want the best for their children (because the education in China is too bad, according to them). However, they conveniently forget that the approval process of new immigrants applications from China is handled by China, not Hong Kong.

Some of them stay in Hong Kong (via travel visa) and apply for benefits from the Hong Kong social welfare! Luckily, the Hong Kong SAR government has changed the law – why should the tax payer be subsiding the people who took advantage of the system in Hong Kong and have the rest of their families move to HK and continue to take advantages and resources of Hong Kong.

When people of  Hong Kong suggest that these parents should have taken their children back to China – if raising children is so difficult! They make the excuses for not being able to help their children to apply for ID card in China (because of the one child policy). Shouldn’t they have thought about it before having the second child?

Parents of anchor babies also complain that the quality of life and the number of school spaces is not good enough for them. If you’re expecting to have a house this big (see picture below), you really can’t live on social benefits – not many people can afford houses like this in Hong Kong!

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For school spaces, have you heard about the local students who have to travel over an hour away from their home to go to school everyday? It’s all because of the anchor babies forcing the locals to move to another district for school. The facilities and education systems are designed for the people of Hong Kong and can only accommodate the expected population growth in HK…

They keep saying that they are under a lot of pressure living in Hong Kong, but why can’t they move back to their home town? If Hong Kong is such a difficult place for you to live and there’s a much easily and comfortable life waiting for you in China, why insist on staying in Hong Kong?

The problem is spreading to the US and many other Western countries too. I recently read that Canada is considering to change its law to stop anchor babies from getting citizenship.

Good luck, world. Look at Hong Kong’s situation, you’ll probably learn a thing or two before embracing China’s expansionism…

Future president of Egypt? What about Hong Kong?

I stumbled into this video the other day, and I couldn’t help but think “why isn’t a single Hong Kong child able to do this” (of course, there’s a big assumption here: the English subtitle is accurate).

The  people of Hong Kong are not encouraged for individual thinking. Education is all about reciting materials and getting good grades in exams. Back in the old days, the British Hong Kong government encouraged people to study but never encourage people to think independently. The Hong Kong SAR government, even worse! They inject the pro-Peking and pro-Communist thoughts into the students’ brains before they are old enough to “think”…

A so-called Basic Law handbook for primary school students says that Taiwan is China’s sacred land, and the Chief Executive of Hong Kong must “love China and love Hong Kong” – none of these are related to the Basic Law.

The worse I’ve seen so far is “Chief Executive enjoys a more superior legal status than the administrative, legislative and judicial functions of Hong Kong”. It also says “administrative, legislative and judicial functions balance each other’s power but also cooperate with each other, cooperation amongst these three functions is more important” – this is NONSENSE!! Separation of powers is what Hong Kong always practices, and there isn’t a need for cooperation between the three functions.

The younger generation in Hong Kong, thankfully, especially those who have not got a “professional” job tend to be more aware of the social issues – the reason, as I gathered, is that they are not afraid of rocking the boat. Those who have a high paid job and/or own properties worry about the property and stock market and stability of their jobs more than whether they have freedoms, democracy and fellow Hong Kongers’ livelihood (no formula powder for babies, sky high rent, expensive daily necessities, property hegemony, etc.).

They are very similar to the last generation of Hong Kongers who often nowadays say that the Brits did not give Hong Kong democracy (they would even say “you never had democracy and why suddenly want it now! we’ve got more freedom then before 1997). Epic fail in logic. Isn’t it? I am always in awe when they say this – since when democracy is something that’s given? It’s always something that people need to fight for. A metaphor: you never had anything but bake potato, and now you want more than just bake potato, you want a bit of corn beef as well! Why is not insane?

If Occupy Central is violent (breaking the law, woohooo!!), what about the protests in Turkey and Brazil? Blood was shed! The police in Hong Kong have become so bent that I do believe one day they will point their guns at the protesters (whether or not they can aim properly or know how to use their gun is another question). The convener of the Occupy Central movement did say though “if they see blood at the movement, they will retreat”. Without being prepared for the worst, there is no point to occupy anywhere. They still don’t understand that China will not back down unless you show to them that you have got the upper hand and have no fear. Chinese only bully those who are show weakness or weaker than them, fact! Have they done anything to Japan yet? No! Even though China’s been claiming that Senkaku Islands belong to them for all these years. If you engage China to negotiate, they will present you all the things that they want before speaking with you (just like what they did to the Brits in the 70s). By agreeing to their terms, means you’ve already lost half the negotiation – they know that you’re prepared to loose all of those they want. They can then try to take more from you and if it goes no where, they’d still get the “least they’re prepared to accept”, win-win situation for the Chinese. See?

Over and out

Democracy in Hong Kong? Leungs Pratically Says “NEVER!”

People want democracy in Hong Kong? Simple answer is: as long as China continues to have sovereignty over Hong Kong, that’s impossible.

During an interview with Bloomberg, CY Leung basically admitted that China controls the way what “democratic election” is about:

Increased democracy in Hong Kong may lead to China’s refusal to appoint a leader elected by the city’s people

One Country Two System? A complete utter LIE from day one!

Put it quite simply: how could a communist dictatorship govern a city-state that’s semi-democratic (part of the legislature is elected by the people) and practices capitalism? Hong Kong courts practice Common Law, and all are innocent until proven guilty, and China is completely the opposite (guilty until proven innocent); education system: completely different; lifestyle: completely different; culture: share some similarities but not quite; etc.

Why did the Brits agreed to hand Hong Kong over to China is still a mystery. China never owned Hong Kong to start with! It was the Qing (translation from Chinese: Great Qing Country) who owned Hong Kong (HK Island and Kowloon Peninsular), which was ceded to England perceptually. The New Territories were leased to the Brits for 99 years (I hate keep repeating myself, but once again 99 years in Chinese language is the equivalent of eternity). If the Brits wanted to “hand Hong Kong back” to a country, they really should have gone to Taiwan which holds the treaties about the above because Kuomintang was the one that overthrew Qing.

In any case, the Brits should have known better that Chinese cannot be trusted (Hong Kongers aren’t Chinese – Chinese is a concept/term that is so vague which covers a lot of things the Western world refer to, which is a massive topic). They must have seen the impossibility of this “One-Country-Two-System” crap. What were the Old China Hands thinking? Do you honestly think that by living in China for a few years you’re able to understand Chinese? Have you read the famous book The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture by Bo Yang. It is such a shame that the book I Don’t Want to Be Chinese Again was not out earlier.

The UN allowed the Chinese to bully them over the issue of taking Hong Kong and Macau off the list of colonies in the 70s was beyond believe. All the nations in the UN are guilty for helping China to conolise Hong Kong. They should right their wrongs.

A friend forwarded this article to me which is very encouraging.