….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
24 th October…things are happening so fast on the ground in Hong kong that I have a hard time keeping up with all the materials, so I thought I will just publish what I can for now and later on I can update! Goodluck everyone! ADD OIL Hong Kong! XO Cecilia!
From time to time, because of the nature of the Cantonese speaking world I am asked to collate certain materials that normally would just be kept amongst Chinese speakers and never really reached the non-Chinese speaking press.
So fr the Hong kong 2014 pro-democracy protests, I was asked to do the same. I thank those who kindly asked me to comment publicly and directly in international medias. But right now, I am taking some creative development time in my art studio and am not putting out public media statements.
I am aware that some of my more passionate friends had taken it upon themselves to take some quotes from my social media and had gone to various news media about it. I trust that my intelligent and educated friends will handle things I share amongst my friendship groups in an appropriately sensitive way and would not abuse the information, so I am comfortable with that.
In the meantime, let me provide the service to my fellow Hong Kongers who are fighting for their rights to 1 person= 1 vote in a democratic process protected by Basic Law under China’s own 1 country, 2 system treaty with the Hong kong Government and the British Government at the time of the 1997 handover, by translating their voices from the grassroots!
I wish every one a peaceful and safe journey to freedom and creative free speech.
First Translation: 29 September 2014 (the one that got a few quotes and spawned a lot of discussions)
I find this very moving….they are running a little street side eatery…like a dai pai dong…..they serve cheap but delicious food at an affordable price to millions of people. Their feelings reflect the true voice of the average person on the streets because they feed them every day….from all walks of life…….these places called Dai Pai Dong are not posh but are diverse and no nonsense…….!!!!! They are saying (translated), ” Commie China has never been a republic…..it is not a republic if you force people to only vote for the people you approve of! That is a shot-gun dictatorship with lying communist arseholes characteristics!” I hope anyone who supports dictatorships get whatever they deserve like those street artists in Egypt who supported human rights abuse of women disguised as fanatical dogma!
Free China’s first Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo!
(Photo of Liu during a Desmond Tutu interview in South Africa!)
30th September: Kenneth Leung: “I deeply regret what has happened to the protestors in Hong Kong today ….”, Claudia Roth, vice-president of the German Bundestag, told me straight away at the beginning of the meeting.
We discussed the latest political development in Hong Kong, protesting and the role of Bundestag in monitoring international human rights issues. We also discussed the long term energy policy of Germany. More detail to come in the next few days.
30th September . Grassroot photos of Mong Kok peaceful students protest:
1st October photos of Students protests and supports around the world
From Students: “Sorry for paralyzing the streets, we are fighting for our future”
3rd October, Police Brutality eye witness photos: (posted on PassionTimes 熱血時報)
11.55am Mongkok Protest
11.58 am Causeway Bay Protest
12.05 am Umbrella Revolution protestors arrested
Eyewitness: Peaceful protest encountered pepper spray by police
12.10am photos Peaceful protest crowd gathers
12.15am Ordinary citizens gather for peaceful protest
Teargas and Pepper spray equipment introduced by police
Translation: Local residence offer to let protestors recharge their cell phones for free as a show of support so that protestors can stay safe amidst police round-ups and co-ordinate their efforts.
(PT Cellphone pic)
PT 1-4 (pic)
4th October: Instagram compilations from MK journalists Siu MiNg Ngan
4th October : Anonymous HK disrupts Government websites in support of Hong kong democratic protest
Anonymous Asia已經正式攻破政府新聞網http://www.news.gov.hk/。（2:20 AM）
Cecilia Translator’s note: As to the reasons for the current 800,000 strong protest crowds, I found this comment shared amongst facebook trusted circles by Gary Pollard much more useful than the biased reporting I saw from the mainstream newspapers. Gary spent many years working in Hong Kong Media and the fact that he is no longer working in this field, meant that I trust his expression of the average “word on the streets” of Hong Kong away from agenda speculations of outsiders who do not know anything about Hong Kong society and speculates based on their provincial world views that infers reasons onto the citizens of Hong Kong that are simply not present.
So Well done Gary! Well said!
“The overseas news reports keep trying to explain why so many Hong Kong people are so dispirited and angry, and they keep only scratching the surface.
Start with this: that the parents or grandparents of most Hongkongers came here to escape the politics and chaos and lawlessness of mainland China.
Today, they look at a local government made up almost entirely of people chosen for their loyalty to the PRC, irrespective of their ability or their personal ethics. Almost every government minister has profound “communist” sympathies or former DAB or “leftist” connections. Some are not so “hidden” Communists.
It feels to many Hong Kong people that they are trapped, ruled by these people.
No one voted for them. When the public DID vote a prominent leftist out of the Legislative Council, the Chief Executive just appointed him to the Executive Council, which has MORE power. Screw your democracy.
That would not seem so bad if the Legislative Council could impose restraints on the government or achieve any progress. But too few observers understand or care that the Legislative Council is half made up of functional constituencies who are either kowtowing to Beijing or to big business. There is a split voting system where legislation must be passed both by geographically elected legislators and these special interest legislators, who are basically lobbyists. The public did not vote for them. Small special-interest groups did. But they can veto ANY legislation aimed at controlling the government or supporting grassroots interests. Motions raised by elected legislators are not binding on the government.
That is why, for many democrats, Legco becomes solely a space for political theatre. Because democrats and pro-grassroots legislators can achieve nothing there.
No worthwhile legislation the government does not like can be passed. Ever.
It feels to many Hong Kong people that they are trapped, ruled by this system.
More and more young people feel they can’t have children. Many cannot even afford to get married. Rents sky rocket. Homes of their own are too expensive. Prices are being driven up by property developers and mainland investors. The government and the CE hate the idea of rent control or seriously changing this.
If you send your kids to public school, the government wants to feed them a propagandist version of history. The compulsory application of this is blocked for now, but some schools are doing it anyway. If you want to send them to a good private school, forget it. You probably can’t afford it.
It feels to many Hong Kong people that they and their next generation are trapped, ruled by these circumstances.
Rent seekers are destroying innovation and local business. Young innovators can’t survive. Any successful business has its rents pushed up until the owner is working for the landlord. Hong Kong home grown business is dying.
The media could help. But look at the people given pride of place when the tycoons went to Beijing. And you know that the media are not inclined to help. Hong Kong has about one and a half papers that do not toe the line. Its commercial TV stations are both perceived as pandering to political interests. Self censorship is rife. Local broadcast media are turning away from international English-language programming, which lowers HK’s profile worldwide.
It feels to many Hong Kong people that they are finding no help there, so they turn to social media instead. But they feel the forums for debate are shrinking.
And then there’s the influx of mainlanders. This is nothing against the mainlanders themselves, but Hongkongers do feel they are being used as a deliberate tool of assimilation: to mainlandise their home and remove it of its identity.
So, international press, look deeper. This is NOT just a petty argument about public nomination for the Chief Executive. It’s about having room to breathe. It is about a sense of complete despair, of seeing no direction open.
Hongkongers are not stupid. I do not believe they would choose a Chief Executive that the PRC has the ability to reject anyway. They just want to breathe and not feel they are being boxed into an ever tighter and tighter corner where someone is about to turn the lights out for good. This is no rebellion. It’s desperation.”
8th October I want to urge all those inside China under the communist dictatorship to please please please exercise caution when copying Hong Kong students protest activities! We have 1country: 2 system…..we have a rule of law in Hong Kong…you are at a greater risk than we are! Please please cover your faces when you do these posters! We don’t want you to get hurt by the Communist Gestapo police and your families too! Please think before posting pics like this inside the great firewall of China!!!!!! Please tell them to spread the word…..cover up faces before posting!!!
20th October That goes without saying! thank you New York….you are not as annoying as I make you out to be…sometimes…haha! from#hongkong#humanrights
23rd October 2014 SpiderMan Protestor climbs Lions peak to express the wishes of he ordinary people (traditionally poor and working class) living Under Lions peak by hanging a protest Banner that read,”Universal Suffrage for ALL”
Gallery of all the photos featured here and a few extra others!
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