Friday, 1 July 2016

Another Year, Another March

A good turnout in today's march fueled by fears from the bookseller case
Unfortunately I was not able to go again this year, but some 110,000 people chose to spend their public holiday by going to the streets in the hot weather and voicing concerns for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's leadership abilities, for freedom of speech and freedom of press following the missing booksellers, for human rights, and for Hong Kong's future.

It's hard to believe it's been 19 years since the city was handed back to Britain and people now are even more skeptical about China than ever before. This is hardly what Beijing was expecting, but the reality is that the bookseller case has frightened a lot of people here.

Lam Wing-kee was supposed to come but feared for safety
Things aren't what they seem -- "one country, two systems" has not become what it was advertised to be.

We were sold on this concept -- even then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping kept promoting it and reassuring Hong Kong nothing would change for 50 years.

But then he passed away in February 1997 before seeing it implemented. And things have changed dramatically since then. What would he have thought? Or would he have cared?

Seems like no one really seems to care about what happens to Hong Kong except the residents themselves who have no real political say in the matter.

We can only directly elect legislators, but not the one who leads Hong Kong, the chief executive. And is that fair?

Many calling for Leung Chin-ying to step down
Which is why thousands of people take to the streets every July 1 to voice their dissatisfaction. But is anyone listening? Do they care?

That's why some have resorted to more radical actions, like establishing localist political groups and even threatening violence to get some kind of reaction from upper management.

What can we do? What should we do?

The city is falling apart from serious mismanagement and the paralysis in the Legislative Council has prevented anything from being done, but also people at the top seem to overlook serious problems that affect those struggling at the bottom -- not just those in poverty, but even young people with decent jobs who have no way of ever earning enough to be able to make a down payment on a home.

Meanwhile the rich keep getting even richer, and the rest of us are toiling with no end in sight. Is anyone going to address this unstable imbalance?

If the government did try to tackle these issues earnestly maybe we wouldn't be out on the streets so much.

Wouldn't that be novel?

Here's to next year...


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