Hong Kong: Making History Again

Live blogs to follow #OccupyCentral (#佔領中環):
http://www.rightnow.io/breaking-news/occupycentral-afp-hk-mongkok_bn_1413935825198.htmladded NOVEMBER 5, 2014 –Thanks @RightNowIO_Feed

UPDATE September 30, 2014
Here is live video coverage from the Apple Daily (蘋果日報):
Apple Daily Feed ended next day
Here’s a new Tumblr Blog set up for the #Umbrella http://hongkongumbrellarevolution.tumblr.com

Here’s the new live feed [in Cantonese]:

Click here if it says “We’re sorry, but this video is unavailable on this device.”

UPDATE: October 1, 2014.

Just realized the Reddit blog already has links to live coverage of #OccupyCentral -> now #OccupyHK + #UmbrellaRevolution:

The Hong Kong government said that the protests would stop normal operations of Hong Kong doing its things as an international financial center, thanks to blocking traffic. So if you’re in Hong Kong, you can keep up with the traffic situation here:

Unlike the current traffic situation though, the internet is really fast, and has already set up a wikipedia page on the #Umbrella Revolution:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hong_Kong_protests

What are they protesting about?

  • Their inept governor who is too weak to stand up to BeiJing and truly represents the interests of Hong Kong –who the Hong Kong people never voted in
  • The right to choose their own leader without preconditions (REAL DEMOCRACY) set by BeiJing –which is evermore encroaching

So how did we get here? It all started with negotiation between British and PRC delegates discussing the handover. The British originally floated the idea of extending the lease for another hundred years, but that was shot down. So everybody settled on the terms of the handover. Then came the TianAnMen Square Massacre of 1989. EVERYBODY panicked. If China can come in and run students over with tanks, and shoot at them, will they do the same to Hong Kong?

Here’s a clip [in Cantonese] describing that sense of fear from that time:

Somehow, the British overlooked this fear, and managed to secure the clause of “50 years without change” (五十年不變), which meant that Hong Kong would not become a communist backwater overnight. To ensure this, China guaranteed Hong Kong a “high degree of sovereignty” (高度自治), and promised it wouldn’t interfere in Hong Kong’s internal affairs. Sound reasonable, right?

Then came the influx of mainland Chinese into Hong Kong. These aren’t immigrants looking for a brighter future in a freer China, these are people coming down to grab things, sometimes even buying products to sell back up north, because the safety can’t be guaranteed in China, which means less supplies for everyday Hong Kong people, and driving prices even higher. Then, there are the mainland Chinese mothers who crowd up the public and private hospitals, leaving no space for Hong Kong mothers, because they know the medical treatment in Hong Kong is better than China, and also because this would grant their children Hong Kong citizenship, which means access to local Hong Kong schools. You can say the Hong Kong people are now annoyed, and the central government sensed it. So they said Hong Kong people need “Nationalist Education”. The attempts at brainwashing Hong Kong people to love China didn’t go over well. Here’s the crucial part: BeiJing released the “white papers” in June, describing the terms of electing Hong Kong’s leader. Hong Kong gets to choose, as long as they choose the candidates BeiJing has already chosen for them. Plus, as far as sovereignty is concerned: BeiJing giveth, BeiJing taketh. So if BeiJing can give sovereignty one moment, only to take it away the next, what else will they take away from Hong Kong people? If they can do this with Hong Kong, what will they do with any other treaty they sign with the rest of the world?

Recently, Martin Lee (李柱銘), a prominent civil rights lawyer was ridiculed at an #OccupyCentral event for his viewpoint that the student protests in Hong Kong, is for a better China overall, and will bring great change. Yet, as what was mentioned above, tensions are still high, and some local Hong Kong students are more worried about Hong Kong itself. But I have to agree with Martin. BeiJing sees it that way too, otherwise, they wouldn’t be so worried.

Taiwan’s Sisy Chen (陳文茜) interviewed Martin Lee on the terms of thought behind the terms in which were settled by the British and PRC delegates (Initial overiew in Mandarin, interview in English):

Whether or not the students realize this, these protests aren’t just for Hong Kong, it’s for all of China. Whether or not they like that pressure, a lot rests on their shoulders.

Corollary: September 30, 2014

COROLLARY: October 1, 2014
Careful! Make sure you download the right apps!

UPDATE: October 22, 2014
On Wednesday OCT22, students and government representatives came together to discuss issues. The video in the embed is in Cantonese:

This, after, a recent uptick in clashes between protestors and police:

Because the government claimed “清除不等如清場” (Removing barricades does not amount to removing protestors). But that’s exactly what they ended up doing. They brought back the pepper spray and the teargas.


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