On 31 August 2014 China National People’s Congress Standing Committee set a powder keg in Hong Kong canyons by shutting the gate on Hong Kong resident’s aspirations so that they could elect their own leader rather than pro Beijing puppets under the ‘one country and two systems.’ Also there seems to have been an undercurrent of growing dissatisfaction among the local public due to the cankered blighted public service failures over affordable housing, growing grievances failing the grass roots and too much kowtowing to Beijing playing hard ball political parlour games. The HK government already was aware something was brewing in the form of a civil disobedience of Occupying Central (OC) intent in closing roads in the main financial and government offices area. The government leadership kept their heads in the sand and made no effort to head off the potential trouble to avoid possible street confrontations. Emotional loaded large crowds should be
avoided in any country only engendering skunk dirty works to go to work to disrupt even the most well meaning peaceful protests.
Disappointed HK bright students over the lack of government efforts over constitutional reform and concerns over their future lit the fuse and conjoined with OC parties started street protests. On 28 September large crowds assembled but mainly peaceful protested against the HK CEO C.Y. Leung’s Beijing supported suffocating administration. The invisible CEO, Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Police failed to walk up to the plate to seek a dialogue with the protestors and hid out of sight behind video cameras. The well armed 3,000 police impatiently turned on the protestors using pepper spray and tear gas into a mini Tiananmen disaster against protestors
armed with only brollies. Following more baton charges only incensed the protestors further who split into three camps erecting barricades closing roads. The inevitable happened with paid thugs waded into peaceful protestors in Kowloon.
Unfortunately the protestations has led to inconvenience for commuters while small shopkeepers, taxi and mini bus operators lost income. Regrettably the court injunctions issued on protest spots were ignored the corner stone of our HK law for 150 years.
It questions the HK administration has lost their compass bearings while the protestors stay put on the morale high ground camps. On the whole this civil disobedience ‘umbrella movement’ decency and behaviour has gained the admiration worldwide and put HK on the international media circus map.
As universal law states: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Money obsessed HK people may have to chose between shekels or freedom.