Hong Kong this evening: you are NOT alone

I rarely make comments on political issues, for a variety of reasons. But I can hardly stand by and watch, saying nothing when my television screen and my Facebook feed bring me  tortured images of a community that I shared so much of my life with, on the verge of anarchy.

Tear gas fired onto the streets of Hong Kong (pictures from S.C.M.P)

Tear gas fired onto the streets of Hong Kong (pictures from S.C.M.P)

Tear gas? On the streets of my beloved Hong Kong? For what reason?

In 1984, when the Wicked Witch of the West, A.K.A. Margaret Thatcher, sold Hong Kong’s future down the river, we knew that there was a distinct possibility that China might not honour their side of the deal, ensuring a stable society for at least the first fifty years after the handover. Here we are, seventeen years in, with exactly what free-thinking Democratic Party members feared. But those of us who believe in developing good relations, promoting the idea of co-operative learning from each other through understanding our similarities and recognising our humanity in each other, feel terribly betrayed by the Chinese government’s shocking refusal to allow universal suffrage in the election of representatives to high office.

China, you MUST honour your pledge to promote peace and stability. You must understand that the world will not stand for these bully-boy tactics.

Protesters get some harsh treatment from the HK Police

Protesters get some harsh treatment from the HK Police

The people on the streets in Central, in Causeway Bay and in Mong Kok this evening are not armed with any weapon other than that which is the most important. They have their faith in what is right.

Occupy Central stage a sit-in near government buildings

Occupy Central stage a sit-in near government buildings

I am saddened by these terrible scenes of chaos and oppression.

Armed only with umbrellas, peaceful people attempt to protest the bullying tactics of the Chinese Government.

Armed only with umbrellas, peaceful people attempt to protest the bullying tactics of the Chinese Government.

I can only watch from afar, but I am thinking of my dear friends who are still there because Hong Kong is their home. I can only hope that the powers that be will come to their senses sooner rather than later.

This is a terrible night.

Support Hong Kong people in their bid for universal suffrage

Support Hong Kong people in their bid for universal suffrage

Please note: my pictures tonight are not *mine* – they are from the South China Morning Post’s website and from the BBC Newsfeed on Facebook.

 

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Posted on September 28, 2014, in Blogging, Hong Kong, the BBC and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. By the way liz ….. “Image daily” is now “one day at a time”. You’ll see why if you read it.

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  2. Never ‘appen in Yorkshire …… Oh yes – it did when Maggie was in charge! Remember her , the one who signed the “treaty” with the Chinese?

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    • Oh, yes Dave, and I recall the Miner’s Strike all too well. Mark was commuting to Leicester almost daily at that time, from Leeds and I recall being terrified the night of the scuffles in Ollerton – remember this was before universal mobile phones. He had broken down not far from the trouble, but thankfully because of the increased police presence, he was able to get help quickly and safely. No… there are not many people I would wish eternal damnation upon, but she is definitely one. Thanks for your support!

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  3. I am so sorry for your concern and worry for your friends. You have beautifully expressed a difficult emotionally ridden subject.

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