There’s a bit of a conflict simmering in Hong Kong as we speak. If I’m reading this right, in the blue corner we have freedom loving, free thinking anarchists who hold the crazy view that the cities top official should rise from democratically inspired nominations…someone who, maybe, oh I don’t know…can actually represent the attitudes, values and beliefs of the average man on the street. Insane! In the red corner, we have blinkered, mindless food chewers. These are the deeply deluded, hopelessly hoodwinked and pathetically patriotic non-thinkers who are OK with Beijing ordaining Hong Kong’s leading official and barring all those deemed ‘unacceptable’. Clearly the situation is wiggity, wiggity wack…but…lol…that’s Hong Kong for you.
So anyway, there’s been protests from the blue corner (see July 1st) and yesterday it seems a bunch of old people managed to tear themselves away from the coupon section of their free local MTR rag to assemble on behalf of the red corner. They were joined by paid ignorant youth groups from around Hong Kong and number swelling ranks of Indonesian and Filipino domestic helpers who, naturally, didn’t have a choice whether they wanted to be there or not. Here’s a few comments from the SCMP LIVE BLOG as the protest unfolded:
From the SCMP live comment blog –
“I don’t know, I’m just here to join the fun. I only know it’s for anti-Occupy Central.”
“Whistles blown half-heartedly can be heard from time to time but most people look indifferent. It seems like a march without a soul,”
“Occupy Central can’t be peaceful, it must break the law. That’s why I’m against it,”
“Occupy Central harms Hong Kong economy. There will be no overseas investment if Hong Kong society is always in a mess and full of anger. Hong Kong needs to be peaceful and political reform should progress slowly.”
“We are tourists,”
“The organisers are amateur and don’t have experience organising marches,”
“Even I don’t know what’s happening. It’s all messed up.”
“I come here to play, to buy things”. Another, an 18-year-old chef from Shenzhen, told Agence France-Presse that he was “not very sure” why he was taking part, and had only attended because his friend had asked him to.
The march is rather a lacklustre affair, according to Post reporters on the ground.
One marcher threw a tray of 24 eggs at members of People Power, who support the Occupy movement, but the eggs hit a woman police officer – No arrest?
“Jia you” they shout in Putonghua, which roughly translates as: “Try your best, you can do it!”
“This is the most organised protest I have covered over the years,” writes Post reporter Jeffie Lam. (good patriot)
Wong Xu, 28, a media worker from the northeast Liaoning province is among the marchers. He said he came to Hong Kong to visit his friends and took the opportunity to join the march.
One woman said: “I am here to oppose Occupy Central as it will mess up Hong Kong … political reform? What is political reform?”
They are speaking in the Fujian dialect and many are reluctant to take any questions from reporters.
“3.05pm: A number of South Asian men have joined the protest, dressed in the red shirts carrying the logo of the Federation of Hong Kong Shenzhen Association. One participant, who did not give his name, refused to say whether they were being paid to join the march. “We are tourists,” he said.”
“4.20pm: One woman taking part told the Post that she had only joined the march after direct pressure from her seniors at work. The woman, who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, said she was from Hong Kong but some of her colleagues had travelled from Shenzhen. “I would not have joined if there was no pressure,” she said, adding that she normally took part in Hong Kong’s July 1 demonstration.”
Is there a conclusion to any of this? The Occupy Central movement wants democracy and are prepared to…occupy Central in protest for it. The pro-government rallyists fear such a protest will bring Hong Kong to its financial knees forever because bankers won’t be able to get into Central to work for a day…or something. At least, that’s what they say…what they wont outwardly say of course is that it’s the idea of democratically nominated candidates that is the real boogeyman. The Chinese government is not prepared to entertain the idea of a Hong Kong where people are encouraged to think for themselves or have a fair say in decision making. What they want, without barely a skerrick of pretense otherwise, is good old fashioned tight Chinese control. Accusing Occupy Central groups of ‘sabotaging Hong Kong finance’ is a piss-weak deflection away from what really worries them and what historically has always worried the Chinese – free thinkers and people who question authority.
Visually impaired Freddy could see that quicker than you could shout try your best, you can do it!
“Jia you” they shout in Putonghua, which roughly translates as: “Try your best, you can do it!”??
LOL…try your best, you can do it the pro-government protesters shouted? Try your best? You can do it? Do what?? Try your best, you can attend a protest as a paid volunteer? Try your best as a Filipino domestic helper to show your love for Beijing? How fucked in the head are these people??
Very fucked in the head judging by all this residual reportage concerning ‘protestors for hire’…
- An organization called Hong Kong Youth Association paid protestors $250 each and bussed them in from Yuen Long today. Elsie Leung Oi-sie, ( 梁愛詩) is one of the top board members of the organization. Here’s the report:
An undercover reporter managed to get an invitation and got onto the bus. She videoed the whole affair including the payment of money.
- PENSIONERS JOIN PRO-GOVERNMENT MARCH – “It is normal to have a little bit of a subsidy when you are at a march. Some (marches) give more, some less, but this time we only get a little money for food,” Chan Chiu-fat, 55, said. In a Whatsapp message seen by Reuters, people were offered HK$350 ($45) to attend the rally “for five hours”. The message sender, however, declined to provide their name or background
So…the pro-government movement recruits the young and gullible (by bribing them), old aged pensioners (also by bribing them) and Indonesian & Filipino domestic helpers (by ordering them)…to fight the evil monster that is the right to fair and democratic election?
Now, I don’t know shit from shit…but that sounds pretty wack!
PS…for a seriously good analysis of this whole affair go no further than this article from biglychee.com
HONG KONG’S BIZARRE ‘FUJIANESE AGAINST FREEDOM’ MARCH:
Here’s a rather large snippet…
Yesterday’s ‘Alliance for Peace and Democracy’ procession against Occupy Central is officially portrayed as the silent majority opposing lawlessness and disaster. It mainly highlighted the weirdness resulting from the political/social/cultural gap between the Chinese government and the mainstream Hong Kong population.
When the forces that hold power organize a street demonstration against the forces who don’t hold power – that is, the government holds a march against the populace – you know something strange is happening. Despite its title, the protest had no positive aim. It was a demonstration against demonstrating. It was demanding that people stop demanding things. It was a march for silence and obedience, and acceptance of unrepresentative (not to say poor) government.
Obviously, participants in such a march are not going to be an average cross-section of society. Pro-democracy gatherings lean disproportionately towards Hong Kong’s middle-class, young, educated – and disgruntled. But yesterday’s crowd didn’t even include many of their local demographic opposites. There were some of those elderly grumpy villagers who hate everything and came voluntarily, if not with great enthusiasm. But they seemed seriously outnumbered by people who were paid, fed, pressured or blatantly shipped in from across the border.
It’s not fair to pick on the cops, or indeed on everyone else involved and also just following orders. This event was an exercise in self-humiliation for the whole government and establishment (you think lawmaker Regina Ip or landlord Allan Zeman felt good being part of this charade?). Some months ago, we can guess, a tyrant and user of black hair dye in Beijing banged the table with his fist and demanded that the CIA-backed splittist Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong be crushed. Such is China’s no-questions, punishment-oriented system that the order was passed down through the local Liaison Office and out through the United Front to Hong Kong officials, loyalists and shoe-shiners. They dutifully went through the motions, resulting in the absurd phoniness and massive overkill of the anti-Occupy campaign.
It is surprising that Beijing has such an inadequate power base in Hong Kong in 2014 that it has to beg and bribe (and import) people just to pretend to be its friends. And even with all those organizational and financial resources, this parade of morose rather-be-shopping litterbugs is the best the United Front can manage? They have control, but no influence. Which is almost sad, in a way.