1 July – an anniversary not worth celebrating

Today is 1 July. Amidst all the protests happening in the world, today is the anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China 16 years ago in 1997 – the day when the Union Jack descended and the bright red orchid flag elevated.

Today is a day of celebration for some, but for many it is a day of demonstration.

Today is the 16th anniversary of the “Return” and also the 16th anniversary of the “Hong Kong 1 July marches”.

Today is also the 10th anniversary of the 2003 protests, the biggest protest ever seen in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover, with over 500,000 marchers demanding that Tung Chee Wah, the first Chief Executive of HKSAR to step down.

It even made the the cover story for the TIME magazine if you remember.

standing up for HK …Tung resigned in 2005.

Every year, on 1 July, massive crowds of the like minded arm with the same determination, taking their desires and voices to the streets to demand democracy, universal suffrage, rights of minorities, protection of freedom of speech, and a variety of other political concerns.

Recent years with a huge influx of mainland mothers giving birth to anchor babies causing shortage of resources, property prices rocketing to unprecedented peaks, chaotic eduction reforms such as the controversial plans for National Education, suppression of freedom of speech together with the debates over Article 23, and last but not least, the continued denial of universal suffrage, all of which put the degree of discontent and indignation of Hong Kongers to sky high…if not the highest.

Hong Kong demands for universal suffrage. Hong Kong demands for a better leader who is elected through true democracy. Selecting a Chief Executive from a pre-approved list of candidates is not true democracy. It is an naive act which deceives oneself as well as others.

Chips, crisps, fries, wedges, hash browns…are all the same thing – potato – no matter whichever one you choose. Hong Kongers demand for someone with actions and attributes of a leader, not just some Mr Potato Head.

71march-3 Source: from Apple Daily
People not only marching under rains, but also under typhoon signal no.3.

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Source: from http://www.igpsd.com/php/iamhker/

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