Saturday, 17 August 2013

Picture of the Day: Targeted Protest

Protests against CY Leung are common place
Hong Kong has protests every weekend. It's becoming so common place that they have become a leisure activity.

However, things are really heating up after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying ordered the Education Department submit a report on primary school teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze after she swore at police officers when they seemed to be allowing a pro-Beijing group cover up Falun Gong banners.

Critics have likened Leung's unprecedented order to be reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution, which sends chills down people's backs.

He made this announcement during his visit to Tin Shui Wai, where scuffles broke out and it turns out there were alleged triad members roughing up protestors which sounds frightening if proven true.

And so today there was a small group of people in front of the HSBC headquarters in Central saying Leung should step down.

The bank was so worried something major would happen -- or was it the police? -- that they put down the bank's built-in barricades to prevent any mischief.

As far as we could tell from passing by that the protest was relatively orderly so there was no need for such measures.

But even more extreme measures will be taken tomorrow, when Leung visits Kwun Tong, a previously industrial area that's trying to breathe new life in empty warehouses, though there are some housing estates there and working-class families residing there.

Already the police have started putting up temporary barricades up in anticipation of even greater crowds tomorrow. It seems the authorities are expecting an even bigger clash despite the space being smaller than last week.

The battle of wills is becoming even more divisive -- which makes us wonder if this is doing Hong Kong any good...

1 comment:

  1. Kwun Tong is also one of those parts of Hong Kong with people who are more pro-mainland than most. Interesting to think that even there, the police are gearing for protests against CY Leung...