Monday, December 16, 2019

The firing of tear gas and more troubling actions this past Sunday

Another sign on display at the rally for Yuli

Before yesterday, the Hong Kong police had not fired any cannisters of tear gas at people since the first of the month (i.e., two weekends ago).  Amazingly, no tear gas was fired on December 8th, the day of the first mega protest march that took place after the historic November 24th District Council Election triumph for the pro-democracy camp.  

The fear is that now they've resorted to creating tear gas buffets once more, the police will once again find it hard to resist using this weapon once again despite the concerns, for good reason, of a good chunk of the populace with regards to its use.  And, as it so happened, the police did go ahead and fire more tear gas before yesterday came to an end -- notably in Mongkok, where one tear gas cannister caused further injury upon reportedly hitting a student reporter near his right eye.  

More than incidentally, in the past six months, I've gone protesting with friends who are ethnic Cantonese and Hong Kong-born, ethnic Cantonese but not Hong Kong-born, Mainland Chinese (both ethnic Cantonese and not), and Caucasians from the U.S.A. and Britain (one of whom has lived in Hong Kong for some 15 years now, another of whom has lived here for over two decades).  And for the record: our presence at the protests have not been objected to by any other protestor -- even when we've taken photos (while in the thick of crowds, etc.).  

Ending this post on a less kumbaya note: Another police misdeed that reared its head again yesterday involved the framing of protestors by doing such as planting "evidence" on or by them.  The most visible example yesterday involved a man who's presumably a pro-police/Beijing sympathizer, at the very least, pushing a hammer-type tool towards an arrested protester -- and a police officer using his foot to get the object closer to the arrested individual.  

Hopefully, the man who they tried to frame will have charges dropped against him; especially since there is pretty clear video evidence showing the police officer and his friend's sneaky attempt to unjustly get the protestor into major trouble.  (And thank goodness for so many people in Hong Kong being willing to record and bring to light police misdeeds!)  


peppylady (Dora) said...

As long as I have been a live our small town has never had protest. A few Marches and back in early 80 a strike.
Coffee is on

YTSL said...

Hi peppylady --

There's a book on Hong Kong (by Antony Dapiran) which refers to it as the City of Protests. One reason for this is because Hong Kong is this rare territory where the people can't vote for their leader and a good part of their government but are supposed to be guaranteed freedom of speech, assembly, movement, etc. So since people can't vote governments or officials they can't stand out of office but can at least voice their dissent against them, they protest!