The Umbrella Revolution

The Umbrella Revolution: How Hong Kong defends itself against itself against its own government. No looting, no burglaries, no fires, no stepping on grass, and no unfinished homework. And how do we plan to win? With love, peace and good morals.

Vision HK
The Umbrella Revolution of Hong Kong, 2014.

Hong Kong’s passionate and unrelenting fight for democracy has begun to set an example for the world in regards to how protests can be fought. If the police force are able to exercise their rationale and let the conscience be their guide, rather than blindly follow inflexible orders, then Hong Kong stands a chance at winning with a ribbon.

And an umbrella.

This all started as a peaceful protest, where students, leaders and activists have gotten together to fight for democracy by way of Scholarism. This is the new-wave education which Hong Kong has been undergoing for the last few years, and in terms of social sciences, one could almost call this Hong Kong’s Enlightenment Period. After years of social suppression, Hong Kong education has finally liberated the minds of its People, and in turn, the People are merely asking for a shot at keeping this newly adopted and evidently welcomed mentality. The fact that the greatest percentage of supporters are university students, it stands to reason that Hong Kong’s education is, actually showing progress intellectually, socially and philosophically. All of these are key fundamentals to Humanism, and although Hong Kong may be decades late in adopting this mindset, this Revolution is an event that HAS to take place.

The French had theirs, as did the Russians. The Civil Rights movement was no different, and this is one of the fastest (not the fastest) spreading revolutions in the last century. Thanks to technology and a set of demographics that work to our advantage, we’ve managed to start a revolution that has been featured as international headlines for three consecutive days and counting. This has aroused global awareness and highly appreciated support from 40 cities and 15 countries. We thank Britain for voicing their concern and extend our gratitude to Chemring for looking into the matter. However, we fear that if Britain no longer distributes the gas to Hong Kong, the city will resort to using gas manufactured in China, which could be lethal.

Alas, we sincerely hope that people are clear on the fact that we are fighting for democracy and protesting police brutality. Contrary to what Ishaan Tharoor states in his report, Hong Kong is notΒ focused on protesting the arrest of student activist Joshua Wong, who was released the next day.

Proud HK

Citizen's concern and understanding towards the cops despite their brutality over the past few days.
Citizen’s concern and understanding towards the cops despite their brutality over the past few days.
The Environmental Protection Department stacks up bottles for recycling.
The Environmental Protection Department stacks up bottles for recycling.

The fact that recycling can still be a concern for the city shows how smoothly and successfully this protest is going. Well done, Hong Kong.

Translation: A Cop with a Conscience
Translation: A Cop with a Conscience

In attempt to regain the city’s trust, cops whose vision is aligned with ours are openly showing their support.

Benny Tai from Occupy Central breaks down for the city.
Benny Tai from Occupy Central breaks down for the city.
We are crying to be heard.
We are crying to be heard.

Hong Kong adopts the tune from Les MisΓ©rables “Do You Hear The People Sing?” as the anthem for democracy by changing the lyrics into Cantonese so as to complement the situation.

In the mean time, the streets remain quiet at 11 AM on China’s National Day, October 1st. Many are hoping for the radical irony of Hong Kong Independence Day landing National Day, but until I can physically be present, I will continue to contribute to the protest by translating posts from the Chinese news and posting it onto the unfiltered English live feed here. For the live feed of official (with sources) unfiltered news, please follow this one.

Stay strong Hong Kong.
McGordan

Hobbes’ State of War

A morning of understanding the basic idea of Hobbes’ theory on man’s natural state being a state of war resulted in an incessant usage of brains vs. writing skills. As I have come to conclude, not only is human nature flawed, but because of our unwillingness to accept that we are equal at the core (we are glory seeking – thus, we want to be “different” and “special”) we are in constant conflict – constant matter in motion – with self and society as it is.

Man is egotistic, focusing on the unquenchable needs of self before the desires of others, and with our naturally conflicting and competitive nature, we are in constant battle for resources and space. Not only are our materialistic desires incessant, but essentially our desire for freedom becomes the driving force for conflict. This, and our diffidence (lack of trust in others) causes us to meet our own gains rather than risk loss via means of co-operation.

Anyway, this is just what I studied this morning. Obviously I have the rest of the day ahead of me. History today, and International Relations tomorrow, hopefully.

But as for current affairs…

  • The UN introduced reducing the amounts of female circumcision in Africa (despite this being a part of the culture) but has resulted in 65% reduction since 2007.
  • The IPCC was off by 22 years in predicting when the Himalayan Mountains would melt: Global warming is still a controversy, and unproven.
  • Debates regarding whether economic improvement will result in climate change – but ambiguity regarding whether the change is “good” or “bad” results in unending and rhetorical arguments.
  • China over-reacted to America’s selling 6-Million worth of military artillery weapons
  • North-Korea liberated the Christian Prisoners on suspicious terms, possible brainwashing involved
  • China is North-Korea’s greatest ally; Russia is China’s greatest ally; the Middle East is Russia’s Greatest Ally. If the world were to break into a Third World War, the Western nations have little to fend for.
  • Hong Kong’s continued fight for democracy is succeeding by far – however, because of the little capitalism that HK is built on, there is a chance that if HK becomes fully democratic, China will react negatively and HK risks another post-97′ decline.
  • South African President Jacob Zuma’s fifth wife was recently arrested for drug smuggling.
  • Haiti’s death toll reached 200,000 (the first estimate)

That’s all for now. More updates to come soon.

As a matter of fact
There’s no turning back.
~ATB~