Sunday, 17 August 2014

A Patriotic March

The scene looking at the marchers finishing the route around 4.15pm
Today the anti-Occupy Central movement occupied the streets of Hong Kong from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Chater Garden in Central.

Police estimate 111,800 marchers attended this time, compared to 98,600 for July 1.

Then how is it that today's march ended at 6.30pm and past 10pm on July 1?

Obviously someone tallied the numbers wrong...

In any event, the march today screwed up my plans to hit the gym in the early afternoon. I should have gotten off the bus at Douglas Street, just before Landmark, thinking there would be a closer stop, but I was wrong. I took the bus all the way to Immigration Tower in Wan Chai and had to fight the Food Expo crowds going to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to get to the MTR to return to Central.

As I crossed the overpass, it seemed like I had seen the last bit of the marchers and thought it was funny that the march ended so quickly because there didn't seem to be anyone behind the group that was approaching Southorn Playground.

And when I got to Central, the head of the march hadn't arrived yet.

The marchers seemed to go past the Chater Garden finish...
However, after I finished my swim over an hour later, there were still lots of people marching -- obviously in drips and drabs.

There was talk of many being coerced into participating, lured by the prospect of having a work day off or some kind of monetary reward (perhaps funded by an entity based in Western), or people, many elderly, were bussed in to make it easier for them to get to the starting point.

Anti-Occupy Central co-founder Robert Chow Yung must be extremely pleased with the turnout, despite having only 900 people showing up to run the same route earlier in the morning. They were hoping for 10,000...

Some people who were interviewed for the march said they didn't want Occupy Central to happen because they worried about violence, which indicated the propaganda against the movement has effectively brain washed people.

No matter what side you are on, we all want a peaceful resolution of how universal suffrage will be implemented in 2017. Who said the Occupy Central people were planning to be violent? Civil disobedience does not equal violence.

It's interesting the Occupy Central camp hasn't done much to clear up this serious piece of misinformation, and they were exposed as being naive by leaks of Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's emails who donated money to their cause.

In the meantime, it's not surprising but disappointing to see Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has signed the anti-Occupy Central petition, along with Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man, Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim, and Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po.

Leung made sure the media covered his public signing the petition and when reporters asked about him taking sides, he said: "There is no neutrality in it. There is no 'middle area' between breaking the law and not breaking the law".

So the ball is now back in Occupy Central's court, though it's interesting to note senior Beijing officials will meet all 70 Hong Kong lawmakers in Shenzhen next week for a last-ditch attempt at resolving electoral reforms for the 2017 election of the next chief executive.

Even though many people have been out of Hong Kong for the holidays, the city has been anything but quiet these days...


  1. Patriotic March My Behind: Each Anti-Occupy 'protester' is paid 300 HKD, a free banquet meal AND free transportation to/from home. Who wouldn't 'protest' Anti-Occupy with perks like these...

    Those who signed the Anti-Occupy also flawed with multiple identical signatures counted, mainland students and employers forcing their employees to sign, and offering fruit plates to karaoke go-ers if they sign the anti-occupy forms.

    China and Beijing is overplaying its hand with regards to Occupy Central.

    1. HI nulle -- Most of us know how the anti-Occupy Central movement works... it seems to have a big war chest and many big people on its side, including Leung Chun-ying.

      Some people interviewed didn't seem to have any idea why they were there, and some even dragged their domestic helpers along to boost numbers...