Universal suffrage. Democracy. Freedom. These are things that are valued across the entire planet and are believed everyone has a right to. No exceptions for race, nationality or ethnicity.
Now let me tell you something about what is happening in Hong Kong at this very second.
While birds circle around the prosperous harbour city’s skyscrapers, in the streets below, the people of Hong Kong are holding a peaceful protest. No violence has always been a policy in our city - and if the white flags lack of any weapons don’t attest to that fact I don’t know what will.
These people have been crouching on cold streets since yesterday. All work has stalled, every one the 849 schools is out and traffic has ground to a standstill. All of Hong Kong is held in a gridlock - the likes of which no one has seen before.
These protests are for the values you see above. Universal suffrage. Democracy. Freedom. Although democracy has been promised us in 2017, in 2008 we were told that the only elections to be held in Hong Kong would be from a small pool (2-3 people) of predesignated candidates. (All of which would almost certainly have pro-Beijing and pro-China sentiments - a view that is by no means representative of the Hong Kong population.)
This protest is the largest political protest ever to take place in Hong Kong since our independence from the UK in 1997, and an estimated number of 50, 000 people have joined.
They’re all sitting on the streets.
And what does the government do?
Police are sent in, riot police with guns and batons. In the above images you can see fully equipped riot police, who are shooting at peaceful protestors with rubber bullets and tear gas while destroying all makeshift medical facilities we have set up, and banning the injured from entering hospitals. People are dying, and if this isn’t Ferguson enough for you, then I don’t know what is.
There are rumours that the PLA, or the Chinese ARMY is being brought into the city tonight to cool down the protests. The fucking army. People are going to die.
Raise awareness and spread it, because over here in Hong Kong children are suffering alongside their parents and grandparents, in an attempt to finally be free from forced rule. All we want is a true democracy.
Why can’t we finally have it?
WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD ABOUT THIS