I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
Sharing a few tidbits of what I’m hearing from my family back in HK.
Those of us outside of Hong Kong can’t really get a feel of what it’s like right now. It’s also quite painful to see the media (Western; don’t even get me started on mainland Chinese media crap about how we’re all celebrating national day) depicting it as police vs people riots. Our police are not like the police of Ferguson (amongst other communities). They are merely pawns used by a cowardly government who have never before seen their people rise up like this.
I don’t have many pictures currently as I’m not there, but I’ve heard a number of different accounts from family members and friends at the protest in which they share what they have seen: a strong community with a firm cause; generous and kind people donating and sharing food, water, supplies, masks, etc.; the masses quickly clearing out the roads for ambulance access; generosity and care for the police; the people cleaning up the city; amongst many other acts of kindness.
I don’t want those violence-based images scattered in the media to be the only basis of what people think of what’s happening in Hong Kong. It’s important that we don’t antagonise the police because the true culprits are the pro-establishment ‘powers’; as my mum very poignantly stated of the police: “if they take down their uniform, they’re also a HK citizen.” It’s even more important that these select few images that don’t even come close to capturing the situation don’t overshadow the true meaning behind the movement: the fight for universal suffrage. What we want is not violence and destruction. It’s to PROTECT our precious city and to attain the democracy we were promised.
I want people to have a wider view of the situation and to know a little bit of the unsensationalised peace of Hong Kong’s movement. I’m so ineffably proud of the people of Hong Kong who are doing everything they can to keep the city safe. It’s an incredible city and this is how I think the world should see us. Yesterday, I felt heartbreak from reading all the news articles, but after seeing and reading these accounts from people at the occupation, my heart somehow feels very warm today.
So, basically, protests have been going on for the past few days.
University students and secondary school students have been boycotting school for a week because we are dissatisfied with the government’s version of democracy for 2017.
The Central government has promised us democracy for decades, but now they are going back on their promise and declaring that the candidates for the 2017 election will all be hand-picked by them. Well, they didn’t say that outright but that’s what they mean.
So it caused an outrage and us students went on strike.
Then, on Friday night, a group of students on strike rushed into Civic Square to reclaim it. It was originally a space near the government building intended for citizens to use, but the government built up a 3 metre tall fence around it because they are scared of us citizens and our protests.
The police immediately got violent and surrounded them, carrying them out forcibly and using pepper spray despite the fact that they were mere teenagers (young adults at most) with no weapons in their hands.
But that was not all.
This morning, at about 1 am, Benny Tai announced that the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement would start.
The government declared that this was illegal but that did not stop thousands of citizens from participating and joining the peaceful protests in Central, Admiralty and Wan Chai.
It was fine at first. But the police are now increasingly agitated and are attacking people using tear gas, pepper spray, beating them, and even threatening to shoot.
Hong Kong is really messed up right now and I’m almost in tears because of it. Please let the word get out. The world needs to know that this is not okay. We will not stand for it.
Oh and whoever you know will (hopefully) be safe as long as they don’t go to the protests. Don’t worry for now ^^
I’ve been living in Hong Kong since the day I was born, 1999. Yet, today will be a memorable one.
Today, 27th, is the day we students protest against the government.
I don’t quite pay attention to politics, but as a Form 4 student, I can’t let my classmates stand alone in the dark, they’ve been stayed outside the HK government office for days, they were arrested and pepper sprayed by once our honorable police, they were scolded by the elderlies, we are under pressure.
I argued with my parents, they concern my safety and firmly disagree I go, so I can only spread the news out and tell people outside the world what is happening in Hong Kong.
If anyone doesn’t know the ‘story’, I’ll tell you.
According to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC), they will choose 1200 people from four parties in Hong Kong to form a nomination committee, and they will be representing us to elect the chief executive. They firstly will nominate 2-3 candidates, then after voting, candidates with more that 50% of the votes will be selected and it’s our turn to vote.
The problem here is those 1200 people does not represent our wish, they are mainly rich people and they don’t support us, so their decision must not be what we want, and it turns out we are choosing among the 2-3 candidates. Let’s take an example, 1200 people have chosen 3 rotten oranges, and they force you to choose one of them to eat, you want to choose the other one, but no, you have to choose among these three rotten oranges.
So, the battle begins, we protest.
Please read this to know what exactly is happening in Hong Kong.
I’m a Hong Kongese and as you can see on the photo, there are 2 groups of people. The ones who put up their hands are students and the ones with shields are policemen. We Hong Kongese are protesting about the system of ‘universal suffrage’ of the Chief Executive in 2017 since the system is unfair and actually not even can be called something similar as ‘universal suffrage’. If you wanna know more about the system, please check online as I won’t explain much since it’s not the main point of this post.
Students in Hong Kong were protesting in a peaceful way for a week, some by class boycotting, some by occupying the area outside the Chief Executive’s office. Last night (26/9), the leader of the students announced that they would occupy the area inside the Chief Executive’s office. The policemen took their orders and ‘stopped’ the students from rushing into the office. During the incidents, the policemen used shields, police truncheon and pepper sprays to stop the students, who basically were bare hands. Many students were arrested and hurt eventually, in the protesters there were also some elder people and they were hurt as well. Until now, an abundance of students are still protesting, waiting for an explanation from Chief Executive outside the office.
First, I had to admit that rushing into the office area and occupying it is such an impulsive action. It gives an excuse for the police to take action. HOWEVER, IS IT NECESSARY FOR THEM TO USE WEAPONS LIKE SHIELDS? They hurt many students while the students were peaceful all along until that very moment. Besides, the students and other protesters had nothing, NOTHING, harmful in their hands that can actually to injure anyone. Does it even make sense? Adults using strong weapons to cope with weak students who only want to fight for the future? Since when fighting for choices, giving opinions, protesting with correct ideas and speaking out our minds are counted as ‘disrupting social order’? It’s absolutely unreasonable I’m very positive about this.
Now I think we clearly see that we are slowly losing our freedom of speech and freedom of protest in Hong Kong right now. This is extremely crazy to say but, stories like 1984 or Hunger Games will happen sooner or later if we don’t keep on to strive for what we want. We are now fighting for our future generations. The revolution will begin sooner or later. The revolution is in our minds.
Please reblog, if you have read it, thank you a lot.