I took these from the second floor looking down. These beautiful pieces of stained glass (I cut into 4 pictures to fit the square theme😊) are at Standard Chartered Bank in Central Hongkong. Famous icons of the city are included – colorful neon signs suspended above crowded streets, junk boats, tram and metro.
These are the 3 cities in which I live in a year. 2019 was no exception. I’m neither a Chinese national nor from Hongkong. But I’ve lived in the latter for more than a decade. There were no new year fireworks 🎇 to welcome 2020 in Hongkong. A first in more than a decade.
Since June 2019, before leaving home I have to check for any protests that day, which metro stations were under repair or would be closed earlier, traffic lights broken, atm machines, banks and retail shops vandalized or severely burnt. Where rioters use petrol bombs, sharp weapons, guns …
And when you’re out, you’ve to be careful not to speak out that you condemn violence for fear someone next to you is a radical and beat you up. Or worse, set you on fire 🔥 as they did to an elderly man.
If you’re thinking I’m making this up, there’re plenty of news on YouTube from CGTN, RT and Channel News Asia (CNA) for English speakers. If you’re thinking “oh CGTN is a Chinese controlled media hence it is bias”, then you’re saying that these 7 months the streets of Hong Kong is a Hollywood movie violence scene played over and over…
As I write this on New Year’s Day, they’re out again…blocking roads, breaking traffic lights, damaging shops, atms, even burning the iconic bronze lion outside Hsbc bank in Central.
Fake news, fake journalists, double standards from some western media who have repeatedly gone online that the HK protests are peaceful have cleverly used fear and rumor mongering to stir these riots and used democracy and freedom as sacred goals.
They say democracy and freedom are core values. But aren’t non violence and respect of rule of law core values too? Real people live here. Children as young as 12 years old have been pushed out to the streets as freedom fighters. What do they know. Do you want the next generation to believe violence and lies can solve your problems.
Albeit the city has its problems like income gaps, housing. But the last 7 months, the rioters and their supporters are telling us violence, triad behaviors and lies are acceptable to achieve the goals of freedom and democracy and to “silence” anyone, business and even judges that don’t accept their behaviors through terrorizing, doxxing, beating, burning. A video which summarizes how their violence has escalated since June and a press conference by the police on 2 January 2020 are enclosed below.
Enough is enough. I used to take photos and videos from live tv news. But now I avoid the news if possible because the same scenes of violence and riots play out after each “peaceful” protest. How radicals and their supporters rationalize their crimes. Cover up with more lies and fake news. It’s sickening.
Happy new year to everyone. My wish for 2020 is for peace and the world to be a better place to live for all – including all the animals and nature that share this place we call home.
photo source: urban redevelopment authority SINGAPORE, Scmp, Nhk world