Saturday, 15 November 2014

Denied Entry to Motherland

The three seats where the student leaders were supposed to sit on the plane
You really can't fault the students for trying.

They attempted to speak to the Hong Kong government. Finally there was a "debate" that the students won hands down through public opinion, but then nothing more has happened, because really it's Beijing that instructs the Leung administration on what to do.

Then the students suggested the pan-democrats resign en masse to trigger an election as a kind of referendum, but these politicians were too scared to actually lose their seats.

And then earlier this afternoon student leaders tried to escalate things by attempting to go to Beijing to petition their case.

But they only got as far as Hong Kong International Airport.

Three representatives of the Federation of Students tried to board a Dragon Air flight to Beijing earlier this evening but were denied the opportunity to even leave Hong Kong.

Apparently their home return permits were invalid...

Perhaps someone above instructed Dragon Air not to process their tickets? Even on the flight there were three seats with stickers on them with a red line running through them, indicating these were where the three students, including Alex Chow Yong-kang were supposed to sit.

It's also quite ironic, as someone on Twitter pointed out: "Denied entry into a country whose government insists that you belong to it?"

How true.

And how sad.

No one is taking these students seriously except their supporters, which is making this battle even more frustrating. These are the very people Beijing needs to woo and yet it denies them the opportunity to step foot in the motherland.

Just as well. I was concerned that if they did have that slim chance of entering the Chinese capital, they might attempt a public protest and then they might disappear into a black jail somewhere...

One would have thought the trio would have been allowed onto the plane but then turned back in Beijing. However, authorities obviously thought they'd save them the trouble.

There was an impromptu protest at the airport which didn't last long.

And then what happened in Admiralty tonight? Even more people showed up again...

As I said, you can't fault the students for trying to move things forward.


  1. another part of the problem is with hong kong society. Everyone seems to care only about making money, or just to survive and NOT caring about the rights being eroded to third-world (or second-class citizen) status.

    I posed this:
    If you lost your rights and your freedoms, what's the point of having a large amount of money if it is only meant a very guilded cage?

    1. nulle -- With Occupy people have woken up about caring about their rights. It might not be a majority, but it's a good number of people.