H K 7 1

Posting coz: Emo.  And Itchy fingers and eyes stung to shutness by watching too much I Live in Cheongdam-Dong (I'm at ep59, ie another 20+ eps since days ago, and meanwhile I saw Beckham in the flesh, drank too much beer, flirted with some ChelseaFC cute young boys, bbq partied twice (argh), ran 3 miles, watched Euro cup…witness my decay into a subhuman.)  DARN u tuduo playlist for automatically playing next ep without even a flick of my beyond tired and cramped fingers just when I'm fighting mightily against my eternal dilemma of One More Ep! and genius!me suddenly thought reading some TTSS and rewatching WKW's Happy Together (1997) at night, with a heavy heavy heavy heart and lots of sobs will alleviate ANY of my body irrevocably quitting me.

As a good socialist, I'm going where the money is; as a good capitalist, I'm sticking with the revolution, because if you can't beat it, spy on it! …It's the name of the game these days, you scratch my conscience, I drive your Jag, right?  -Roy Bland.  (John Le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)  The world they lived in.

Reading TTSS, I never wanna be there in the stifling decay.  A dense grey fog of conscience, seeing the filth u r inhaling with no way out.  The rotten disillusionment so suffocating and seeped in.  Be a soft fool?  A moral cynic ceasing to care? Witnessing what my hometown is going through last 15 years, it's 15th anniversary of Return.   Hitting too close to home.  15 years, Smiley and Karla.

Curiously I parallel Smiley with HKG so very often while reading him throughout Le Carré, maybe that's why I have a soft spot for him even with he's being the frustrating 'soft fool' he was, not putting up enough of a fight, jeopardizing ideals and ppl with sworn loyalty to him.  But did he have choices in the milieu?  How can I win? Smiley asks himself, alone, restrained by doubt and a sense of decency–how can any of us–against this remorseless fusillade?

2003.7.1  I was one of the 500,000.  It was an entraordinarily peaceful protest, defending our civil liberties.  Peaceful, civil, not saying in the least comfortable.  I remembered I was trying to lure myself into the optimism of,  'this is a secular history making event. ' It could not, should not be an institution, a 'tradition',  because 500,000 people forming an orderly 2 mile moving/stalling protest for hours in 30+C, insufferable humidity was a miracle, a very scary miracle.  Murphy's Law.  In the back of my cynical mind I knew the hours I experienced in flesh back then, would happen all over again and again and again….9 years later.  Bittersweet, mostly bitter, but I can feel the verve of hope.  The little consolation is the people still have the 'freedom' no matter the direr and direr obstacles.  But things r certainly in a downward spiral. In 2003, we got top hated officials' resignations.  In 2012, I bet each of the 400,000 crowd can feel the futility and urgency in enjoying the 'last hurray'.



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I feel bad for the policemen on duty, still amazed aside from reports of heat strokes and exhaustion, no one is injured because of the demonstration.

bottomline:

This, they call 'democratic election', the rest of us call it sth else. Citizens r disgruntled past boiling point because the past 'elected officials/appointees' thus far have been doing nth while society deteriorated beyond savage, esp human rights and civil liberties, fulfilling all the brown-nosing in their one and only job description fr their bosses up north, or downright looting bribes, monetary gains left and right (the just stepped down Mr. Tsang)  It'll be an easier bitter pill to swallow if this just sworn in chief was not caught red-handed lying through his teeth most ridiculously with his every other comment.  More on Mr. Leung.

Reports fr CNN NYT Guardian NPR and more

But then why is my hometown so preciously beautiful in my eyes, still?!?!  The irony, the dichotomy, the depressing melancholy of a dying city and the undying hope of its people still fighting for ideology in HK of all places.  Livid, civil demonstrators to the background of fireworks and jubilation.  To quote Roy Bland: Well…. And I'm definitely functioning."An artist is a bloke who can hold two fundamentally opposing views and still function." Who dreamed that one up?

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10 ft waterfilled barricades

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peppersprayed

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None of the pics fr weibo, my fav playground.  Posting any pics fr HK ip addy today is not censored per se, you can still post it, but u r the only one in the world not walled fr seeing it.

4 thoughts on “H K 7 1

  1. Woow, that’s a heck lot of ppl considering how small HK is. Are the demonstrations still ongoing now? What exactly is it about this Mr. Leong that’s pissing ppl off actually? Apart from his alleged know-nothing to the additions in his private home? Mind me I’m such a shell noob until I read your post hehe.

    OTOH, I’m relieved that nobody was hurt, it goes on to see how disciplined and well organized the people and police force were? I hate to compare this to the recent protest in our country (for clean and fair elections) and its repercussions. Barricades were constructed, pepper spray sprayed (the same above) but the treatment of the demonstrators by the police was by far worse, I wasn’t there but I’ve heard. And now even the leader of the protest (so called the perpetrator of the illegal assembly alleged by the police) is receiving death threats by pro gov ppl, them protesting before her hse, invading her privacy and such just because she led a group of ppl demonstrating their freedom of speech (not against the gov per se but just mere advocating of clean elections!). BIG SIGHS.

    I hope things will be better for your hometown.

    1. It’s more PRC whitewashing propaganda down out throats like we r geese for foie gras and saying he’s democratically elected and with the support of the party that makes him a sad joke. He’s a lying liar who lies shabbily. As the top real estate surveyor by trade, partnering before he is 30, he made his millions and career out of it and he of all peeps should know exactly what is going on with illegal additions against codes, much better than an appledaily reporter. And he’s still feigning ignorance and not manning up to any of it, as always. One of the sickest lamest excuse is he presenting a pic of one of the addiction with hello kitty stickers on it when moves in, ‘proving’ that is fr a prior owner, so silly and pissing off all HK lovers. *sigh* The thing with him first of all, the worst kept secret is, he’s an underground commie, so nominating him is against the signed BritishSino agreement of who is eligible as HK Chief Executive.

      And it’s how blatantly wicked he’s handled every lies or wishywashiness he’s said and done. HE’s responsible for a foiled gov plan wasting billions and when the report is out saying it’s a disappointment, mishandling, horrible planning blablabla, he can lie through his teeth saying thank you for the report of giving him his innocence, just one of many many such incidents. tbh I’m not as livid as most of HKers with him on the post because I see it much more cynically. He’s a brilliant cunning guy who have been stroking the party very well like a well oiled machine for so long, IF he has a bit of heart in him to work for SOME HK issues, he could be the only one capable of conniving behind their backs and get sth done without the ‘bosses’ sniffing coz like wuxia, he’s like a loyal houseslave/pet to them and if there’s anyone who can get their guard off for a revengeful reversal, it’s them.

      It’s disciplined but I’m not sure about organized because we just went on the streets and be civil, afterall these demonstrations have been going on annually for 6.4 and 7.1 annually, just not often this scale. I was so shocked of the massiveness of the crowd I was part of in 2003, but the ppl didn’t misbehave and back then the police has always been supportive. Pepper spraying is a new thing. Detaining a reporter for shouting a question at Premier just before 7/1 was uncalled for and the police don’t have the authority, totally sparking off a lot of protestors’ fury as a sign of loss of freedom of press. We have the right to demonstrate in HK. IT was particularly hairy this year because of many stifling moves by the police, bottle-necking the crowd and be unreasonable with the barricades, but still it went very well.

  2. “But then why is my hometown so preciously beautiful in my eyes, still?!?! The irony, the dichotomy, the depressing melancholy of a dying city and the undying hope of its people still fighting for ideology in HK of all places. ” So well-said.

    Everybody says HK is a dying city but whenever it’s near the verge of “dying” we see people coming out despite all actions seem to be mere futility. The only hope we’ve got is the forever-postponed general election. I sure still have hope that I’ll be able to participate during my lifetime…

    – So3

    1. mte! It was both a very sad but beautiful visual of seeing HKers united for sth as futile.

      I think the HK as we know it is dead, but we r not going to lie down without savaging the last bit after all the fight in us.

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