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owlnguava: underthewingsofthblackeagle: Pro-democracy…

owlnguava:

underthewingsofthblackeagle:

Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong are celebrating after securing a landslide victory in the 2019 municipal elections. The pro-democracy camp has won almost 390 council seats compared to less than 60 for pro-Beijing parties and now controls a majority of councils in the city. Hong Kong residents turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in an election widely seen as a referendum on the pro-democracy movement after nearly six months of protests. Surprise victories for pro-democracy candidates against strongly favored opponents led to some voting centers erupting in loud cheers and chants of “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution Now” — a phrase used by many protesters in recent months. City leader Carrie Lam said she would “listen humbly” to voters.

So if I went to watch the vote counting I might have been in this clip! Who would’ve thought the election for our district councils, which deal with matters such as parks and air conditioning dripping, would make international news! However this is not really about local affairs but showing the government where Hong Kongers stand during these months of unprecedented turmoil. It’s a small victory because China will come back with a vengeance and continues to breathe down our necks, while the demands that have been the cause for the protests are still not met. 

Just a little bit of background. While pro-democracy candidates have taken 86% of the seats, the votes are roughly 59% pro-democracy and 41% pro-government. I think this would be considered a comfortable margin in any referendum or general election but on paper not a landslide. However, I’d like to point our that China has for the past 20 years perfected a system that skews Hong Kong elections in their favour, even though pro-Beijing supporters are definitely in the minority. They plant and buy votes, manipulate elderlies and abuse the system in every way possible. For us to achieve this small victory, in spite of the machinations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is very heartening even though we’re still foreseeing tough times to come.

China is playing the long game because 150 resident visas are given to people from the mainland to live in Hong Kong. Don’t ask me why these new arrivals can register as voters right away in a city where they don’t share the same values. And don’t ask me why most of these people, now living in a place with relative freedom, would willingly be at the beck and call of the CCP and participate in institutional vote rigging.  So sooner or later, they will have a majority that are rubber stamps and all dissent will be snuffed out.

Just thinking about this is depressing but today we show them that the voice of the people cannot be ignored! Share our joy when a much reviled incumbent was unseated, and some champagne popping in Central! 

Thank you for observing the vote counting! Without the foreign delegation and Hongkongers like you, we would never know how CCP would have intervened and rigged the results.  No one is in better position than Hongkongers and some Mainlanders to say how evil CCP is.  Our people are murdered, raped and beaten up to fight against CCP and police brutality. Every vote is casted with tears and blood.  More battles ahead but Hongkongers will not surrender. They can’t kill us all.

underthewingsofthblackeagle: Pro-democracy supporters in Hong…

underthewingsofthblackeagle:

Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong are celebrating after securing a landslide victory in the 2019 municipal elections. The pro-democracy camp has won almost 390 council seats compared to less than 60 for pro-Beijing parties and now controls a majority of councils in the city. Hong Kong residents turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in an election widely seen as a referendum on the pro-democracy movement after nearly six months of protests. Surprise victories for pro-democracy candidates against strongly favored opponents led to some voting centers erupting in loud cheers and chants of “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution Now” — a phrase used by many protesters in recent months. City leader Carrie Lam said she would “listen humbly” to voters.

waltzaboutwhiskyonice: historycultureeducation: Mickey Mouse…

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historycultureeducation:
Mickey Mouse says: FREE HONG KONG
Source: https://reddit.com/r/XinnieThePoo/comments/dgrlj7/mickey_mouse_says_free_hong_kong/
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lovinghk: Over 150 parliamentarians from both Houses sign a…

lovinghk:

Over 150 parliamentarians from both Houses sign a letter or House of Commons Motion calling for “insurance policy” for the people of Hong Kong.

(photo & text source: hong kong watch | 9 sep 2019) … The letter, was signed by Members from all parties including Lord Patten of Barnes, the last Governor of Hong Kong; Tom Tugendhat, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman; Ian Blackford, the Scottish National Party Westminster Leader; Labour MP Sarah Champion; and Liberal Democrat MP and Hong Kong Watch patron Alistair Carmichael; and Lord Alton of Liverpool. It said that:

“China’s recent words and actions indicate that their leadership has moved away from the commitment to upholding Hong Kong’s way of life, enshrined in their Basic Law and founded on values we share: commitment to the rule of law, democracy and human rights. The continuing protests by the courageous people of Hong Kong have been their response to increasing restrictions on those values.” 

lovinghk: a protester return tear gas canisters to the police…

lovinghk:

a protester return tear gas canisters to the police at kowloon bay yesterday, with good tennis skill

thanks for tennisinsight88 fb, quoting tennis commentator ben rothenberg’s twitter. here, 

top post from a hk fb page tennisinsight88, 

middle is a screengrab of ben rothenberg twitter, 

and bottom a reply on the thread. 

the50-person: let-fred-live: averruncusho: blue-lives-aint-shi…

the50-person:

let-fred-live:

averruncusho:

blue-lives-aint-shit:

blackqueerblog:

Am i the only one taking notes just in case?

Americans joke about living in a cyperpunk dystopia but chinese protesters are going 1for1 with censor bots in order to spread info, engineering anti facial recognition solutions daily, and running pop up resistance bases out of ghost towns we will never be on that level here lmao

International outrage is important. We’ll never survive our totalitarian governments if we don’t help each other, regardless of culture.

News update! A student (20 years old) has recently been arrested for buying these laser pens, on the account of them being an offensive weapon, claiming that they set things on fire.

Now, there’s a nightly tourist attraction that uses these lasers, sized up multiple times. There is nothing inherently offensive or dangerous about these tiny laser pens, mainly used for stargazing.

So what do the people do?

They come out, to the planetarium (another popular use for these lasers) and they all shine a spectacular laser show to:

1). show their dissatisfaction for baseless arrests

2). display that there’s nothing dangerous about these lasers

3). they try to set the entire planetarium on fire with the very vicious glare of multiple lasers (it did not work)

4). also to satisfy the urge to shine a flashlight at a planetarium and make shadow dogs out of their hands

5). they’ve also turned it into an impromptu disco with song requests being taken, neon beachballs being tossed around, a public karaoke session

6). They also attempt to set a newspaper on fire via the sheer offensive firepower of multiple lasers singled upon one target. Newsflash, it didn’t work.

7). They also attempt to light a cigarette, to no avail.

HONG KONG UPDATE 7 AUG 2019 Part 2

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