The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Hundreds of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy ‘poll‘ IN DEFIANCE OF Beijing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/22/us-hongkong-vote-idUSKBN0EX09K20140622).
“Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms in Hong Kong, part of a civil campaign that has been branded ILLEGAL by the former British colony and by Communist Party authorities in Beijing”. Again, as we’ve mentioned on a number of occasions now, the question is not what’s “illegal” in China ( A LOT of things are), but rather what’s LEGAL.
“Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with wide-ranging autonomy under the formula of “one country, TWO SYSTEMS (?)”, along with an UNDATED promise of universal SUFFRAGE“. There are TWO things to note here. First again notice “one country TWO SYSTEMS“. WHERE ARE these “two systems?” It seems as if Hong Kong is being FORCED INTO the COMMUNIST “system”. Secondly, because this “promise of universal suffrage” is UNDATED, “universal suffrage” has become “universal” SUFFERING.
On Sunday (June 22, 2014), Anson Chan, “Hong Kong’s former top civil servant and a key SUPPORTER of the vote“, said: “What is the point of one man, one vote if at the end of the day, we HAVE TO vote from three PUPPETS or four PUPPETS ANOINTED by Beijing?” There is NO “point” in that.
“At one polling station, about 20 people from PRO-Beijing group Caring Hong Kong Power shouted at voters who braved the rain, urging them NOT to cast ballots” or more accurately THREATENING them “not to cast ballots”.
“You are sending your children to the BATTLEFIELD“, one shouted at a voter”.
“At a sing-along rally in support of the referendum on Friday (June 20, 2014), more than 100 people gathered in Central to sing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from the musical Les Miserables“.
“Pro-BEIJING newspapers, Chinese officials and Hong Kong business tycoons have STRONGLY CRITICIZED the Occupy Central campaign, saying it will HARM Hong Kong”. This group of “business tycoons”, of course, includes STANLEY HO, who, as we know, is FIERCELY ANTI-DEMOCRATIC/PRO-CHINA (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Macau_cultural_exchange).
Finally, “Activists say it is a PEACEFUL movement, demanding a “GENUINE choice” for Hong Kong voters”.
To conclude, Hong Kongers CONTINUE TO “defy Beijing”, AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) and AS THEY SHOULD