Tag: Hong Kong

How Beijing’s Breach of ‘One Country Two Systems’ Gave Birth to the Hong Kong Independence Movement

Following the disqualification of pro-Hong Kong independence candidates from the upcoming Legislative Council election, the Hong Kong government now wants to stop discussions on Hong Kong independence in schools.

While a majority of Hongkongers agree that independence for Hong Kong is politically impossible, more and more claim to support independence simply to agitate Beijing.

In a poll in July, about 17.4% of respondents said they were somewhat or even strongly supportive of Hong Kong independence.

As anticipated, that result has upset Beijing which has seemingly demanded the Hong Kong government stop people from talking and fantasising about separation with mainland China.

Fixing Hong Kong begins with fixing homes

To Kwa Wan is one of Hong Kong’s poorest districts. There’s little resemblance to the shine and glamour of the central shopping district with its imported brands and boutiques. Here, the cheap plastics and household appliances crammed into little shops echo the way people squeeze into tiny, claustrophobic apartments.

It’s also a district marked for urban redevelopment. A new train line is under construction, guaranteed to push up already-staggering property prices the moment it’s opened.

On a fairly unremarkable street, in a space known enigmatically as the House of Stories, the volunteer group Fixing HK is getting ready for another night of repair and outreach.

Hong Kong: Defend Rights Against China’s Encroachment

Hong Kong officials should challenge the chairman of China’s top legislative body to make concrete commitments to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy on human rights and democratic rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Zhang Dejiang, who chairs the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, will meet with Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung and other senior officials during his visit to Hong Kong from May 17-19, 2016.

Zhang, the highest ranking central government official to visit Hong Kong since 2012, is participating in a forum on “One Belt One Road,” a Chinese government economic development initiative. While he will meet with pro-democracy legislators, there is little indication from the official schedule that he will publicly address concerns about political reform, the central government’s role in Hong Kong affairs, or meet with the media.“People in Hong Kong have urgent questions about mainland police operations in the territory, prospects for universal suffrage, and whether Beijing will allow the Hong Kong government to represent their interests,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s crucial that Hong Kong leaders disregard Beijing’s script and demand real answers from visiting mainland officials such as Zhang.”

Hong Kong authorities have sharply limited the opportunities for people to express criticism of Zhang’s visit, Human Rights Watch said. Protesters are limited to designated areas a considerable distance away from meeting locations. Police are also being deployed atop Lion Rock, a mountain where previously, a large banner proclaiming “I want Universal Suffrage” had been hung, presumably to prevent similar banners from being hoisted during Zhang’s visit. On May 17, seven members of the League of Social Democrats, a pro-democracy political party, were arrested for trying to hang on a bridge large banners emblazoned with slogans demanding universal suffrage.