It is such a shame that wherever you look on the internet, on Google, The Guardian, South China Morning Post (this one’s sort of expected to be biased for the protestors), even Tumblr (where all the smart people blog), articles supporting the inane Occupy Central protests continue to fester. The reason for this is apparent to me. The Occupy Central protest calls for democracy, and immediately the word brings to mind concepts like “freedom”, and “liberty”, and “peace”, all these lovely words that really have no real context to what democracy actually is. As an outsider, it is not clear to me exactly what sort of democracy Occupy Central is actually looking for. It can’t possibly be that they are making this huge fuss just to protest against China’s intervention in the 2018 elections, am I right? It doesn’t make sense! Why would anyone protest against their own motherland, their own sovereign?
Democracy, as I reiterate once again, is Greek for “power of male citizens” (that shouldn’t sit right with some people, particularly a one half of homo sapiens). And as I have always said, democracy is not “one size fits all”. If a country is not ready for it, forcing it to adopt another political system is idealistic and certainly cannot be practical. If it aint’ broke, don’t fix it. Democracy is not, as the Occupy Central populace would have it, an idealistic form of governance that guarantees a whole range of individual freedoms, rights, civility, and liberties. Less the ambiguity of the said terms, someone actually wrote on SCMP as a definition for “civility”, “a process that is accepted as just by the majority of the people, a process that is reasonable to convey power to whomever [then proceeds to claim that Mao’s regime is still present today in China (nonsense as Mao’s policies have been reformed since 1982 when Deng Xiaopeng came along)]”. Aside from the fact that this person fabricated a definition out of nowhere, the response shows what these protesters think they’re protesting for. They believe Hong Kong does not already have a political process where the people can vote for their preferred governor.
From my limited understanding, everybody can certainly have a vote in Hong Kong. The sovereign, China, merely directs the path of the city in order to promote better political and economic relations between the two. There is nothing wrong with that. The English sovereign, the Queen, has been controlling its vast commonwealth empire that way since… forever. Not to mention, that hardly impedes upon the livelihoods of the people, especially when bettering the relationship actually allows Hong Kong to progress and develop infrastructurally and economically. Under Chief Executive CY Leung’s governance as a representative for the Pro-Beijing camp, there has never been more progress happening in Hong Kong eg. The continued development of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Hong Kong-Zhu Hai-Macau Bridge, the Urban Renewal Proposals, etc. On the contrary, all that the Occupy Central protests have done is hinder progress.
Just today, as reported by DPA International, protesters at the Lung Wo Road have been “charging the police cordon and throwing objects from height”, as well as “snatching police mills barriers and setting up roadblocks with plastic boards and drainage covers”. DRAINAGE COVERS – the heavy stuff that lines the city’s drainage system, which either police or the social workers (who are mostly elderly persons) have to lift off and put back in place. Not to mention, any unfortunate vehicle can easily get trapped in the holes left by the removal of said drainage covers. And “throwing objects from height”? Really?!
I cannot believe people are still buying the “Love and Peace” propaganda spread by the pro-democrats. The movement is hardly peaceful. Even from the outset, the protest was bound to lead to violence. It is not peaceful and not appreciated that the protesters are pushing their ideals onto the rest of the silent majority; the busiest district in Hong Kong had been blocked for, god forbid, weeks; people who had been looking forward to the Golden Week were left disappointed. The protest is hardly the example of peace. A few photographs on the internet showing a small handful of people cleaning after themselves hardly portrays the full ramifications of this anarchic protest. No wonder people are getting beat up, and they can hardly blame the police of all people for their misfortunes. If someone doesn’t want to get hurt, stay at home and act with a bit of civility. Get a job. Yelling obscenities into a microphone on the streets is noise pollution, dancing around wearing masks made of plastic wrap is simply untasteful, sleeping on the streets is unhygienic, and why on earth should the government listen to demands made by a bunch of inexperienced teenagers brainwashed by Western politics (do see research done by Tony Cartalucci in the Land Destroyer Report regarding the American-backed soft recolonization program)?
The manner of which Chief Executive Leung is handling this protest deserves a big pat on the back. If he acts too iron-fisted, the brainwashed group will call him a tyrant. If he acts too soft and give in, he is hardly dignified to even consider lowering himself to their level. Waiting it out until the steam blows off or until the silent majority is provoked to the point of no return seems like the best course of action to take. It retains the integrity of the Chief Executive and at the same time allowing the situation to diffuse on its own accord, and it certainly helps without the mindless complaints.
But the fact of the matter is that no matter what I write on this blog, people are still going to continue to buy into pro-democratic propaganda and be influenced by romanticized portrayals of Occupy Central. The protest it most definitely not a good image for Hong Kong. I am disgraced to see the beautiful and elegant concrete jungle that is Hong Kong tarnished by images of anarchists acting like hooligans. If I had my way, I’d have them all arrested and thrown into a pit so nobody has to deal with them.