I am not into politics much. I don’t generally follow what’s going on very closely. I keep informed, but I don’t particularly delve deeply into current issues. The Occupy Central movement is now on its third day and seems to be going strong. Massive crowds have gathered in key areas to show support for protesters who are asking that the Chinese government keep its promise and grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong.
Yes, life as we know it, has been disrupted –a bit. Classes have been suspended, businesses in the affected areas have come to a halt. Despite it all, though, this has been a most ‘respectful’ protest –no shop windows broken, no rioting, no damage to property. The protesters even make sure that they clean up; they respect public signs and stayed off the grass (see this BBC report). One could calmly walk through the crowd of protesters and not feel a sense of unease. I don’t know how long this will go on. I don’t know how long the government will hold out. I don’t know how long the protesters are prepared to stay the course. I don’t know how long before life gets back to “normal.” What I do know is this: Promises need to be kept. The Chinese government need to have more faith in the people of Hong Kong that we can choose the right candidate to lead us. Promises need to be kept. A bit simplistic, yes, but it is as simple as that.