I grew up in Hong Kong. It always has a special place in my heart. The attached link has a very good summary of what is going on.
A few hours ago the leader of Occupy Central announced the initiation of the movement. It was earlier than expected. However, the local policemen used unnecessary excessive forces against the protesters, including university and high school students ad that has triggered more people to go onto the street.
A 17 year-old Joshua Wong, who just graduated from high school, was arrested 25 hours ago. This tiny boy was said to attack policemen during the protest (but I have not seen any footage or video yet). However, this tiny boy was carried by four big policemen during the arrest. His parents just released a statement noting that they believed the arrest is political prosecution (since Joshua has been one of the icons in the movement and the face for the student populations).
My heart is broken. I am furious. I do not understand why the policemen have to treat the kids who has no weapons (no baseball bat, no glass bottles, no sticks, nothing!) as if they are in a riots.
To many Hong Kong people, the recent scenes shown in television and newspaper about the students protesting and policemen’s excessive force reminded them an “incident” happened 25 years ago in Beijing, China.
The Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989. It was a student-led protest ending with a crackdown with riffles and tanks killing unarmed students and citizens. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989)
This is not the picture that shocks the world, it also shakes a lot of Hong Kong people. What we see currently is so de javu that we are afraid history will repeat itself.
What can you do?
I’m not asking for your donation; but I would like you to sign the following petition and re-blog this!