Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Broken Glass Signals the End

It's very sad and disappointing to see the Umbrella Movement will be coming to an even swift end now that glass has been broken on the 52nd day of the occupation.

Soon after I published my blogpost after 1am, some masked men stormed the Legislative Council building and broke a glass window. Clashes with police went on for several hours that included the use of pepper spray and batons resulted in six were arrested.

Occupy Central and pan-democratic leaders are claiming the violent protesters were "misled" thinking legislative councillors would be talking about a yet-to-be discussed bill on internet freedom.

Lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung rushed to Legco when he heard about tensions rising and tried to stop the break-in but according to him, was thrown aside, though not injured.

Before this incident happened, pro-establishment lawmakers were proposing to build a three-metre-high fence outside Legco after protesters against a new town complex attempted to break into the building earlier this year.

Now it will be harder for pan-democrats to object to the proposal now that some protesters actually broke in late last night.

And in fact this gives the police and the Hong Kong government every right to shut down the Umbrella Movement -- evidence that protesters are violent.

It's a sad end to the protest that originally inspired thousands to come out to support it after the pepper spray and tear gas, that resulted in an explosion of art, creativity, community and conversation.

It will only be a matter of time when the areas will be cleared and then life will go back to "normal", with many issues still unresolved...

6 comments:

  1. Do you really think the Umbrella Movement will come to an end soon? Even if the protest areas get shut down, I think that this movement (in terms of the angling to make one's voices heard, to try to influence things politically, etc.) will go on -- though in what form I'm still not quite sure myself.

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    1. Hi YTSL -- The physical sites will be shut down soon in the next few weeks, but whether it will continue in some form is hard to say because in the last few weeks nothing substantial has happened politically because the HK government and Beijing refuse to entertain the students. The movement has brought out into the open the serious social, political and economic issues that need to be dealt with in Hong Kong, but will they? That's the real question.

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    2. Oh, you mean a few more weeks! Thought by soon, you meant like days... And yes, it seems like the ball's indeed in the government's court... now if only they'd play ball!

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    3. Public support is dropping really fast too so it's going to be in the next week or so... not tomorrow, but maybe a week, two weeks tops...

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  2. actually, there was a leak that LegCo was proposing the internet Article 23 today...so those who attempted to break in trying to stop this 'law' from being passed.

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  3. technically those who break in LegCo got goated into breaking in by pro-Beijing forces

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