I am learning there are two kinds of people who care about democracy in China, those who are very esoteric, they like the "idea," of a democratic China. It is reached by discussion, sharing, believing, and coming up with what is the best way. Then there are people standing in Mongkok willing to be beaten, and people in Central sleeping on concrete. So different.
Hi guys. We DESPERATELY need people willing to translate from Chinese to English (or any language) for a project I am starting for a pro-democracy organization of LA.
There is practically ZERO personal stories, memes, funny signs or commentary written by students or protesters in English.
Nearly all the traditional news and analysis are written by foreigners.
This protest is about having a voice for democracy and a voice for the people of HK, if they can't talk to the world what is the point?
The protester are not accepting foreign donations. China do not care for foreign political pressure. This is a social media age.
You can pick something that has touched you. A news article, a thoughtful blog post, one of those photo thingies, cartoon, op-ed, a Scholarism statement, Cheung Moa Quote, song lyric. Everything is important to someone.
Together will send it off in the big wide world of social media.
Let's help our people speak louder.
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There are so many amazing things that has appeared in the last three weeks. We can never translate all of them. But some, we can.
The pan-democrats already agreed to talks. This is the third night of increasingly violent riot police attacks. Does the government want to kill someone first? They want the negotiators to be too busy Di lomo to focus on politics.
Instead of stories on every police or triad movement reported and large arrows pointing to pictures of police dogs.
I wish Apple Daily would print pictures of an arrow pointing at CY Leung sleeping in front of the TV or Carrie Lam chilling in her pajamas while her maid does the dishes. Maybe with a time stamp, showing that at exactly the same time, a photo of an altercation between the students and police.
Because really, the only reason both sides are out there is because all those unbending hk government officials don't want more work. They don't want to prepare another report and have to send it to China.
If they say "yes," to it, it would mean, working out details, on who the group of people will be involved and not even just the content. Imagine having to find a consensus of what to send. Then checking, rechecking, everyone rechecking, making changes, then after that dealing with China.
Why bother to risk displeasing China? Who wants to lose power and be humiliated? Part of the high level government jobs is to keep China happy, a kind of personal assistant to the PRC I suppose.
It's so much easier to "know" it will not be accepted, do nothing and send the police to deal with it.
It's not their family and kids worried about if their dad would be hurt during their beat or the parents and friends worried if a protester will be beaten.
The people who tell the police chief to clear the streets don't even actually give orders. They have zero stake in these protests and beatings. The police fails, blame them. The students finally retreats. The HK government has gained control. Their glory.
I wondered why CY and whoever else is in charge wouldn't do as nearly all independent news organization and academic says, "Act sensibly, negotiate with the students, stop aggravating the situation by agreeing to talks, quitting talks, just about to have talks, send in more police."
Bit then I realized, it might have been embarrassing at first, that they didn't have the city under control, but as time has gone on, they realize it doesn't change their lives one bit.
These people do not answer to the public, the answer to the Central government. Keep them happy and their big apartments, maids and Mercedes are safe. In order to do that, all They have to do is start to attain the glazed blank faces of communist officials.
Carrie Lam during the recent press conference seemed to have mastered the eyes focused-on-exactly-the-space-between-them-and-journalists move. Coward.
It's so hard for everyone whose life is completely involved in daily protests to be not angry at immediate happenings.
The triads destruction, anti-occupy protesters that doesn't speak any dialect people in HK speak. The police brutality.
But for me, also in my cushy sunny safe home in California, over four devices, and too many feeds and pings to be healthy, I remember whose fault this is. Who can make this all stop.
The people who if they would just spend their time in their office writing a proposal (that in the end might be rejected) can restore peace in Hong Kong instead of pitting Hong Kong people against Hong Kong people. Yes, the police are hk people too. They go home to normal hk people families.
So really, instead of Giant red arrows pointing at the police dogs, we need photos of Carrie Lam with her tea seeping. a metal lid on it, as it keeps warm by her side, while she plays with her phone and CY having a silent dinner with his dreadful daughter playing happy family, when the pictures outside looks really different.
I feel so angry that these people's lives are exactly the same as three weeks ago and the students and police are all hurt and suffering. Hong Kong Ren against Hong Kong Ren and Chinese Spawns At home drinking tea.
The government has been such total liars. One moment they are saying they want to talk, next moment they are ordering the police to clear the roads. Their whole attitude seems to they want to show them who is "boss." Except they seem to forget when this is over, these students remain in Hong Kong, remain alive, remain thinking living individuals that still they have to convince to live under their rules. And somehow miraculously they will "fook" like listen with acceptence? I don't think so.
Why are they creating a generation, and probably more than one that will directly oppose, hate, and not trust them. These people probably plan to have another ten, 15 more years of working. They are so power hungry otherwise, they would like most sensible civil servants of the British era retire quietly in 1997, if they could afford it, and if not, keet their head down, and worked until they could.
Trust me, Ip had the worse reputation even then for being a very unplesant woman.
But honestly, each day I watch, each day I wonder if the government officials actually think these student and people who support them will miraculously vaporise when they finally go home and don't live in Hong Kong, ready to make their lives difficult at every point.
You can see they don't think like politicians, they think like dictators.
As I watched the live feed of the police dismantling the Mongkok occupy site, the picture of the Kwan Dai's (God of War, Police and Doors) Altar smashed, I started crying, because despite what it might have felt for all the people there; public, police, or the protesters. The people who gained the most were the government officials in their air conditioned offices.
This was a wonderful article on the NPR about the different religions and the Kwan Dai's Altar in Mong Kok
Nothing. Central still have quite a number of people. Am I optimistic that It's already too early in the morning for anything to kick off? I would assume that it will happen before work time, with plenty of time to spare for clean up. 5am probably would not be able to fit all that in, ready for the civil servants coming to work.
Will the students stay for another day? Is the government waiting for the outcome of the negotiation? Is there even room for any compromise. What will China give?
All us watchers wait. The students wait.
But sometimes the government will strike once everyone is relaxed. Maybe in a day or two.
But it will be at least nightfall tomorrow. The government said they want school to start. I doubt the will cause chaos in the day.
It's really time to negotiate before everyone is forced home. At least offer the government a choice that if they give way a little, people will go home peacefully and spare them the difficulties and awful PR of deploying riot police. If that happens, the students and public will be defeated and the government triumphant, they would have no reason to even have talks.
Don't let them win. Go home on your own terms with a chance to get concessions.
Finally put into words. It's time for the adults to go home. The young will stay, they will never forgive themselves if they leave and don't last until the end, but my friends will. It's not our domain to make those sacrifices anymore.
I been texting and calling my friends about there whereabouts. I wonder how many of them plan to be there in the last moments of the protests.
Who knows if the Chinese government will deploy their nasty triads to hurt the protesters.
With the ultimatum by the HK government that the streets has to be cleared in Monday, we know they will deploy riot police.
I really think my friends need to go home. We are adults now. There are children and jobs, and mortgages to pay. It's time to let the young take over. They are idealistic, strong and have much less to lose if they are hurt. If they want to stay to the end, they should.
But politically it's time to negotiate. Once everyone goes home there will be no leverage at all. It would be so much better if the students can promise they will leave if they can get some concessions in regard to the 2017 elections. That will for the government a choice to whether give way a little bit and end peacefully thatn deploy riot police leaving a even worse police and public relations and the horrible images of police attacking the unarmed students.
When people are home. There never will be talks of any meaning.