Monday, 25 June 2012

Is 2012 the Summer of Discontent?

President Hu Jintao's tie always matches the flag
Chinese President Hu Jintao will be coming to Hong Kong this Friday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the handover.

But instead of being greeted with cheers, he'll probably see (or his minders will make sure he doesn't see) the jeers from the public.

Many Hong Kong people are annoyed at how much Beijing has interfered in the city's affairs despite the promise of "one country, two systems".

As time goes by there seems to be growing interference, most of it unwanted. Part of it also are Hong Kong's leaders second guessing themselves and preferring to please their bosses than think long term about what's best for the city.

In any event Hu is probably hoping his announcement of many initiatives to boost the special administrative region's economy will quell the anger, but money doesn't necessarily appease people these days.

Most recently they are upset at how Chinese officials have handled or rather mishandled the Li Wangyang incident, where the Tiananmen Square activist was found dead in his hospital apparently from hanging but this was impossible as Li was practically blind and deaf and his hands were shaky from his mistreatment in prison.

So how to voice discontent to Hu on July 1? The annual protest rally is planning to start from Victoria Park at 3pm and walk over to the new government complex in Tamar.

The event, organized by the Civil Human Rights Front expects at least 50,000 people to participate in the march, but is hoping for more than 218,000 at last year's rally.

This is could happen with the various grievances people have, from Li, to rising property prices, poor environmental protection and now Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying's illegal structures in his home on the Peak.

The possibly large turnout will not be something Hu will be pleased to see; it will probably scare him to see how out of touch the Hong Kong government is and the massive gap between the rich and the poor.

But then again, Hu will be relinquishing power in a few months anyway.

So what's it to him anyway? He can leave it to Xi Jinping to deal with.

The beauty of politics.

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