On June 7th, 2010, hundreds of activists – mostly from Hong Kong’s Muslim community – descended upon Victoria Park and marched to the Admiralty Police Station, near the de-facto Israeli consulate. This was in response to Israel’s killing of activists in international waters, who were attempting to deliver aid to Gaza.
See also: Gaza Rally 2009
On March 13th, 2010, I joined Christina Chan at the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong to protest the continued occupation of Tibet. The police presence was around 4:1 for each protester, around double last year‘s ratio. The following photos are from the local press, scroll down for video.
Activists hold vigil to mark Tibet riots
South China Morning Post, Mar 14, 2010
About 20 people held a candle-light vigil last night outside the central government’s liaison office to mark the riots in Tibet two years ago.
A scuffle broke out when several activists tried to hang a banner and a snow lion flag – a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement – on the office’s front gate. Police officers guarding the gate threatened to use pepper spray as the activists – including Christina Chan Hau-man, one of the organisers of the vigil – tried to push their way forward.
One person was slightly injured, the group said. Chan, a prominent student activist, was arrested in January over the alleged assault of a policewoman during a pro-democracy protest on New Year’s Day outside the liaison office. She is on bail. Last night the group was marking events in Tibet.
Printed in today’s Standard with regards to the Guangzhou Rail Link protests.
“It was most exasperating to be amongst the vast majority of peaceful protesters, who sat for hours and days outside LEGCO earlier this month, only to see the scene depicted as a war-zone by the local media. At no point were there more than a dozen demonstrators resisting and pushing police lines. As usual, they were surrounded and outnumbered by photographers, with sharpened elbows, eager to capture the most sensational angle. Most concerned citizens who turned up had been busy chanting, watching live LEGCO footage and sharing ideas and food, yet the focus is permanently on a few anomalous seconds of supposed ‘violence’.
Almost as frustrating was Tsang’s clueless response to the Rail Link dissenters. Somehow he believes that the real issue was the government’s failure to engage us young people though Facebook and Twitter. Our so-called representatives are dreaming if they think that the same old message published through new technology will have any more impact. Perhaps until we are finally deemed mature enough for full democracy; the government would be wise to do less talking and more listening.”
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Thousands of protesters gathered for several days and weeks outside of HK’s LEGCO building in largely peaceful demonstrations against the construction of a high-speed rail link to Guangzhou.
The project is the most expensive rail project in the world (HK$66.9 billion) and would involve the needless destruction of countryside and villages in the New Territories, despite there already being rail and road links to the mainland city. Further, a new link would only cut the current two-hour journey time by around 20-30 minutes, as it would terminate 15 metro stations away from the city centre. In a prime example of unlected officials putting profit before people, the legistlation passed on 16.1.10 amdist heavy protest in the surrounding Statue Square in Central.
See the Wikipedia for more on the rail link and the impact of the ‘Post-80s‘ generation and their
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Hong Kong’s Sing Tao newsgroup owns the territory’s second largest Chinese language newspaper and its only free English daily. Their pro-government stance has stood both before and after the 1997 handover to China, switching its support to Beijing after Hong Kong was returned to Chinese control as a Special Administrative Region. Sing Tao’s global circulation is second only to the International Herald Tribune and it has aligned itself with several mainland news outfits.
In 1996 several staff members were arrested by HK’s anti-corruption unit after manipulating circulation figures. In 2001, Sing Tao’s Canadian arm was issued an injunction by Quebec Supreme Court for describing the Falun Gong as an ‘evil cult’.
Recently, a spate of poorly-written editorials by Mary Ma have caused upset amongst their English newspaper’s readership, who – being generally immigrants and ex-pats – do not share her conservative, anti-democratic, pro-CCP politics.
In May, a letter I wrote was printed questioning Ms Ma’s dismissal of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
My latest letter questions another controversial editorial in which Ma slammed “frequent… ugly… radical” activists speaking up on behalf of the majority of Hong Kongers.