Sunday, 1 February 2015

Making Fresh Demands Again


Some 13,000 people showed up to protest for universal suffrage this afternoon
My weekend was totally sidelined by a terrible bug that wreaked havoc with my stomach... as a result I couldn't take part in the first major pro-democracy march since the Occupy/Umbrella Movement protests ended in December.

Organizers were hoping for 50,000, but only about 13,000 showed up to march from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Chater Garden in Central.

Nevertheless young and old were there, many carrying banners that read, "I want true universal suffrage", echoing demands from the massive 79-day protest last year.

Before today's event, there were concerns if the protest would go ahead after police warned protest organizers to have about 100 marshalls to prevent people from "occupying" Chater Garden, but they claimed to only have about 60 to 70 on hand.

Young and old came out with yellow umbrellas to march
Police also didn't want to take any chances and had some 2,000 officers fanned out throughout the route, which now in hindsight seems unnecessary, as the appetite for protest marching has died down.

Reports say the rally happened smoothly and those who started near the head of the rally that was led by Occupy founders, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming at around 2.20pm, finished in Central about two hours later.

"The [turnout] is indeed fewer than what we expected, but this only shows that Hong Kong people are no longer satisfied with conventional ways of protest," said organizer Daisy Chan Sin-ying.

"It doesn't mean Hong Kong people will pocket whatever [proposal] that's on offer," she said. "We will review whether the people want new ways to pressure the government... If the people are tired with taking part in marches; it's not the front which is in trouble, but the government... I am confident Hong Kong people will show up again when the right moment comes."

Chan may be right, as the movement lost momentum after the protests were finally put down by the police in early December. When Beijing continued to firmly back Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, many became jaded and despondent.

How to keep the protest movement alive is the $64 million question, and anyone will any brilliant ideas will be welcome. In the meantime everyone's back to trying to eke out a living, continue being house slaves and indentured to one of the several tycoons in town as the economy slows down thanks to Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption crackdown.

What else is new?


3 comments:

  1. at this rate, if nothing changes, a revolution is a matter of when not if...

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    1. HI nulle -- does this mean you will be leading the charge?

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  2. This is a standard process of Gentrification, as I said in previous posts. The same complaints of high rents are in every major city in the world. I would rather advise HK people not able to afford a living to move out, and start a life in Mainland China.

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