1st Jan 2013 – Major protest in Hong Kong

This protest was first talked about by a bunch of netizens who detest China Government’s illegal (according to Basic Law and Sino-British Joint Declaration) influence in Hong Kong. These people started talking about a protest on the new year’s day back in around November 2012.

Unfortunately, various political parties heard about this protest and started taking credit for this by claiming that they initiated it. Those who are truly independent and initiated it were not happy about it but if these politicians and organisations genuinely want to make Hong Kong a better place and share the same view (Mr. CY Leung, the Chief Executive of HKSAR to step down, universal suffrage, and a referendum on people’s constitutions), there is nothing to worry about.

The truth is, demonstration has long been dominated by a handful of political organisations. Every march in Hong Kong follows the same routine: gather at Victoria Park (the largest public park on Hong Kong Island, which is close to the heart of the government HQ) , then walk along the main roads which will be blockaded by the police ahead of time, within a certain period of time people in the rally have to arrive at a designated protest zone -> the “organiser” announces that the demonstration is a success (yet what’s been achieved is always the question) and urges protesters to go home…

This is exactly why nothing ever results from the numerous protests in Hong Kong in the past 15 years – Hong Kong is a colony of the People’s Republic of China, which is communist, perhaps more preciously, dictatorship. No dictator would ever listen to its people unless riots and violent demonstration kicks off.

“If you make peaceful revolution impossible you make violent revolution inevitable” – J.F. Kennedy

Somehow, people in Hong Kong are always very proud of themselves for being “peaceful, rational, and non-violent” during demonstration. They condemn the slightest anomaly (e.g. shouting at the police so that they will allow people to continue to rally) in a rally.

The “protest” in the 1st January 2013 march were once again hijacked by a political organisation. It seems like no body dares to walk on the street without a couple of “leaders”. Unfortunately, given their standard formula of demonstration, it was a complete failure, once again. Nothing’s achieved, nothings changed.

This year, a very very different form of protest happened. Around a dozen or twenty people who were wearing Guy Fawkes masks marched down to the cross road in the middle of Central, the centre of the Hong Kong Island and the financial and business centre of the city-state.

They sit down in the middle of the cross-road on a public holiday during non peak hour, blockading two main roads to make a clear statement to Hong Kong people, SAR government and international media that they are no longer content with what’s happening to their home.

This is the reason I detailed the “standard way” of Hong Kong style demonstration earlier. This group of Vs (V for Vendetta) is not from any sort of organisation, and they have one thing in common – passionate about Hong Kong, their home. Here’s an impromptu statement given by one of them who holds a handheld amplifier gave on the spot. In short, he was raising the questions about why Hong Kong people are tolerating the SAR government’s incompetence.

Very soon, people who were walking on the street started shouting at the masked protesters:

“You have the right to protest, but you should protest outside the government headquarters!”
“It’s wrong to cause inconvenience to people who aren’t in the protest! If you want CY Leung to step down, go to the Government House and tell him!””You people have nothing better to do! A bunch of losers!”
“You are blockading the road making your point, and I can’t go home!”

I was watching all these and feeling heart broken – why are these people so blind? There is no violence involved in this demonstration, and yet people do not appreciate what some of them put their liberty and safety behind to fight for them? (One of them got arrested at the end)

There were some, however, who read about the masked protesters online (Facebook, online media, etc), and went down to support.

The masked protesters were soon surrounded by police – no more than 20 masked protesters and over 200 hundred police officers. The protesters were about to retreat and head for another spot, and one of them who was further away from the rest was tackled by at least one police officer like in a rugby game, and fall over.

Soon, other organised groups went to the same location. They had no choice because the police were blockading all the routes to the Government House, and all these routes were agreed by the police when the organisers applied for the demonstration. The police blockaded all the roads, which major traffic go by 24 hours, and soon one of the representatives of the police force went on TV and condemned the protesters for disrupting the peace. Kwok-Hung Leung (nickname: Long Hair), one of the Legislative Council members participated in numerous demonstrations, was surrounded by over 300 hundred police in the middle of the road on his own, and was later on charged for illegal assembly.

In different parts of Central, some of the protesters were trapped between police cordons, and one senior officer (recorded on tape) shouted at the protesters that “do not let them leave” and ordered his subordinates to surround the protesters.

VJMedia, an independent online media (relatively new), published a very detail and probably the most unbiased article illustrating the details of what exactly happened during the march. I’m not translating it here, but if i receive any request (even one!) I’ll translate it for the English readers.

Please leave your comments.

Populism in Hong Kong

Populism has been viewed as a political ideology, political philosophy, or as a type of discourse. Generally, populists tend to claim that they side with “the people” against “the elites”. While for much of the twentieth century, populism was considered to be a political phenomenon mostly affecting Latin America, since the 1980s populist movements and parties have enjoyed degrees of success in First World democracies such as the USA, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Populism has become a popular topic in recent days in Hong Kong. Some, particularly the pro-China people, are asking (or accusing?) why Hong Kong people have become populists.

This is not hard to imagine, if you follow the news in Hong Kong.

When the discussion of the transfer of sovereignty to the PRC began in 1980s, Hong Kong people were terrified of the Community PRC. Hence, the massive amount of Hong Kongers emigrating to foreign countries to live a life as a second grade citizen. (More to discuss about the transfer of sovereignty – there are reasons why I didn’t use the term “handover”)

After 15 years under the PRC’s rein (yes, supposed to be 1-country-2-system, but it’s fabricated), the changes in Hong Kong are so substantial that people become more and more edgy (Hong Kong people have always come across as “tamed” and politically ignorant). Here are a few major examples:

  • Article 23 (2003): despite the fact that Hong Kongers have expressed their view repeatedly. The Hong Kong SAR government insisted that the majority of people in Hong Kong wants this to be a legislation. Regina Ip, then Secretary for Security, as well as the HKSAR government, were determined to push the bill forward. Over 500,000 people went on the street to protest against the bill. Under enormous pressure, the government back-down.
  • Copyright Amendment Bill (2011): parody is something that many enjoy. This does not only help nurturing creativity, in fact has proven to help the popularity of the original creation (recent example: PSY Gangnam Style)
  • Anti-Moral-and-National-Education-Curriculum (2012): the introduction of the Moral and National Education Curriculum in 2012 is another major issue that caused

(I didn’t know where to start, just only picked a few examples)

Recently, former senior PRC government officers made various statements condemning Hong Kong people for seeking independence, including this one:

  • Lu Ping, former director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, stated in an exchange of email with the South China Morning Post “Our country, which has a population of 1.3 billion, would not be bothered losing this handful of people.”

Lu said in recent months that Hong Kong would have been a “dead city” if it wasn’t for China and he threatened to stop supply of Dongjiang water (one of my previous post explained this is complete nonsense).

A so called motherland, threatened its own people to stopped water supply (disregarding the fact that this isn’t really the case, Hong Kong pays money for the extremely low quality water, making it a transaction not a merciful act), even said that it doesn’t matter to them to have 7million less people (implying lives aren’t important)…  No wonder this country allows torture, illegitimate killings, house arrest for no ground, and even orders to kill so to harvest human organs!

Why is the PLA speaking in Cantonese in a Military Exercise?

PLA in Hong Kong Held Military Exercise Against Imaginary Cantonese-Speaking Army

The PRC Central Government is increasingly concerned about the demand for independence in Hong Kong. This military exercise shows that they are prepared to strike when Hong Kongers go on the street to demand independence.

It may be too early to say that Hong Kong can become independent, but is this really impossible?