In case you haven’t heard yet, China has gone back on its promise to Hong Kong that it will allow open nominations for the 2017 elections. (Read more)
GUYS. I’m from Hong Kong, please hear me out. This is really important because if we keep pushing this, nothing will get resolved in the way it should be. The truth is that, despite the amount of people taking part in Occupy Central, this is not even close to half of Hong Kong’s population, and the movement is only what a small portion of Hong Kong citizens believe in. Moreover, the scarier part of it is that this method of protesting will most likely not, in any way, have a good impact on the government.
The main motive of many Hong Kong protesters right now is centered around the wealth gap and the worsening economy, and this, along with social media (which blew things up way out of proportion), ultimately affects the students’ political perspective and leads them to protest in masses. This is essentially why so many people are gathered around the busiest places of Hong Kong and threatening to boycott.. education, basically. On the other hand, there are, of course, many better ways to try to convince the government to rethink its system, but this takes a lot of work and cannot be achieved simply by protesting. In other words, it is not exactly reasonable to demand a good economy and, basically, a good lifestyle and hope that will change over one night.
Politically speaking, there is actually no evidence that China goes back on its promise to Hong Kong, so the title of this post is extremely misleading. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, and thus after the handover to China (Hong Kong was once a British colony), the One Country, Two Systems principle stated that the government system was not to be changed within 50 years. Most importantly, and I quote directly from article 45 of the Hong Kong Basic Law, “The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures.” In other words, the Hong Kong Chief Executive was not and is not elected by everyone, but a selected group of people chosen from each profession. Due to the One Country, Two Systems principle, techincally, this should not change within the 50 years since the handover.
Additionally, regarding the chief executive, whom everyone is so frustrated about at the moment, I have something really important to say. Many Hong Kong citizens overestimate the chief executive’s power and believe that once the chief executive steps down, all their problems will be solved — the leader of the Occupy Central movement actually said that, I heard it when I was watching the news today. The truth is that not only is the chief executive unable to change Hong Kong’s economy, he is also unable to change the law. Needless to say that it is barely possible for him to convince China to have a democratic system. I mean, it’s pretty much like trying to convince the Chinese government to suddenly switch to a democratic system. How hard can that possibly be? Ha-ha.
Yes, the chief executive has his faults. His management of the situation yesterday was not a good example of leadership. He is not, in fact, the best leader, and he is not able to make the brightest decisions. But all of this has nothing to do with the protests because even if he was the best leader in the world, he would not have been able to do all the things the protestors were demaning for. And that, alone, is a clear evidence of how little the protesters had thought about what they were doing prior to Occupy Central.
Let’s not even go into the potential dangers that may arise if Hong Kong protestors keep testing the limits of the government.
This source from CNN also explains my point of view quite clearly.
Please help spread the word about this, and I hope social media does not fuel the fire that is already out of control.
Ok guys, Im really sorry if I mislead anyone.
This is the more politically correct version of the story.