there hasn’t been enough coverage of the ongoing protest in hong kong on tumblr, so i should at least tell you this: 

it’s been three days already, and so far, there has been no signs of violence or rioting in hong kong - no broken windows, no bloodshed, and as you can see here, there are signs everywhere from the protesters apologizing for inconveniecing people who have to go to work/school. where else can you find protesters cleaning up after the trash (be it their own or the police’s)? 

in fact, citizens who aren’t actively participating in the protest are bringing food, water, and other necessary supplies to the protesters, who are STILL quietly and peacefully occupying three main areas of the city. 

clearly, that’s dangerous enough for the police to keep bombing them with tear gas and block their internet to keep them from telling the world what’s happening. there are also crazy (though unfound) rumors spreading about chinese military intervention - again, COMPLETELY UNFOUND, but that is how tense the situation is right now.

i have friends who are still out there, either protesting or helping out, and by now it’s evident that the only thing that can hurt them isn’t the “rioters” - it’s government-sanctioned police brutality.

tear gas and rubber bullets against students armed with highly dangerous umbrellas and $1 face masks. 

looks like the government’s going all out to “protect the city”

i’ve spent the last two days at home watching the live feed of the ongoing student protest in hong kong, and it horrifies me to see how low the government has stooped to rob us of our democracy. 

a lot of my friends are out there fighting for the city - at the risk of being arrested for “obstruction of justice”, what the fuck - and i wish i was there with you all. 

please stay safe.

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tartarsaucegaryen:

Starting on Monday, thousands of university students in Hong Kong have been gathering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tamar Park (outside the government offices) to protest the National People Congress (NPC) of China’s decision to restrict the right to vote for Chief Executive, the city’s highest political leader in 2017.

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Article 45 of the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s own mini-constitution implemented after the handover from Britain to China in 1997) states that the Chief Executive should be chosen by universal suffrage as an eventual goal. Time and time again the Communist Party of China have dodged/shut down any democratic progress. Last month the NPC announced that they would continue using the 1200-member committee, consisting of members loyal to the Communist Party, to vote for our CE. THIS IS ILLEGAL. THIS IS SHAM DEMOCRACY AND SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.

The sit-in of university students belongs to a movement called ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ and is led by The Hong Kong Federation of Students (schedule and declaration of the strike included). This act of civil disobedience consists of absolute non-violence. It consists of free public lectures offered by university professors and writers on topics like Orwell’s ‘1984’, history of Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy, Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight to end injustice etc etc. I was one of the students sitting in Tamar Park on Tuesday and Thursday and it was one of the most rewarding, educational and, I must emphasise, peaceful political activities I have ever witnessed.

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On Friday, high school students led by the student group Scholarism joined in the protest. They marched to Civic Square, pleading for our current CE to come out of his offices and listen to their requests, just like he promised during his ‘campaign’ in 2012. More and more citizens joined in the protest after work.

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The police started cutting off access to Civic Square, which is a publicly owned area. They used shields to form a blockade against the protestors and started pushing them back. When people resisted with umbrellas, they started using clubs and pepper spray on the protestors, who started putting both of their hands up to show they are unarmed. Many students who managed to rush in Civic Square are arrested, including the leading of Scholarism. Many of them have visible injuries caused by police brutality and some of them still haven’t been released from police custody.

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THE FIGHT IS STIL GOING ON. PEOPLE ARE STILL CROWDING OUTSIDE CIVIC SQUARE AND TAMAR. Resources are running thin and the police are still threatening violence. Some of my friends are at the protest and they are continuing the struggle despite the risks. It is predicted that the police will escalate their brutality with tear gas, more pepper spray and water cannons against innocent, peaceful protestors, many of them teenagers.

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You can watch Occupy Central live here: x (Apple Daily livestream)

I know tumblr is a US-centric place but PLEASE PLEASE SPARE A SECOND TO REBLOG THIS POST. Hong Kong is a tiny city. We are anything but a formidable force in international politics. The only thing we can do is raise awareness among the world and force our corrupt government to answer to our protests. 

PLEASE HELP US. 

Articles on Occupy Central (English): x (The Economist), x (BBC News), x (Mail Online), x (Newsweek), x (CNN), x (Right Now I/O), x (NY Times)

Updates (Chinese): x (Campus TV, HKU), x (Apple Daily), x (Amnesty International Hong Kong), x (InMedia HK), x (926政總現場消息發佈)

spread the news and help us please. every little bit counts.