Skip to comments.In Hong Kong, Tens of Thousands to March for Democracy
Posted on 06/30/2014 11:52:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
July 1 marks 17 years since the former British colony became a Chinese Special Administrative Region. Calls for popular representation are growing ever fiercer in the freewheeling metropolis
When typhoons begin to lash along Asias coastlines each midsummer, Hong Kong usually manages to escape serious damage, since storms in the South China Sea tend to lose their muster over the Philippines and Taiwan by the time they make landfall. Some locals will cheekily boast that the city, constructed across an archipelago and on a peninsula extending south of the Chinese mainland, is protected by an invisible dome that blocks out these tempests.
But weathering political storms may be a different story for the former British colony, now a semiautonomous territory under the controversial domain of the Beijing government. On one hand, inside this proverbial dome a vibrant society enjoying free press and rule of law has flourished alongside or rather, within the last superpower on earth to describe itself as a communist state. On the other, some conflicting visions of this duality have spurred a more existential political unhappiness in Hong Kong, one that some believe is approaching boiling point.
On Tuesday, up to 500,000 people are slated to march on the citys central financial district, in what in years past has encompassed myriad domestic grievances while commemorating the official end of British rule 17 years ago. This years protest, however, forms the loudest testament yet to mounting opposition to just one thing: China.
We have waited for democracy for so long, but year after year its been bad news, 21-year-old Lee Kan-tat, a liberal student activist, said on Tuesday morning in Hong Kongs Victoria Park, where the march starts.
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Open a few churches of Protestants and Catholics amd it’s over...
I was in Hong Kong the year before Britain relinquished sovereignty. It’s an amazing place.
I remember the “handover” ceremony on tv that day. The two news anchors covering the event for the local news couldn’t help but express their wonderment. In fact, the anchorette said, “Amazing. Freedom breaking out all over.”