Dear Tumblr: Please take time to read this. Please. Maybe a little long but it’s very important to our city.
Long story short, I’m a Hongkonger. What’s happening is about my home city Hong Kong. For those people who don’t even know where Hong Kong is please just see here.
Hong Kong’s government is now a puppet government that only listens to the China Government or what we Hongkongers call directly Communist Party of China. Hong Kong were handed back to China in 1997 from the British, no more a British colony but a city of China (so called Special Administrative Region they say), which runs under a term called “ one country two systems “ . (from wikipedia: “…is a constitutional principle formulated by Deng Xiaoping, the Paramount Leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), for the reunification of China during the early 1980s. He suggested that there would be only one China, but distinct Chinese regions such as Hong Kong,Macau, and Taiwan could retain their own capitalist economic and political systems, while the rest of China uses the socialist system. Under the principle, each of the three regions could continue to have its own political system, legal, economic and financial affairs, including external relations with foreign countries…) and most importantly the DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM should be remained in Hong Kong.
However, just only 17 years after Hong Kong is returned to China, the HK government has became “obedient” to the Chinese Government and trying to merge Hong Kong into China - with loads of immigrants and tourists from China keep flowing into HK everyday, our city became somehow a very hard place to live in - the immigrants are mostly under educated, they don’t / can’t work, and a high amount of them live in HK depends on the Social Security Allowance which came from the tax paid by the local Hongkongers . And the Chinese tourists - the shops on the streets and in the malls in Hong Kong have been all changed to selling cosmetics, jewelry and luxury products as the rich chinese tourists likes to shop this kind of items; for the less rich tourists, they came Hong Kong to shop all kinds of groceries and household items in Hong Kong such as baby milk formula powder. This causes serious inflation on everything and inconvenience for local HKers to buy things normally, not to mention their lack of manner in HK such as letting their children pee or poop on the streets of HK when toilets are just a few steps away.
And these are not the worst.The worst thing is, OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT GIVING ANY CHANCE TO HAVE REAL DEMOCRACY. Why? it’s easy - the Chinese Government dosen’t like it (yeah what a Communist Party of China thing), and slowly Hongkongers are losing the freedom of speech. The protestors arrested from protests for democracy has never been so many, and the only few free television stations everyone watches in HK simply censor all news that are bad to the Chinese Government……..etc etc. By saying about protests, this is the thing I wanna tell you in this long boring text post.
Recently Hong Kong has been talking about the election of the Hong Kong Chief Executive (the mayor of Hong Kong). The election mechanism we have now is that the Hong Kong Chief Executive is only voted by 1200 members of the Election Committee (which is already on the China Government’s side) while Hong Kong itself having 7 millions of citizens. Our Basic Law promised us to have “democratic procedures” of electing the Hong Kong Chief Executive in the future, “by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures” as stated in the Basic Law Articles 45. However, after so many proposals and plans given to the government, the answer given by the Chinese government and HK Government was shockingly depressing.
The 2017 election plan that the Government decided is that the CANDIDATES MUST BE PICKED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT THEN VOTED BY THE HK CITIZENS. How funny it is. We, the Hong Kongers, are all very angry about this and we’ve protested and protested - but the current Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung always avoid facing the citizen’s requests directly; the Government often claims that the protests and the protestors are illegal; and the police force is very violent to the protestors.
So something happened yesterday night. A few days ago students from the universities and secondary schools kicked off a boycott; and yesterday night they clashed into the heavily guarded “Citizen’s Plaza”, a place which was formerly introduced as a “public place” in the Government Headquarters. The place was closed to the public because the government don’t want us to protest there… but the students did it. During the clearance of the plaza, the police force were unbelievably violent to the students and arrested the leader of the act Joshua Wong.
See? THESE ARE STUDENTS, harmless students.They are not even touching the police. But the police are ATTACKING them with pepper spray and violence. After requesting CY Leung to give the students a response, the response is very ridiculous - only promising there will be one man one vote (never mentioned the picked by China gov part ) and told us the protest is illegal.
The people in HK now is officially losing all hope to the Government. We’re angry.The Government has left us. They won’t listen to us. They won’t face us. They’ll only advoid us.
Many Hong Kongers rushed to the surrounding roads to support the students, occupying the busiest streets and roads of the financial area of HK - but only making the police more violent as a result.
Yes, this is Hong Kong. Tear gases, guns with rubber bullets. Aiming at the harmless citizens. This is not Africa, not North Korea, but a very global, developed city, Hong Kong.
Is the HK Government really afraid of its own citizens so much that they have to hurt us? Why do they have to do this to us? Why they don’t choose listening to us, but have chosen the hard way to deal with us? Our voices have to be heard, and there is no another way to do it politely and peacefully anymore - we’re forced to act like this!!
This might be not related to you, but please, please spread the news - you can search related news articles on google easily by searching Hong Kong and Protesting. We need this to be on an international scale - we need the world to notice us. We don’t know what the Government will do to us, neither to our freedom and democracy development - international pressusre must be here for us. Thanks for reading and finally, please, please let more people know what is the Hong Kong Government doing to their citizens.-from a hopeless citizen of HK
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