採訪/朱智善 編輯/尚燕 後製/舒燦
Flag Salute To Boos
On the Communist regime National Day, Oct.1, Hong Kong
chief executive Leung Chun-ying presided over the flag salute
to a sea of boos.
Occupy Central has lasted for more than 100 hours.
On the national holidays, Hong Kong protest continues but
was described as “festivity" according to mainland media.
Umbrellas seem to bond at Occupy Central.
On the day Occupy Central began, they became a line
of defense against police pepper spray and tear gas.
In the following two days, they shielded the sun,
and even became a slogan.
The umbrellas have made the government’s “mob" claim
the protest groundless.
A protest participant: “I was there when they launched
the first tear gas.
We are harmless people, you see,
we protect ourselves with umbrellas."
On the fourth day, the protest welcomed the Oct. 1 holiday
under the shelter of umbrellas.
In a rainstorm, protestors stood firm in the rumbling thunder.
So is their determination of universal suffrage.
At 4 a.m., HKFS (Hong Kong Federation of Students)
announced on Facebook that the Occupy Central has entered
its 100th hour, a milestone marking the determination
to fight for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Disobedience in the end will see the light of dawn.
So, what’s on people’s mind regarding the National Day?
An 18-year-old secondary school student, Dennis Wong:
“If a country does things that are right and its people are
convinced, naturally people will come out and celebrate
with it on the country’s birthday.
But now this is not the case.
Even though it’s national day, many people are standing up
and telling this government, ‘we are not satisfied with you.'"
Despite few participants, at 8 a.m. on Oct.1, the Flag Salute
took place at the Golden Bauhinia Square with the presence
of Leung Chun-ying and some officials.
In the public viewing area, people in black holding slogans
demanding democracy and universal suffrage
Legislative Councilor Leung Kwok-hung raised a black
memorial lantern, was in the demonstration with a banner
that read, “When people are ignored, no National Day."
When the flag rose to the top, dozens of people including
the Hong Kong student activist group Scholarism founder
Joshua Wong and spokesperson Oscar Lai turned their backs
on the flagpole and hands crossed over their heads.
In silence, they protested against the Communist congress’
ignorance of the public opinion, demanded Leung Chun-ying
to step down and political reform.
At the same time, protesters outside the Square
booed the event.
A 20 year-old student at Hong Kong University,
Bonnie Leung: “We are trying to peacefully attentively watch
the ceremony, but at the same time we are trying to express
our view, to tell the government we need real democracy
and we need universal suffrage."
Protestors are prepared for the national holiday
on Oct. 1 and 2, with food, masks, and safety glasses.
The students called on the government to address
the issue as soon as possible.
City University of Hong Kong Students Union Standing
Committee Ting Ka Ki: “There will be more and more
participants to the Occupy Central during the National Day
The government should respond as soon as possible
before it gets too late.
That’s the way to resolve the problem."
Meanwhile, the Pan-democracy Camp legislators
also discussed to impeach Leung Chun-ying
when Legislative Council reconvenes.
Hong Kong Legislative Council Sin Chung-kai:
“Next Wednesday will be the formal meeting.
We will discuss all current issues.
We already discussed how to impeach Leung Chun-ying.
We don’t distrust Leung Chun-ying."
However, all these protests in Hong Kong have become
opposing topics in mainland media.
In a special issue of the overseas edition of the Communist
newspaper, People’s Daily, the Occupy Central
went completely unreported.
The content was absolutely different from the real atmosphere
and situation in Hong Kong.
Ironically, the special edition was entitled,
“Festivity on National Day in Hong Kong and Macao."
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