Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Another Dark Day

The scene around 6.30pm on Harcourt Road with more people streaming in
This morning I was out of the office and by the time I came back at lunchtime, my colleagues were excitedly telling me the story of a guy who was arrested by the police and seven of them allegedly dragged him to a dark alley and started kicking and punching him. This was all recorded on video and has gone viral.

On the TV I saw scenes of the man, now identified as Ken Tsang, a social worker and member of the Civic Party, and of the nominating committee for the chief executive representing the welfare sector, sitting on a stretcher being wheeled out of an ambulance and into Ruttonjee Hospital. He may have aggravated the police by pouring liquid on them, but is there a need for a group of officers to beat someone up who is defenseless?

One side street still blocked with protesters, police watch
Like the pepper spray teargas over two weeks ago, this alleged beating has further eroded people's respect for the Hong Kong Police. They seem to be under orders to use excessive force without regard for what the consequences will be. No wonder protesters are now calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung.

Meanwhile Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has cancelled his much-anticipated Q & A tomorrow, with his spokesperson citing the recent conflicts police had with protesters, and how protesters were called to be near the Legislative Council during that time. Some speculate it's because Leung needs to give Beijing more time to figure out how he would answer all these questions...

Then there is the added fiasco of his receiving HK$50 million from an Australian engineering firm, and now news that he asked for another HK$37 million as part of the same of his company...

Hundreds of tents are near the government offices at Tamar
Internationally what is being done about the situation? While China insists other countries not meddle in its internal affairs -- a favourite line -- the Democratic Party is taking the issue to the attention of the UN Human Rights' committee meeting next week in Geneva.

They will explain why Beijing's decision on Hong Kong election reform fails to comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. But will anything be done to alleviate the situation?

Around 6.30pm I wandered into the protest area on Harcourt Road. There weren't as many people as before, though there are reports that after I left, the crowds swelled to about 2,000 people.

There were young children around 5 or 6 years old doing their homework, people listening to speeches, but much fewer people on the flyover towards Central.

Batman to save the Umbrella Movement?
At the end of the barricades by the Hong Kong Club, a middle-aged man gave a speech while another man jumped in to add his views. Where in Hong Kong do people have such open discourse on politics? And with complete strangers?

The situation is fluid and who knows what will happen tonight. We can only hope Ken Tsang's alleged beating is the first and last violent incident for the Umbrella Revolution.


  1. I used to feel assured when I saw Hong Kong police near where I was. Not anymore.

  2. the HK Police is just another License Organized Thugs (or Triads).

    My question to everyone, how much more suffering or violence it takes for the majority 'citizens' of HK to march onto the streets? Or Maybe these 'citizens' are becoming a bunch of flat-slaves too scared to speak their minds becoming CCP sheeps.

    Looks like HK is paying addt'l 10% for contaminated Dongguan water