30 September 2014

Promises



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.

 

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10 COMMENTS:

Dina Lettre said...

I'm the same way. Most of it is just depressing here, so I stay out of it as much as possible. ;)

Tamar SB said...

I was thinking of you this morning when I heard about the protests on the news. I hope the continue to be peaceful!

Pieni Lintu said...

Take care!!

Kim Cunningham said...

I'm glad it has been peaceful, at least. Stay safe. Will be thinking of you all.

Jill Harrison said...

I hope the promises are met, that it remains peaceful and the lions are up dancing again.

carolina rico said...

Don´t know were to start... I am from Venezuela, and as you may know we have been peacefully protesting for years against Chavez and now against Maduro. THis year over 40 people have been killed, thousands are in prison, and schools have closed at times, and now basic goods like milk, meat, oil, flour, bread, toilet paper, and diapers are scars and we have to do long lines to get them. The worst part is that we see no end in sight.... As you, I try not to get into politics, but it sucks us in. Good luck to you and all your people... MAybe they keep their promise!!!! and never stop being happy for your kids!

barbara said...

I have to be honest: I don't know that much about the moment you are living... I love travel and see the world through my eyes (and you pictures) but I stay away from news networks... Partially because here in Italy, news are always about Italian situation, and partially because I imagine this ideal world where things will be equal for everybody (the power of imagination!) I will search more about what's happening there... Take care!

tinajo said...

I´ve read a little about this in swedish newspapers, but it was hard to grasp it all as a bystander.

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Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Beautiful!

LPC said...

My thoughts are with you.

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