Hong Kong: thousands protest over Beijing-backed leader

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  1. Ray

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    Hong Kong: thousands protest over Beijing-backed leader

    Tens of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong on the first day of 2013 to call for the city's Beijing-backed leader to step down over allegations he lied about illegal renovations at his mansion.


    Police said 26,000 people joined the march at its peak while organisers said 130,000 took part.

    They carried banners and chanted slogans urging the leader, Leung Chun-ying, to resign. Some held signs depicting Mr Leung as Pinocchio or with wolf-like fangs, a play on Leung's nickname, the wolf. One demonstrator was dressed as a wolf wearing a Communist Red Guard uniform, a reference to fears over his close ties to China's leaders. Many waved Hong Kong's British colonial-era flag.

    In the evening, about 2,500 members of a small radical group briefly blocked several roads after they were stopped by authorities from marching to Mr Leung's official government residence. At one point, protesters pushed and shoved with police.

    In a sign of the widening political divisions in the semiautonomous region 15 years after Britain handed control back to China, thousands of other Hong Kongers joined a rival march held in support of Mr Leung on the same day by pro-government groups. Organisers of that march said 60,000 people took part while police put the number at 8,000.

    The day of protest comes half a year after Mr Leung took office after being chosen by a 1,193-member committee of mostly pro-Beijing elites. Leung won the job of Hong Kong's leader, known as the chief executive, after a scandal over a huge, illegal basement brought down his rival.

    But illegal structures were later discovered at Mr Leung's house, prompting politicians to accuse him of covering it up and calling for his impeachment. Demonstrators are using the controversy to push for full democracy for Hong Kong.

    Mr Leung's popularity has plunged since he took office because of the scandal over his house and other controversies.

    Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997 and granted Western-style civil liberties not seen on mainland China. Beijing has pledged that Hong Kong's leader can be directly elected by 2017. Full democracy for the legislature, where some representatives are chosen by business groups, is promised for 2020.
    Hong Kong: thousands protest over Beijing-backed leader - Telegraph

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    This is a clear indication of the serious divide in the mindset that exists on the Mainland and the one that is in the semi autonomous Hong Kong.

    As the earlier protests had indicated against what the Hong Kongers called the CCCP's attempt to brainwash the h|Hong Kongers with 'constructed' history, this protest too apparently is a signal that the Hong Kongers are totally against the Communist style of governance and the anger of corruption is but a catalyst.

    There is no doubt that the Hong Kongers apparently wants full democracy wherein they are free to exercise their will.

    No wonder some carried the colonial flag to indicate that they are not in sync with Communism and the Communist party.
     
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    What?the Communist style of governance? Even Mr Leung himself is a "Capitalist", a partner of DTZ Debenham Tie Leung he co-founded.

    During British colonial period, the Governor of HK was appointed by London (remember Chris Pattern?), and most legislators were also appointed by the governor in turn. What democracy? No election. No suffrage.

    Now matter how much u hate Communism or CCP, your analysis is totally obsfucating, a distortion
     
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    The Communists are snakes.

    They claim to be for the people but they are for themselves.

    Take each CCP leader, he is rolling in wealth, Wen, Xi and all.

    The British may have done what they did, but the HK chaps like them and not the Chinese Mainlanders!

    You can't put down those who have had a taste of freedom!

    If, as you infer, the Communist system was that wonderful, why the Dickens are they protesting all the time?

    I don't hate anything because I am pragmatic enough to realise that I cannot wish them away. I merely dislike since I believe every man must be free and not be controlled to become robotic.
     
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    People only tend to see one side of the story not only because they choose to ignore the other side, but also because they lack the means to see the other side.

    Parade to support Beijing-backed leader, 2012.12.31. I doubted the British medias wish to report something like that, only some random people waving the Hong Kong's British colonial-era flag would catch their attentions.

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    How many is the question who parade for the Communist Mainland?

    How many knew of XI, Wen and others who have relatives as the smokescreen to illegal wealth making?

    Therefore, the Chinese media takes the cake in hiding the truth.
     
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    According to HK news paper DaGongBao, over 10,000 people participated in the parade.

    How about the British media, did they tell you there were 10,000 people participated in a parade to support Beijing?

    People who paraded to protest Beijing are free-mined, while peple who paraded to support Beijing are relatives of Wen, Xi, Hu?

    What a crap!
     
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    10,000 for China and how many against?

    Of course, for the Communists is it crap!

    Truth has always been crap for the Mainland robots and conditioned minds!

    Sadly for you all, HK is not China where the world is not present.

    In HK the world is present and one can see and learn from the very Chinese of HK what they feel and that too without the fear that one has in the Mainland.
     
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    Actually the localites have a derogatory term for the migrants from the mainland :"locusts". This suggests that the locals are not exactly thrilled at the arrival of people from the mainland whom the locals say are brainwashed by CCP propaganda. Another thing to be taken into account is the huge uproar in HK when the Chinese tried to change the school syllabus, the locals termed it as an attempt to brainwash their kids. So there is a lot of underlying friction on both levels, the govt. Level as well as the people to people level, with a major confrontation possibly inevitable in the near to mid future
     
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    One wonders why the Hong Kong Chinese are so different in outlook than the Mainland Chinese.

    Hong Kong Chinese seem to be free wheeling while the Mainlanders cannot think beyond what the CCP orders them to think!
     

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