This is just a short entry about the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong. To me, the things that aren’t being said are:
1. Hong Kong was never a democracy. I don’t know a whole lot about their political structure, but I do know there were never direct elections in Hong Kong. It was a British colony. So these demonstrations aren’t really fighting for democracy per se, they are fighting to preserve the freedom of speech and civil rights that existed under the British. I don’t think Hong Kong is ready for self-rule. I don’t think they have ever considered it. Am I wrong?
2. The media jumped on the protest in Hong Kong and is largely supportive of the protesters. Meanwhile, back in March, it took weeks of grassroots action for the protest in Taiwan to be seen in any mainstream media. And while the students in Hong Kong are undoubtedly brave for standing up against China, the students in Taiwan were totally badass for managing to occupy the legislature for SIX WEEKS. Why no outpouring of love for these students who also spent days cleaning everything up? Why so much support for Hong Kong, but so little for Taiwan’s scrappy democracy?
3. The protest in Hong Kong eerily follows the one in Taiwan. The Nationalists also sic’d a bunch of gangsters on the protesters. There is also the same double-talk of how China is the future of
Taiwan Hong Kong. Which makes me wonder how much the Nationalists and Communists are in cahoots. Well, they were originally the same party and now it seems they have the same interests: One China indivisible under Big Brother.