Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Fall of Hong Kong

Hong Kong did not fall on 1st July, 1997 when the Communist Army marched into Hong Kong.  At least, not completely. 

Hong Kong falls a little when “nationalist education” turns out to be “education in praise of the Chinese Communist Party”.  

Hong Kong falls a little when agents of the Chinese Communists Party becomes  formally legitimate Hongkongers, having stayed in Hong Kong longer enough - acquiring the right not only to vote but also to stand for election.  

Hong Kong falls a little when the chief executive exaggerates the supposed threat of Hong Kong independence so that he can demonstrate his loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party by suppressing the supposed independence movement. 

Hong Kong falls a little when the obviously incompetent official in charge of education was kept in place, apparently to spite those opposed.  

Hong Kong falls a little when the appointment of a professor as a senior manager at a university is brutally suppressed because of his relatively open minded political stance.  

Hong Kong falls a little when the chairman of a university council treats his own students as the enemy to be suppressed, instead of students to educate.  

Hong Kong falls more when the police fires tear gas at peaceful demonstrators. 

Hong Kong falls more when our residents are mysteriously and involuntarily removed to the mainland and persecuted because of speech considered unacceptable to the Communists. 

Hong Kong falls more when writers are dismissed from newspapers and reporters dismissed from broadcasters because their voices are critical of the establishment.  

Hong Kong falls more when more and more newspapers and broadcasters sell out to the establishment.   

Hong Kong falls more when Communist law is executed in Hong Kong because it is convenient for the government, even if it is a violation of the law, even when there are lawful alternatives. 

Bit by bit, Hong Kong is falling by the death of a thousand cuts.  


YTSL said...

Do you think/feel that Hong Kong has reached the point of no return? I am hoping (against hope?) that's not (yet) the case.

StephenC said...

Personally i am rather pessimistic. China is ascending and growing more and more confident. That does not bode well for the struggle for democracy in Hong Kong. But we can never give up.

Anonymous said...

Very well written. I also agree we can never give up.