Sunday, 1 January 2017

Protest Marks Start of 2017

Some 9,000 people protested the government's bid to oust four lawmakers
It is heartening to see there are still thousands of people in Hong Kong willing to protest on January 1, though at the same time it's disappointing not more people came out to voice their disgust at the Hong Kong government's determination to try to unseat four legislators, including Nathan Law Kwun-chung and "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung.

The Civil Human Rights Front estimated some 9,000 people showed, up and apologized for the low attendance, while police said it was around, 4,500. The police seem to have a habit of halving estimates in a pathetic bid to make protest numbers look smaller on paper.

However, in media footage, it looks like there are more than 4,500 people there, something the authorities cannot deny.

Protesters carried effigies of the four supposed candidates
In any event, the organizer believes fewer people showed up at the annual rally because their main nemesis, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has already bowed out of the upcoming leadership race.

But we have yet to see who will be officially running, and so far Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee is hardly a popular choice, and former Justice Woo Kwok-hing probably doesn't have Beijing's approval.

We are waiting for Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to throw her hat into the ring, but while she has demonstrated her ability to do Beijing's bidding with the shock announcement of a HK$3.5 billion replica of the National Palace Museum in West Kowloon, Hong Kong residents are hardly impressed.

And what of former Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah? His star seems to be fading by the day without the formal green light from Beijing.

What a mess really. And on top of that the government wants to oust four lawmakers from their positions even though they have been formally sworn in without any issues and were democratically elected by the people.

Many are relieved Leung Chun-ying is not running
Zhang Xiaoming, director of Beijing's Liaison Office in Western, made a public statement about three things that should not be breached: harming national security, challenging the authority of the central government and the Basic Law, and using the city has a base to infiltrate and subvert the mainland.

Is he seriously hinting that these four legislators who are pan-democrats are breaching these three things? It's quite laughable for him to even suggest this.

Even Law would not even consider separatism and he's Hong Kong's youngest legislator.

It seems Zhang is trying to his scare tactic that usually works on elderly residents; but really, what have they done that is subversive in any way? Perhaps he's continuing Leung Chun-ying's theory that separatism is growing in interest, when it fact it gained momentum because Leung suggested an increasing number of students were curious about it.

Can we just get back to the issue at hand and end the government's bid to unseat four lawmakers? Perhaps people find it so ridiculous that they didn't see the point in marching for it...

2 comments:

  1. One reason why some people may not have participated in the march is there not getting sufficient information in time about it. I only saw information in Chinese about it on such as the Civil Human Rights Front's Facebook page, and even there, I didn't see a start time for the march!

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