Archives for the Date December 26th, 2019

lovinghk: on dec 24th, hong kong watch issued a…

lovinghk:

on dec 24th, hong kong watch issued a statement.

Statement: Hong Kong Watch Condemns Christmas Eve Police Brutality And Calls For Immediate International Independent Inquiry And Targeted Magnitsky Sanctions

Hong Kong Watch is appalled by the police brutality unleashed on peaceful shoppers and protesters celebrating Christmas Eve in Hong Kong earlier today.

Widespread reports of beatings, firing rubber bullets at people’s heads and faces (in clear breach of international norms), indiscriminate use of teargas and water cannon against largely peaceful crowds celebrating Christmas in Tsim Sha Tsui and other areas represent yet another example of the escalating human rights crisis in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Watch’s co-founder and Chairman, Benedict Rogers, said:

“Hong Kong witnessed truly outrageous police brutality on Christmas Eve. Are Hong Kongers now not even allowed to gather to celebrate Christmas peacefully, to shop and sing carols? The level of violence in Hong Kong has reached such severe and sustained levels that an international, independent inquiry should be urgently established.”  (source: hong kong watch fb | 24 dec 2019)

SAR govt slams UK group for ‘brutal police’ remark

(source: rthk news | 25 dec 2019) The government has rejected “in the strongest possible terms” a claim by the UK-based pressure group Hong Kong Watch that the SAR’s police have unleashed appalling brutality on protesters this Christmas.

in a statement, a government spokesman rejected the idea that there had been any “brutal action” on the police’s part against “peaceful shoppers and protesters”.

“There is nothing further from the truth in these false accusations and fabrications. The police had adopted a measured and restrained approach throughout. Only minimum force was deployed in response to the blatant unlawful activities of the violent protesters on Christmas Eve,” the spokesman said.

“These violent activities included arson, recklessly vandalising shops and the Mongkok Branch of HSBC, blockading roads, destroying 21 sets of traffic lights in Mong Kok area, brutally assaulting innocent members of the public, attacking police officers by petrol bombs and charging police cordon lines and unlawful assembly.”

The spokesman described Rogers’ remarks as “fake, utterly irresponsible and grossly unfair” and said it is “myths and malicious falsehoods” like these that are giving the world an entirely incorrect image of Hong Kong.

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avasetocallmyown:

𝖮𝗎𝗍𝗅𝖺𝗇𝖽𝖾𝗋 𝖲𝖾𝖺𝗌𝗈𝗇 𝟧 𝖮𝗉𝖾𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖢𝗋𝖾𝖽𝗂𝗍𝗌

gaelic-fullmoon-lady: Attention!⚠️🕉

gaelic-fullmoon-lady:

Attention!⚠️🕉

philosophybits: “Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the…

philosophybits:

“Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end.”

— Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Fanfiction – Magnificent Strangers

kalendraashtar:

This fic won’t be very
long – I estimate about five chapters. If everything works out as I intended,
you’ll both laugh and be moved by it. There’s a lot of reasons why this story
feels very close to my heart and I hope you enjoy it, as I share the first
chapter from my food-induced coma this holiday. Merry Christmas! 🎄

Magnificent Strangers

Part I – Third Cycle

There
are places where you half-expect to meet the man of your dreams: a dim
nightclub, while you dance around each other in a sweaty courtship; a Christmas
party, showered with copious amounts of expensive booze; a holiday at an
adults-only resort in Barbados,
crawling with other slightly desperate single people; a trendy pub after work
hours, eyes clashing from different corners of the room.

And
then there are places where you’d never expect to meet anyone significant, much
less the love of your life.

The
crowded and solemn wake of a relative, who happens to be a prominent figure in
the community. A dentist appointment, bound to leave you with two less wisdom
teeth and a swollen face for three days. A midnight impromptu trip to a
convenience store to grab sanitary towels, because your period arrived
unexpectedly, when you didn’t even bother to put on actual clothes underneath
your trench coat.  

Or
a chemotherapy session, in the middle of your third treatment cycle.

Today
is Chemotherapy Monday. Mondays used
to be for blues that lasted until Thursday, fishy lasagna at the canteen and
drinks with the girls. Now, Chemotherapy
Mondays
are pretty much like Chemotherapy
Tuesdays
and only marginally worse than Chemotherapy
Fridays
.

Four
months ago, I was showering after a passable nooky (with my then
beau-of-three-and-a-half-months Frank Randall), when I noticed a lump on my
right breast. It would only take two weeks to be diagnosed with stage two
breast cancer.

Frank,
self-important and chivalrous (at least in his own notion of himself), promised
me we would “weather the storm
together
”. His resolution, shaky like a drunken man after three days
of sobriety, lasted (surprisingly) until the day I shaved my hair.

He
took one good look at me, bald and grinning, shook his head and told me he
couldn’t do it anymore. “It’s not
the hair.”
Frank mumbled, as he neatly stacked a few meagre
possessions he had been leaving in my apartment into his overnight bag. “It’s the way you are always making
tasteless jokes about it all – as if everything is nothing but a punchline
waiting to happen.”

Well, don’t let me deter you.” I
went into the kitchen and filled up a generous glass of water. “I’d scream and pluck my hair out like
a proper woman scorned – but, you know.”
I pointed vaguely towards my
hairless scalp and sat silently on the couch until he left.

I
couldn’t tell him that humour felt closer to being alive than tears. I couldn’t
put into words that making a joke was a form of control I relished on, when
control was slowly being taken away from me. I felt like a dandelion, one
strong blow away from being scattered.

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