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What’s In Stall for Gloomy Hong Kong?

July 25, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This article is a week or two late… or more… apologies, partly due to my two-month absence from Hong Kong. Although I was half a world away, Hong Kong’s 7 million strong population did not hesitate to raise headlines. Kicking off with the “622 Civil Referendum Vote” that led to the biggest yet, yearly July 1st march, with the continuously ineffective and increasingly ignorant government and the PRC being the target.

Much of the frustration with the government accumulated throughout the year with the inefficiency of the government to pass helpful legislations and welfare plans, the continuous denial and ignorance of moving towards universal suffrage and most importantly, the inability of Hong Kong to maintain it’s autonomy. Most of which was then once again cemented and reiterated clearly in a black and white document from the PRC. The PRC has specific targets for Hong Kong, most of which prepares this Special Administrative Region to once again rejoin it’s supposed socialist motherland, as Xinhua News Agency clearly stated, to strengthen the socialist sentiment nationwide, to once again dim the lights of hope, to eliminate all the outliers of the “China Dream”.

Hong Kong’s rights and the Hong Kong’s population rights remain unclear and blurred at this very point, the road to democracy is not getting any clearer either. Leading much to question the future of Hong Kong, the consequences after the year 2046, or if we even have the chance to make it to 2046 (With what’s going on now… Chances are… we would’ve probably become a socialist product/baby of the motherland factory). The Hong Kong population is vulnerable, with close to zero chance of impacting proper and effective change. Hands and feet bound, the Hong Kong population did what it knew best, to use their voices to generate noise, to retaliate and put up a fight against the PRC’s tightening grip.

The “622 Civil Referendum” was run by the HKUPOP, which was then outsourced to larger host servers due to the volume of votes needed to process and the hopes of having better internet security to fend from Chinese hackers. The aim was to attain support for an “Occupy” movement targeting universal suffrage. When the time came to vote, the servers reported immense amounts of hacks, most probably from the PRC themselves, in hopes of dampening the spirits of “troublemakers”. Likewise, state-run media outlets have obviously published reports calling the movement illegal (Question: One, how illegal can an UNOFFICIAL online poll be? Two, why don’t we censor the buzzfeed quizzes and polls while we’re at it?) and threw some shade threats of army deploying…

All this ultimately trickled down towards the July 1st protest.  Where a record breaking number of people participated in the protest. The government’s weak attempt to hush the protest failed, the protest dragged on for hours longer than it actually had to. The government’s puppets, the Hong Kong Police, tried to be discreet with carrying out the government’s wishes but only fuelled further discontent. I applaud the display of power and affection to our home by it’s rightful residents. We can only hope that these efforts are not gone to waste and that this will only continue.

I feel blessed given the autonomy and freedom that I am able to enjoy as a Hong Konger. But are we actually free? Digging deeper, one can only realise that our rights are almost a hoax, one to trick us into believing the hollow beauty of Hong Kong.

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