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Starting on Monday, thousands of university students in Hong Kong have been gathering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tamar Park (outside the government offices) to protest the National People Congress (NPC) of China’s decision to restrict the right to vote for Chief Executive, the city’s highest political leader in 2017.
Article 45 of the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s own mini-constitution implemented after the handover from Britain to China in 1997) states that the Chief Executive should be chosen by universal suffrage as an eventual goal. Time and time again the Communist Party of China have dodged/shut down any democratic progress. Last month the NPC announced that they would continue using the 1200-member committee, consisting of members loyal to the Communist Party, to vote for our CE. THIS IS ILLEGAL. THIS IS SHAM DEMOCRACY AND SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.
The sit-in of university students belongs to a movement called ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ and is led by The Hong Kong Federation of Students (schedule and declaration of the strike included). This act of civil disobedience consists of absolute non-violence. It consists of free public lectures offered by university professors and writers on topics like Orwell’s ‘1984’, history of Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy, Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight to end injustice etc etc. I was one of the students sitting in Tamar Park on Tuesday and Thursday and it was one of the most rewarding, educational and, I must emphasise, peaceful political activities I have ever witnessed.
On Friday, high school students led by the student group Scholarism joined in the protest. They marched to Civic Square, pleading for our current CE to come out of his offices and listen to their requests, just like he promised during his ‘campaign’ in 2012. More and more citizens joined in the protest after work.
The police started cutting off access to Civic Square, which is a publicly owned area. They used shields to form a blockade against the protestors and started pushing them back. When people resisted with umbrellas, they started using clubs and pepper spray on the protestors, who started putting both of their hands up to show they are unarmed. Many students who managed to rush in Civic Square are arrested, including the leading of Scholarism. Many of them have visible injuries caused by police brutality and some of them still haven’t been released from police custody.
THE FIGHT IS STIL GOING ON. PEOPLE ARE STILL CROWDING OUTSIDE CIVIC SQUARE AND TAMAR. Resources are running thin and the police are still threatening violence. Some of my friends are at the protest and they are continuing the struggle despite the risks. It is predicted that the police will escalate their brutality with tear gas, more pepper spray and water cannons against innocent, peaceful protestors, many of them teenagers.
You can watch Occupy Central live here: x (Apple Daily livestream)
I know tumblr is a US-centric place but PLEASE PLEASE SPARE A SECOND TO REBLOG THIS POST. Hong Kong is a tiny city. We are anything but a formidable force in international politics. The only thing we can do is raise awareness among the world and force our corrupt government to answer to our protests.
PLEASE HELP US.
Solidarity to #HongKong activists facing down tear gas & riot police. #HKStudentStrike #OccupyCentral
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Social Networking News Flash Hong Kong Police Unleash Tear Gas on Protestershttp://socialnetworkingnews.org/hong-kong-police-unleash-tear-gas-on-protesters/
Hong Kong police dispersed tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters Sunday with tear gas and batons following a tense standoff in which demonstrators from the Occupy Central movement blocked a key road in the government district, defying warnings against illegal protests. This…
Please read about what has happened/is happening in Hong Kong right now.
In late-August, the central government of China announced its decision on the process of the 2017 election for the Chief Executive. Contradicting to the demands of a number of the public expressed in the course of the last few months, the central government decided that the chief executive election in 2017 would not allow nomination from the public, but candidates would be presented through a nomination committee consisting of an approximately thousand people (tentative).
As this format of election would not make the election more open or democratic, as people believe that the nomination committee could do an unjust screening of pro-democracy or anti-china candidates, the Hong Kong Federation of Students and the Scholarism proposed a class boycott in Hong Kong, the last week for university students and on Friday for secondary students. This was the largest class boycott in Hong Kong in this century, and had raised much attention in the society. Hundreds of secondary students skipped class and joined lectures about the issue while being in protestaion.
It was a peaceful fight for a democratic future until at around ten last night, students started trying to enter the square outside the government headquarter, where civilians also stayed at two years ago and successfully stopped the inplementation of civic education classes. And where the police had blocked people from entering that night.
Even though the students did not carry any weapons or have any intention of violence, the police stopped the protestors by using an extremely large amount of pepper spray to people who were not able to attack and even hitting them with batons. The police also stopped citizens from sending aid and commodities such as water, pills and breakfast this morning. One of the protestors had a heart attack last night, and the police did not allow ambulance to get into the square until thirty minutes later. The students and citizens stayed at the square persisting that the chief executive CY Leung to face the public and respond to their actions, until they were carried away and arrested.
As a Hong Kong citizen and student, this is a devastation. Not only did the government choose not to reach out to the citizens after their strong expression of opinion, the violence that the police decided to apply on citizens was far from acceptable. The students were not able to defend and were unlikely to actually attack anyone or make any harm, but the police chose to use this extreme strategy on these protesters. Although this event was over in a way, there is no doubt that this degree of severity of police treatment to the protesters. DEMOCRACY IS DEFINITELY WORTH FIGHTING FOR, BUT HOW THE POLICE FORCE DEALT WITH YESTERDAY’S AND TODAY’S PROTESTS IS A BIG HUMILIATION TO THESE FIGHTERS. I am worried, but I am still hopeful that everthing will turn out better.