Occupy Central has now been termed Umbrella Revolution. A selection of images on twitter show how the umbrella has become iconic in the last 24 hours.
I’m from Hong Kong.
Even if you’re not from here please take a minute. Young people from high school and university have sacrificed their time, safety and even their potential futures to protest in unison against the PRC (People’s Republic of China). Hong Kong has been promised democracy and it has not been kept. These young people know the value of solidarity as they protest peacefully. Last night the police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the civilians. The police are doing their jobs and the civilians want a peaceful resolution.
As of now they are ignored and have not been given what they as the people of the city have been promised.
Please reblog or share this with the world to show your support for HK and its amazing young generation.
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IT IS TRUE.
Good morning and welcome to Hong Kong’s live coverage of Occupy Central.
After a night of protesters taking to the streets and sleeping on main roads throughout the city, dawn broke with no sign that the demonstrations would ease off.
There is widespread disruption across the city this morning. Stay tuned for all the breaking news.
一直在更新 / live updates.
- The protests are being held in order to achieve universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Although democracy had been promised for 2017 in 2008, China announced this August that Hong Kong people would only be able to vote from a pool of 2-3 specially selected candidates (all of whom would definitely have pro-China sentiments)
- University students held a week-long boycott of classes to protest for true democracy in Hong Kong
- Today riot police were deployed against peaceful protesters. Equipped in full riot gear the police used pepper spray to deter the protesters, mainly students and youths but also some elderly people have reported being sprayed point blank
- It is estimated that over 50,000 people have joined the protest and this number continues to grow
- This is the largest political protest in Hong Kong since our independence from the UK in 1997
- Although the protests remain peaceful, police have now started to use tear gas and have brought out long guns loaded with rubber bullets (there hasn’t yet been a report of any bullets being shot)
- Over 80 arrests have been made including students as young as 16 for taking part in these protests
- They are cutting cell phone receptions in the protest area so that people can’t share any information
- Violence is increasing as police continue to instigate protesters
- All this comes right before the October 1st celebration of the 65th anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China
- There are rumours that the PLA (the Chinese army) are going to be brought into the city tonight
More facts about Hong Kong:
- We run under a one country, two systems policy with China meaning that we are part of China but have our own government and laws.
- Protests for universal suffrage have been held throughout the summer but these are the biggest yet
- Anti-China and anti-government sentiments are at their highest levels yet. Survey results showed that 1 in 5 people are thinking of emigrating from the city.
- In June, China issued a white paper essentially telling Hong Kong to remember their place and re-asserting their authority over the city
The scenes from the protest look awful. In my 17 years in Hong Kong I’ve never seen anything like it. The world needs to know about this and say something before we get a recurrence of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
I hope everyone stays safe. Hong Kong stay strong.
Starting on Monday, thousands of university students in Hong Kong have been gathering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tamar Park (outside the government offices) to protest the National People Congress (NPC) of China’s decision to restrict the right to vote for Chief Executive, the city’s highest political leader in 2017.
Article 45 of the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s own mini-constitution implemented after the handover from Britain to China in 1997) states that the Chief Executive should be chosen by universal suffrage as an eventual goal. Time and time again the Communist Party of China have dodged/shut down any democratic progress. Last month the NPC announced that they would continue using the 1200-member committee, consisting of members loyal to the Communist Party, to vote for our CE.THIS IS ILLEGAL. THIS IS SHAM DEMOCRACY AND SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.
The sit-in of university students belongs to a movement called ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ and is led by The Hong Kong Federation of Students (schedule and declaration of the strike included). This act of civil disobedience consists of absolute non-violence. It consists of free public lectures offered by university professors and writers on topics like Orwell’s ‘1984’, history of Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy, Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight to end injustice etc etc. I was one of the students sitting in Tamar Park on Tuesday and Thursday and it was one of the most rewarding, educational and, I must emphasise, peaceful political activities I have ever witnessed.
On Friday, high school students led by the student group Scholarism joined in the protest. They marched to Civic Square, pleading for our current CE to come out of his offices and listen to their requests, just like he promised during his ‘campaign’ in 2012. More and more citizens joined in the protest after work.
The police started cutting off access to Civic Square, which is a publicly owned area. They used shields to form a blockade against the protestors and started pushing them back. When people resisted with umbrellas, they started using clubs and pepper spray on the protestors, who started putting both of their hands up to show they are unarmed. Many students who managed to rush in Civic Square are arrested, including the leading of Scholarism. Many of them have visible injuries caused by police brutality and some of them still haven’t been released from police custody.
THE FIGHT IS STIL GOING ON. PEOPLE ARE STILL CROWDING OUTSIDE CIVIC SQUARE AND TAMAR. Resources are running thin and the police are still threatening violence. Some of my friends are at the protest and they are continuing the struggle despite the risks. It is predicted that the police will escalate their brutality with tear gas, more pepper spray and water cannons against innocent, peaceful protestors, many of them teenagers.
You can watch Occupy Central live here: x (Apple Daily livestream)
I know tumblr is a US-centric place but PLEASE PLEASE SPARE A SECOND TO REBLOG THIS POST. Hong Kong is a tiny city. We are anything but a formidable force in international politics. The only thing we can do is raise awareness among the world and force our corrupt government to answer to our protests.
PLEASE HELP US.
The National Security Bureau (NSB) yesterday acknowledged lapses in the handling of security for President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) after he was hit by a book thrown by a political activist a day earlier.
The bureau said security lapses have been found among its staff and military police officers, who were responsible for the safety of the president as he attended a reception for international franchise chains in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖).
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4 Hours and 26 Minutes! The world record for “planking” has been broken by a Chinese! This evening, with an official from the Guinness Book of World Records and over 300 of his fellow officers on hand, 43 year-old Beijing SWAT team member Mao Weidong broke the 3 hour, 7 minute planking record previously held by an American. Mao stated, the reason he held out for 4 hours and 26 minutes was because the 26th of April is his wife’s birthday. How long could you stay up? (Beijing Evening News)
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China got the internet in 1994. But soon after, the government started working on ways to restrict it. Here’s a list of all the major sites that are now blocked.
Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Google Hangouts, Google Blogspot, WordPress.com, Line, KakaoTalk, TalkBox, selected Tumblr sites, FC2, Soundcloud, Hootsuite, Adultfriendfinder, Ustream, Twitpic
Newspapers and media
New York Times, New York Times Chinese, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC Chinese, Chosun Chinese, WSJ, WSJ Chinese, Flipboard (international version only), Google News, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, LiveLeak, Break, Crackle, selected international Wikipedia pages, selected Chinese Wikipedia pages, Wikileaks
Google, DuckDuckGo, Baidu Japan, Baidu Brazil, Yahoo Hong Kong, Yahoo Taiwan
Work and productivity
Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Slideshare, iStockPhoto, Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Translate, Google Calendar, Google Groups, Google Keep
Flickr, Google Play, Google Picasa, Feedburner, Twitter URL shortener, Google URL shortener, Bit.ly, Archive.org, Pastebin, Change.org, 4Shared, The Pirate Bay, OpenVPN
Redux: gagging Google
Yes, a lot of those are Google services. Let’s recap the Google blocklist in full:
Google search, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Translate, Google Calendar, Google Picasa, Google Groups, Google Keep, Google Voice, Google Wallet, YouTube, Google Earth, Google Earth, Google Chrome homepage, Google Code, Google Blogspot, Google Feedburner
3 feet high and rising.
"You don’t want to turn into the kind of adult you hated or despised when you were young."
"You need to maintain your integrity and bottom line."
"You’re not a beast, you’re a human being."
What she says is absolutely right—in China the generation gap is just way too big. At 18, you’re an adult, your life is in your hands, you can make your own decisions and you shouldn’t have to follow the bad examples of the previous generation: corruption, feudal thinking, ignorance, and so on.
"I’m not here to adapt to society, I’m here to change society."
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Three-Peat! Taiwan’s Jingmei Tug of War Team Finds Reversal of Fortune, Takes Home Gold
(Reporter Lu Beiru / Taipei) Yesterday (the 31st), the Taiwan Jingmei tug of war team valiantly came out as champions in the outdoor, 500 kilogram class of the 2014 Tug of War International Federation World Championships, held in the US. Starting from the 2010 TWIF World Championships in South Africa, to the 2012 Championships in Switzerland and finally the 2014 Championships in America, the Taiwanese female delegation saw through a three-peat in the 500 KG class, once again rewriting Asian sports history.
Starting from the preliminary bouts in yesterday’s contest, the squad was extremely nervous. Although they still found themselves losing in the first rounds to Sweden and Switzerland, they took third to secure a place in the final four. In the final four, they first beat Switzerland, advancing to the championship and ultimately squaring off with a formidable Sweden unit, undaunted, sending them packing with a score of 2 to 0 to win the gold medal.
Some of the Jingmei girls said that even though their teammates were injured and bleeding, they still fought on and persevered to the very end, putting their military-like prowess on display. The team would not let their compatriots down, nor the people of the world, taking home the first outdoor-championship gold medal in Asia in a hundred years. In a span of four years, the Jing girls have again written history, pulling off a three-peat.
Player Gao Qiaoyi even braved an injury to her right hand, sticking it out to finish the match. Because she was a part of the team, she felt she should strive to bring honor to Taiwan.
Coach Guo Sheng felt that even after falling behind Sweden and Switzerland in the preliminaries, the players could still rely on their accustomed, solid muscular endurance and training, drawing on stamina and a continued determination to overcome their opponents. Only then could they execute a perfect mix of offensive and defensive strategies.
Team leader Lin Lihua said, the 500 KG championship could really be described as a “climax, unsurpassed.” With such a reversal of fortune, even the announcers were shaking their heads.
Yesterday, the team’s opponents included: Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, the US, Belgium and Germany, eight strong teams representing quite the challenge. After winning the championship, Taipei mayor Hao Longbin and Education director Lin Yihua promptly sent their congratulations.
Cartoonist Badiucao offers a comment on Ai Weiwei’s surprise appearance on a CCTV-1 late night sketch show last week. While the appearance was brief—Ai uttered no more than three words—Badiucao sees the high-profile dissident’s image making it on to state television as akin to flipping the Party the bird. Watch Ai’s appearance here.