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Weekly updates resume Monday, 20 October! Stick around for progress updates and THANK YOU for reading!
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TISHHH YOU ARE AMAZING and I’m so proud of you. We all are. Seriously.
Also Bob nice transformers figurines you fuckin nerd.
If you know anyone who’d be interested, let me know! It’s in Oakland near the 19th Street BART station.
I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.
Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.
The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.
Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it.
My city is in chaos.
This is what’s happening to Hong Kong right this minute.
It is difficult for me to put into words, but simply put, University students started a class boycott movement demanding democracy and universal suffrage from the Hong Kong and Chinese Government this week, and the movement has escalated into citizens occupying Government Square and now, a main road leading into Hong Kong’s central hub.
Most protesters are younger generation Hong Kongers, including university students and even secondary school students. The leader of the student movement himself is barely even old enough to drive a car.
The movement began peacefully with citizens merely sitting quietly and occupying a public space in a silent protest on Friday night.
Then at 7:00 in the morning the next day, policemen stormed into the public square and began clearing out the area by force, dragging youngsters out violently, injuring many of them. Policemen have also been witnessed to beating youngsters without reason, and using high-concentration, anti-riot pepperspray on civilians who are merely attempting to protect themselves. No civilian put up any sort of fight or attempt at assaulting the police as far as i know,
(Police justified clearing out the area with the reason that protesters are holding illegal meetings in a public space.)
(Protesting civilians who remained on the streets overnight are wearing plastic wraps and raincoats under 30 degree weather in an attempt to protect themselves should the police utilize peppersprays again.)
The movement escalated again tonight when the protesters (now 4 times the size of the student movement the previous week) occupied a main road leading to the central hub of Hong Kong.
The police barricaded the roads and attempted to stop more people from joining the crowd this whole afternoon, but the peaceful crowd remained persistent and would not leave the area even after the police issued verbal warnings. (I emphasize “peaceful”, because protesters continued to be orderly and did not display any forms of aggression. They even cleared out a path for cars to pass the area, something the police didn’t even bother to do.)
At around 6:00, the police began using peppersprays on civilians again, this time high-powered ones that came in tanks instead of in bottles. Our people continued to shield themselves with umbrellas, but the umbrellas were also soon snatched away by the police. Live feed videos have also confirmed that police have been misusing peppersprays by firing them at close proximity, and also not giving any sort of verbal warnings before firing.
Video of a policeman firing at an elderly man at point-blank range:
Yet again, protesters remained, and at 7:00, armed forces were sent into the crowd. They began firing tear gas capsules INTO the crowds and even INTO First-aid stations. The rounds came every few minutes and i counted at least 5 capsules being fired in a 10-minute period according to the live feeds.
at least 30,000 people continue to stand their ground right this second, more armed policemen are being sent in, and news is that these police are ordered to use guns (loaded with plastic bullets) on civilians if protesters continue to remain.
I fear for the people because policemen are not what they used to be anymore. These “police” who should be protecting us are now private armies for the government. I am watching my city die. It’s a terrifying feeling. If the police feel they are justified to use force on innocent civilians, tonight could end up in another massacre just like that of the Tian An Men June Fourth Massacre in 1989.
And at this point I am too emotional to say anything else except that we need your prayers and your support. Please spread this out, people all over the world need to see what is happening right now.
LIVE FEED OF THE CURRENT SITUATION:
Thank you kyleeeee / w \ <333333333 (and no worries, i’m just being whiny bc i usually don’t have to deal with this shit. BUT I HOPE SO TOO LOL)
LOL the notes have crawled down on the post so the asks have too thankfully. But so far it’s super chill and rad, thank you Rachel!!! <3333
omg… sarah you’re so sweet! and no worries, I think I mentioned my bday was coming up once but didn’t mention a date. Everyone has birthdays this time of year ahaha. But this is such a sweet message, thank yout! I feel the same way about you, you’re great and always a pleasure to have pop up on my dash :»> thank you so much! <3
Oh man, just what I wanted. NO TRADE-INS FOR THIS GUY, you’re in the permanent collection. Thank you!! <333
i just got a message notification but it didn’t show in my inbox, so resend maybe?? unless it’s about urbance then please just leave.
YOU CAN BARELY SEE HER HAIR, ITS THERE I SWEAR.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY polks POLKS!!!!!!!!!!!
ILL TRY NOT TO GET TOO CHEESY since im bad at the application of cheese BUT i love you so much and you are definitely one of the bright spots in my life, and i cant imagine whatd itd be like if we never hit it off; significantly less fun, is my best guess? you’re wonderful and a kick ass friend. I LOVE YOU JUST KNOW THAT <33333
SO I just continued my apparent tradition of making you Rails, but I never know what clothes to draw her in…so i just…she has three little outfits based on what youve sketched her in and her psd has like an extra pair of pants IF THERE IS ANY PARTICULAR OUTFIT YOU WANT LET ME KNOW??? Or if you want a bigger version of one of the others let me know that too. or i can just send you the psd lmao.
I LOVE YOU!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I HOPE ITS AS WONDERFUL AS YOU ARE!!!!!
here are the other outfits because tumblr makes them all go straight down of course
Man it’s easy to be like TUMBLR’S TRASH but without it I wouldn’t have met so many cool people, and you were one of the first I met on here. So yeah, thx tumblr, ur kinda shitty but you did me a solid. THANK YOU SO MUCH CRU!!! I love these, they’re so cute. And I’m down the this tradition of rail-themed gifts heheh (I would totally love the psd) I love you a lot and thank you for bein there for me darlin <333
so polks turns 47 years old today and this is part of my present to her!! happy b-day, my love! i hope you have a good one because you deserve it!!!!! I LOVE UUUU!!!! ❤
most incred bday gift???
i love you but i regret to inform you that you’re under arrest for these crimes. Who would to this to the elderly on their 85th birthday… God i keep laughing and getting distracted just looking at it AFSGD I LOVE YOU YA DOOFUS, THANK YOU FOR THE GIFTS AND FOR BEING IN MY LIFE!! You are the best <333333333333333333