|China continues to twist the democracy movement into a radical action...|
According to Professor Lau Siu-kai, vice-chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies and adviser to the central government, the massive crowds on Tuesday make it difficult for the government to change its stance on political reform.
That's why over half a million people marched in the streets on Tuesday.
Another point he made was that the referendum last week did not represent the whole population. He said according to a survey by Lingnan University and another university in Hong Kong which is conducted in a more scientific way over half of the population will accept the conditions of the central government in Beijing for the 2017 chief executive election.
However he twisted the last point. More than half the respondents didn't think a public nomination of candidates for chief executive was against the Basic Law. Obviously state media missed mentioning this point and reporting fully on the survey.
A woman from Shanghai observed there were differences between mainlanders and Hong Kongers in the way they were brought up, saying, "protesting wasn't really something we were taught when we were growing up". She also said it was because Hong Kong people were western educated, insinuating it was something leftover from the British.
Hong Kong people didn't learn to protest in schools either! They were left with no choice but to march on Tuesday. It was not an impromptu protest like those at Tahrir Square in Egypt. The July 1 march was organized well in advance, with organizers getting the relevant permits, working with police and other authorities.
It was a civilized march -- hardly radical.The propaganda machine is too big and powerful for Hong Kong people to battle against. Those who visit Hong Kong and see the freedoms we enjoy and the access to material and information they don't, make them realize what a special place the city.