Joshua Wong of Scholarism, one of the student leaders of the protests in Hong Kong, appealing for international support for the Hong Kong Umbrella (democracy) movement. The June 4th Event he refers to is more commonly known as the Tianamen Square Massacre in the West.
A clear explanation in English of this important group of cultural figures and their role in Hong Kong during this critical time.
If the system of governing HK doesn't change, an ever growing number of discontented people with stunted or non-existent careers and no political outlet for change will have little choice but to engage in social and economic disruption to be heard.
CY Leung's response to the articles that appeared in the foreign news media yesterday in which he discussed the nominating committee and how it cannot be representative of the HK populace, because too many of them are poof.
No where in today's statement does he backtrack, deny, or clarify those remarks on not wanting "too much" representation from the poor and disadvantaged in the city.
More on the CE's candid remarks about why HK will never have direct elections for CE--because that would give the poor (a large percentage of HK residents--pushing 50%--a voice in how the city is run!
The live broadcast of the meeting between the student org and Hong Kong Gov't is 3am US PST Tues Oct 21 "live dialogue serves the Government" time: Tuesdays at 6 o'clock in the afternoon the umbrella revolution: http://umbrella.appledaily.com/ YouTube:http://bit.ly/umbrellalive (Translated by Bing) The live broadcast of the meeting between the student org and Hong Kong gov't is 3am US PST Tues Oct 21 直播學聯政府對話 時間: 周二下午6時 雨傘革命: http://umbrella.appledaily.com YouTube: http://bit.ly/umbrellalive /u/Glutter
For those of us in Eastern US (EST) that translates to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. I should be able to follow at least the beginning of it live (via Reddit Occupy Central translation) when I get up tomorrow morning.
According to CY Leung, half of the people in HK earn less than $1,800 (must be USD) a month, which means they are living in poverty.
According to the NY Times: "The Beijing-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said Monday evening that allowing his successors to be chosen in an open election based on who won the greatest number of votes was unacceptable in part because it would produce policies skewed toward the poor."
So, in other words, HK cannot have truly representative government because half of its population is poor and the policies of the HK government is not interested in truly addressing those issues. CY Leung's solution to HK's deep economic problems--expand the supply of public housing. Not jobs, not economic stimulus and better education for the middle-class and those living in poverty, just more government housing units (where over 40% of HK residents currently reside because of high (and ever rising) housing costs).
Well, if half of the city is impoverished, then I would say the oligarchs who rule HK have a problem. Rome is burning and CY is fiddling. The future of HK is not a bright one and the current social problems will only increase if no real solutions are forthcoming from Beijing (through its proxy HK government).
What about all of the pro-Beijing demonstrators being bused in by China? Oh, it is China so I guess that doesn't count as "external forces," does it?
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