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Section 1 of 3:  Recommended Photos/Videos/Reading

Global (in English) Greater China (in English) Greater China (in Chinese)
What Je Suis Charlie Has Become Scott Sayare, The Atlantic
A Definitive New Callas Michael Shae, NYROB
The Pursuit of Beauty Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker
A Spy in the Machine The Verge
Page 3's Insidious Sexism
The Atlantic
France Arrests a Comedian for his Facebook Comments Glenn Greenwald
Doris and Me Jenny Diski, LRB
Smuggling Cubans Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution
Behind the Smoke Screen of Hong Kong Local Communist Regimes Attack on Localists Leung Man-to, Local Press
Peter Hesslers China Daily article: how low can they go?  The Peking Duck
News Assistants: The Unsung Heroes of Journalism in China Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

Pril Jaune  Fluide Glacial
The Etymology of Umbrella Revolution Chapman Chen, Local Press

莫言:人一上网就变得厚颜无耻
宋家父子看「雨傘運動」 馮睎乾,蘋果日報
輕逸與深情讀《宋淇傳奇》郭梓祺
我讀《宋淇傳奇》  馮睎乾

Section 2 of 3:  Brief comments

[This is a collection of information on the Occupy Central movement/revolution (also known as the Umbrella movement/revolution) in Hong Kong. This is not comprehensive coverage by any means. Many perspectives are already available in abundance in English (see, for example, Reddit on Umbrella Revolution), so there is no need for me to duplicate them here. Instead, the focus here is on popular Chinese-language materials that are not otherwise available in English. Most of the information is gathered from mainstream media, social media (Facebook, YouTube, discussion forums (mainly Hong Kong Discussion Forum, Hong Kong Golden Forum, HKGalden, Uwants and Baby Kingdom), blogs and polling data). The YouTube/Facebook videos have people speaking in the Cantonese dialect and the discussion forums often use uniquely Hong Kong Internet language that is not even comprehensible to mainland Chinese citizens. My contribution is to compile and translate into English these otherwise unknown materials to provide a fuller view of the Occupy Central movement.]

(SCMP)

Sweeteners totalling HK$6.6 billion have been announced in the 2015 budget a jump of nearly 80 per cent on last years figure which will favour the worse-off members of the population.

Among the additional government expenses, HK$5.5 billion will go towards an extra two months worth of allowances for recipients of  CSSA, Old Age Allowance (fruit money), Old Age Living Allowance and Disability Allowance. A months rent will be waived for low income tenants living in rental public units, prompting an expenditure of HK$1.1 billion.

Altogether, these items will cost the government 78 per cent more than the HK$3.7 billion earmarked last year.

(Oriental Daily) A Facebook manual on how to apply for CSSA (Comprehensive Social Security Assistance):


Step 1: Break all family relationships
Because the application is based on the family unit, you must break all family relationships. If you want a good living, you must disown your parents, siblings and children! Of course, you need to contact them first to document the fact, such as obtaining your mother's statement that she is no longer supporting you and you tell the Social Welfare Department folks that you have to move out to a $1,500 month tomb-like room for that reason. Please remember that your rented room must cost less than the maximum rent subsidy.
Why won't you apply along with your family? Because it is hard to reach consensus, because some of those old eggheads may act as if they have backbones. Besides, the per capita payment will be less with a larger family. If your mother, your father, your sister and you split up, you will be receiving four separate welfare payments!

Step 2: Resign from your job
As everybody knows, CSSA (Comprehensive Social Security Assistance) has an income test. Before you apply, you must resign from your job. Retire now and don't even think more about it. You are going to get money for doing nothing, so why work anymore? For pride? Nobody believes that anymore! Getting your boss to add the comment "unable to complete the work due to defective mental capacity" would be even better!

Step 3: Wipe your records clean
CSSA also has an asset test! So you should put aside your bank accounts, stocks, foreign currency, gold and anything else. Do not apply until you have done so! You may not know how to make money, but you surely must know how to hide away your assets. You don't need me to teach you that! Please remember that you must not give your assets away to your relatives or friends, because the Social Welfare Department will count all gifts within the last three years. If you own any real estate, let them go too. You should put up with short-term losses compared to the long-term gains.

Step 4: Prepare for the home visit
You can now file an application with the Social Welfare Department. They will visit you at home. Put away your PS4, Gundams and butter. If you must have a computer at home, please find a Pentium 3 machine from somewhere. If you have done Steps 1-3, you are basically ready! If you want to make sure, you refer to 'butter' as 'beef' as if you have never heard of it.

Step 5: Your benefits
Congratulations! Your application has been approved and you are eligible for the basic $2,070 monthly payment. This is supposed to cover food, telecommunications, water, gas and electricity. This is going to be tough, but if you can have a few more children, you will have a lot more subsidies. Of course, you just hand the children off for relatives to take care off!

You will receive a maximum rent subsidy of $1,500. You won't be able to rent anything with so little money. So you need to sleep in the street for a few days and tell the Social Welfare Department about it so that they can move you ahead for public housing eligibility.

As for medical coverage, you don't have to spend a cent if you are on CSSA. Some of my welfare recipient friends even get prescriptions and sell them to pharmacies. You do that every day of the month and you make enough to buy an iPhone6 already. You may even consider breaking your arm or leg, for which you get $1,950 per month for 50% disability and another $500 for 100% disability. If you need constant care, you can as much as $3,515 in subsidies.

Step 6: Getting a job afterwards
Although you are now living well, the Social Welfare Department will demand health young people to go find a job or enter some kind of training program. They will set a plan up for you to get a job, and they will check how you did. At this time, your former boss' letter will come in handy! "Unable to complete the work due to defective mental capacity" will cause the Social Welfare Department to recommend you to see a psychologist (who could be as pretty as psychologist Kelly Chan in the movie Infernal Affairs). If you are unlucky that you actually get a job, the Social Welfare Department will withhold your pay. It is up to you to decide whether you want to live in heaven or hell.

As a reminder, a welfare recipient cannot leave Hong Kong for more than 56 days per year. So you probably can't visit Europe more than 5 times a year.

(Headline Daily) February 27, 2015. By Ricky Wong.

I was dining with a government official a few days ago. He was pessimistic about the future of Hong Kong but I took the opposite view of great optimism. Yesterday, I listened to Financial Secretary John Tsang on radio about the new budget. I was sad to hear what some callers said to the radio host. These people think that they can just sit at home and the government is obliged to provide them with benefits including cheap housing, transport subsidies, electricity subsidies, providing for their parents ... all the audience members thought that government should shower more benefits.

I don't know if the radio station was screening the callers or whether these callers represent majority opinion. Some caller could not understand why the textbook subsidies were no longer available. Some people got real estate tax rebates, but non-homeowners receive nothing. Some people noted that your have child exemption, but there was no parent exemption. It is discouraging to listen on, because these people clearly don't realize that these benefits came from the corporate taxes and salary taxes that hard-working people earned and paid. Obviously, we should be helping certain needy people to maintain the most basic living standards. But these callers were not just asking to meet the basic daily needs, but they want to improve their own living standards not by their own hard work but by government assistance.

Many years ago, I went with Oxfam to Nepal. The workers reminded us not to hand candies to the local children, because this will mislead them into thinking that they can get something for nothing. Instead, we could buy a sheep for a local family so that they can raise more sheep. Subsidies should be intended to let the beneficiaries improve their skills to make a living for themselves. Let's be fair, Hongkongers.

Internet comments:

- (Wikipedia) Comprehensive Social Security Assistance:

One limb of the eligibility test for CSSA is the requirement of having been resident in Hong Kong for a certain number of years in the past, though not necessarily immediately before applying. Under the predecessor schemes to the CSSA, this requirement was 10 years up until 1959, five years after that, and then just one year after 1970. In 2004, the Tung Chee-hwa administration extended that period to seven years, in response to the rising cost of CSSA payments to Mainland Chinese new immigrants in Hong Kong, though children under the age of 18 were exempt from this new requirement. At the same time, the Tung administration introduced an additional requirement that the applicant have been resident in Hong Kong for one year immediately prior to the date of applicant.

Both of the requirements introduced in 2004 have since been struck down by the courts. In June 2010, in response to a lawsuit by a Hong Kong permanent resident formerly working in mainland China who had returned to Hong Kong after becoming unemployed, the Court of First Instance held that the requirement of one year's residence immediately prior to the date of application violated the right of freedom of movement in Article 31 of the Basic Law. The government appealed the ruling, but the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court's ruling and ruled against the government in February 2012. Then, in a 2013 case by a mainland Chinese woman whose husband had died soon after her arrival in Hong Kong, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that the seven-years' residence requirement violated Articles 36 and 145 of the Basic Law and ordered that the previous one-year requirement be reinstated.

- Hongkongers keep worrying about a Communist takeover. It turns out that the Communists are not mainlanders. The Communists are themselves.

- The older generation earned every cent with their own hands. The newer generation earned every cent by sticking out their hands.

- (Taipei Times October 15, 2007) Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang has been forced to make an unprecedented apology after warning that democracy could lead to the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, in which millions of Chinese were persecuted. Tsang said that democracy, if taken to the extreme, could spark scenes reminiscent of the disastrous decade-long violent purge of capitalist influence, which tore the country apart.

Tsang's initial comments were made during a radio interview on local broadcaster RTHK. "If you go to the extreme [of democracy] you have the Cultural Revolution, for instance, in China. Then people take everything into their hands, then you cannot govern the place," he said. Challenged by the interviewer on whether the purge under communist leadership was in fact an example of democracy, Tsang said: "It was people taking power into their own hands. This is what we mean by democracy."

"I am very sorry that I made an inappropriate remark concerning the Cultural Revolution during a radio interview and I wish to retract that remark," he said in a statement issued on Saturday, in what is believed to be his first public apology since taking office. "Hong Kong people treasure democracy and hope to implement universal suffrage as soon as possible. I share the same aspirations," he said.

- Hongkongers have too much pride to apply for CSSA. All those welfare recipients are mainlanders!

Mainland kids scram back to the mainland!
In 2014, Hongkongers awaken

Hong Kong is not obliged to feed these locusts
They don't pay taxes, they have not contributed, and they act as if we fucking owe them
If you want family reunification, you scram back to China.
In 2014, Hongkongers awaken

- Hongkongers are worse than Comfort Women. Under this new slavery system, they toil hard to provide for mainland idlers who defecate in the streets and push up prices.

- You are going to make $2,070 a month off CSSA. How are you going to survive. You pay $1,200 to rent a caged bed. You pay $20 for a lunch box twice a day for $20 x 2 x 30 = $1,200 a month. You are running behind already. So your own choice left must be ... to become a parallel goods trader carrying infant formula and toilet paper from Sheung Shui to Luohu!
So the optimal solution is this: Get rid of mainlander parallel traders by eliminating multiple-entry permits so that the market will be worked by Hong Kong parallel traders who can get off CSSA and make a proper living.

- "過左海就神仙" = Once you reach the other shore, you become a god. Most Hongkongers are not indigenous; they were either born in mainland China (about one-third) or their parents came from there. But once you are in Hong Kong and you learn to speak fluent Cantonese, you are a Hongkonger and no longer a mainland locust to be held in disgust and contempt. Nothing unusual here (reference points: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, etc).

- Yellow Ribbons say that they hate mainland locusts. But when there is money available, they change their tune and say that they wish they could be mainlanders living off CSSA. Can we all get along and become CSSA recipients every one of us?

- When the mainland newcomers have no job skills, you complain that they soak up welfare payments. When the mainland newcomers have high job skills, you complain that they take away the good jobs. When the mainland newcomers come with a lot of cash, you complain that they buy up all the luxury apartments. The only way to please you is to forbid all mainlanders to come to Hong Kong, either as immigrants, businessmen or tourists. Right?

- On one hand, this debate reveals the xenophobia towards mainlanders among certain Hongkongers. On the other hand, the more interesting revelation is the hostility towards social welfare recipients (=parasites). Yes, Hong Kong has its share of Welfare Queens.

One argument for preserving the functional constituency in the Legislative Council is that universal suffrage would give too much influence to those who make less than HKD$14,000 per month. Because they are much large in numbers, they control the election outcomes. They will vote in their own interests, which would be more social benefits from the government.

If I were a Legco or Chief Exec candidate, I should be proposing higher corporate taxes and a whole lot more welfare benefits. I am not being cynical. I am simply acting in accordance with the design principles of this system of universal suffrage.

If history is any guide, eventually businesses will move away from Hong Kong to friendlier Hengqin (Zhuhai) or Qianhai (Shenzhen) while Hong Kong will wallow in bitterness and recriminations endlessly.

- Some CSSA statistics:

By category in 2011, the number of cases:

Old age: 153,950
Permanent disability: 18,449
Ill health: 25,168
Single parent: 32,860
Low earnings: 12,319
Unemployment: 26,859
Others: 7,106
Total 276,710

The number of new arrival CSSA recipients (who could fall into any of the above categories) was 17,253 in December 2011.

More CSSA statistics:

Among adult new arrivals, 7.2% of their families received welfare. The percentage of families in the general population on CSSA was 11.5%. Comparing new arrivals families to general families, the percentage of news arrivals' families receiving CSSA was lower than that for general ones.

Yet many commentators seem to think that the CSSA recipients are all new arrivals.

- In looking at the CSSA case categories, I would say:
Old age: ok
Permanent disability: ok
Ill health: ok
Single parent: fuck 'em
Low earnings: fuck 'em
Unemployment: fuck 'em
Others: fuck 'em
Total = 153,950 + 18,449 + 25,168 = 197,576 which is a 29% reduction to be re-distributed among the well-deserved CSSA recipients.

- Hey, only about 250,000 or persons are in the CSSA scheme. We must hold a public referendum to vote on whether CSSA should be eliminated altogether. We the working class who pay taxes will win hands down. This would be democracy at its finest.

First incident: During the Lunar New Year holidays, I received many messages from friends and family members. A police friend sent a photo of twelve members of the Police Tactical Unit (PTU) holding up a banner that said "喜氣羊羊" about joy for the Year of the Sheep. My first thought was that these police officers looked handsome. My second thought was that: "In these times, there is going to be trouble about this." Indeed, Internet users launched an all-out attack. Not only did they flood the comments, but they launched formal reports against these policemen for violating regulations.

According to a newspaper investigation, this photo was taken after the graduation ceremony. The relevant guns were not loaded. According to past practice, graduates are allowed to take photos with their friends and families for commemorative purposes. This was a trivial matter, but those troublemakers picked it up for hyping and attacking the police.

Second incident: On the second day of the Lunar New Year, Heung Yee Kuk chariman Lau Wong-fat went to Che Kung Temple as usual. Legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee was knocked about by the dancer wearing the Chinese unicorn costume. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpT_aTeIUI0 ) Immediately Internet users flooded the forums with the videos, including slow- and reverse- motion versions. Meanwhile the Liberal Party celebrated their Lunar New Year group meeting with Kirin (=Chinese unicorn) beer. Reporters interviewed the dancer in the Chinese unicorn costume to see if he is a Yellow Ribbon.

These two episodes showed the narrow-mindedness of some Hongkongers. They have lots of time to nitpick on some trivia every day, and the media obliged by magnifying these into major incidents. This is how frogs in the well come into being.

Internet comments:

- Parents, do not let their children join the Hong Kong Police, because they are the Dark Forces.

- Parents, how to tell if your son is good or bad? If your son is good, he enlists in the Police Force; if your son is bad, he sleeps in the street.

- This photo of police carrying rifles is clearly intended to terrorize. They remind people that the police can shoot you anytime and therefore you should be wary about joining any demonstration to defend your God-given rights.

- I don't care what you all have to say. This is all I have to know about the Hong Kong Police:

- Lots of Hong Kong police carrying guns in this promotional video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkxEbXlhBy4. We must demand YouTube to take down this piece of terrorist propaganda. We Hongkongers have to defend our freedom, democracy and human rights. In a democracy, when a policeman wants to fart, he has to obtain the permission of the citizens first.

- Terrorism from the Hong Kong Police's Counter Terrorism Response Unit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1mo-2Lx94U Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzcdVfcLnj0 Part 2

- How would Hongkongers react to this promotional video from the Rochester (NY) police department? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT5CA2zqfF8 The same fear and loathing? And what about this dancing policeman in Malm (Sweden) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIpb6fZThGU ?

- On one hand, you demand the Chinese Communists move into an open and democratic society. On the other hand, you move yourself into the Dark Ages.

- If you want to take a positive view, then it is a group photo of righteous people celebrating the Year of the Sheep. If you want to take a negative view, then it is violent people raping the Year of the Sheep. Whether you take a positive or negative view was determined before you ever saw this photo.

- The Umbrella Revolution failed without absolutely nothing accomplished except the creation of ill will, so the Yellow Ribbons wants to make sure that nobody in the world will have a happy new year.

- Yellow Ribbons don't like to hear celebratory Lunar New Year messages. They like to hear their Valiant Warriors screaming "Fuck your mother!" into the ears of mainland tourists.

- Yellow Ribbons obviously don't trust the police. So why do they still call "999" for police assistance when they get into trouble with citizens?

- It's okay to open a yellow umbrella during a university graduation ceremony. It's not okay to pose with guns in hand during a PTU graduation ceremony. The first case is morale-boosting. The second case is striking fear and loathing.

- Time for the Civil Human Rights Front to call yet another million person march to protest police brutality!

- It would have been fine with the Yellow Ribbons if these police officers carried a "1989 June 4th sign."

Better yet, these guys would be hailed as heroes if the words were "I want genuine universal suffrage" or "Support Occupy Central."

- Here is the whole story at Oriental Daily. There is a 40-second video in which about 100 uniformed police officers formed a X with four of them holding up red signs carrying the words "Joyous Sheep." The loudspeaker announced: "We wish all the guests good health and great joy in the Year of the Sheep." Then the group dispersed. This film was taken on February 13th after the PTU paraded at their graduation ceremony in front of invited guests. The formation was created to thank the guests.

- Meanwhile here is the whole story of the Chinese unicorn at Oriental Daily (video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soY7FJWx77c )

Regine Ip Lau Suk-yee finally met up with Master Tse, the Chinese unicorn dancer who knocked her sideways. She immediately gave him a $500 red envelope. She said: "It was okay. I wasn't scared. It was an accident." She joked to Master Tse, "There is no need for you to skip town."

- That bitch Ip Lau (=Evil Tumor) has no shame. She exploits every and any opportunity to her advantage. She wants to run for Chief Executive, but the Chinese unicorn bumped her aside. Actually, she needs to be run over by an 18-wheeler.

- "Regina Ip keeps putting on these shows to enhance her image. But no amount of public relations work is going to save her, because the crux of the matter is that she is an ugly bitch." Do you have any insights beyond personal attacks?

- The Chinese unicorn is a sacred animal. So the action was a sign from the heavens.

- Criticizing her is so easy under the circumstances. Master Tse was identified by the press. If Regina Ip goes to see him, she is putting on a political show. If Regina Ip does not go to see him, she is being petty-minded. The only way that she will get any praise is to retire from politics permanently (which is the final show).

- If you review the action film frame by frame, it should be clear that Master Tse intentionally bumped into her. But being the true Yellow Ribbon, he will always deny it afterwards. In like manner, the Occupy Central masterminds are denying that they had anything to do with any unlawful assemblies.

- If you review the action film frame by frame, it should be clear that Master Tse did not intentionally bump into her. In the end, they both got media attention. Master Tse is now famous and Regina Ip gets credit. This is a win-win case, and much better than the petty-minded lose-lose cases (see, for example, the Liberal Party's folly).

- Master Tse had better be careful afterwards and avoid dark deserted alleys. Fame is not a always a good thing.

- Leung Kwok-hung had better start throwing some more bananas soon, because Regina Ip is hogging all the media attention now.

- How can such trivia be reported for more than a week?

(Hong Kong Indigenous)

[in the original English]

White terror in Hong Kong - how police violated rights of a HK Indigenous member.

The night before, one of our members was followed after an internal meeting in Kowloon. The following is a subjective description of the events.

The suspicious car was discovered tailing him in Tate's Cairn Tunnel. Our member thus attempted evasive measures to ditch the follower, including driving to Fanling, circling in a roundabout and stopping at a road shoulder. The 4-seater following him had four men with headphones on board. The men, upon realising they were noticed, radioed for support and another car joined.

Our member then stopped, disembarked and had a meal in Taipo. Men from the cars tailed him on foot. They were keeping so close they even followed him into a washroom. The men on his tail did not seem to give up easily. However, when he arrived at his village, the two cars stopped outside. Why?

It did not take long for him to find that his parking spot was occupied by another private car. The two guys on board admitted they were undercover cops and refused to say anything else. Then he got home and discovered two more plain clothes agents outside of his house. He questioned their presence. The duo ignored and left.

The door to the rooftop was opened and no property was lost. Our member dialled 999 for a police report and police constables came to give him a report reference number.

The next morning, he was tailed again from his home to Tsim Sha Tsui.

To sum up, the police have put four vehicles and more than ten agents on one of our members. It would be a reasonable guess that his home was broken into by the police themselves.

The authority is using the police force as a tool to suppress protestors and, to an extreme, to violate our human rights. It would not be hard to fathom how cruel and cold blooded the authority we are up against. While they are just breaking in this time, would they start planting dangerous goods or evidences in our homes next? Is the Hong Kong Government as dirty as the China Communist Party now? Could the law protect Hong Kong people's human rights?

Hong Kong Indigenous would not tolerate any harassment, suppression or violation to the rights of our members. Be warned, the authorities, you have our words.

Internet comments:

- Ten police agents following you at the same time? Who do you think you are?  Yip Kai-foon? Cheung Tze-keung?

- We live in an age with all sorts of wonderful technologies. If this were to happen to me, the first thing that I would do is to take out my smartphone, record the faces of the 'tails' and the license plates of their cars and post all of it as evidence on my Facebook. As the famous Internet saying goes, "No pictures, no truth." Does this Hong Kong Indigenous member not own a smartphone?

- Who gives a shit about Hong Kong Indigenous? Why would the police send ten agents per shift to follow this one person. What information could he yield? What has Hong Kong Indigenous ever done except to yell at a few people who look like mainlanders?

- (Wikipedia) Paranoid schizophrenia: One criterion for paranoid schizophrenia is delusion. A delusion is a belief that is held strong even when evidence shows otherwise. Some common delusions associated with paranoid schizophrenia include, believing that the government is monitoring every move you make, or that a co-worker is poisoning your lunch." These beliefs are irrational, and can cause the person holding them to behave abnormally. Another frequent type of delusion is a delusion of grandeur, or the fixed, false belief that one possesses superior qualities such as genius, fame, omnipotence, or wealth." Common ones include, the belief that you can fly, that you're famous, or that you have a relationship with a famous person."

- I too have been followed by the CIA, FBI and MI6 for years.

- Please take the stuff that you have been sniffing down to a laboratory for analysis.

- It is not enough to see visit a doctor. You must remember to take your medicine on time.

- This story is promptly published by Next Magazine/Apple Daily. According to their usual standards of reporting, they quoted the Hong Kong Indigenous Facebook and did nothing to verify anything. Real-time journalism is so exciting these days. You sit at your desk, visit a Facebook page, copy and paste the contents over and then you get ready to leave work.

(Oriental Daily) February 26, 2015.


Headline: Universal suffrage controversy: Chinese Traitor Lee received an appointment for arrest call for next Monday.
Sources said that the Hong Kong Police made telephone calls to at least ten Occupy Central organizers, including former Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee who goes by the nickname of "Chinese traitor Lee."

(Oriental Daily) February 26, 2015.


Headline: Budget proposal - Blind Mo called for hypocrisy for supporting Occupy Central and caring about Hong Kong Tramways at the same time.

Yesterday Secretary of Finance John Tsang made a presentation of the government's budget. Civic Party legislator Claudia Mo Man-ching ("Blind Mo") criticized that the budget did not provide any aid to the Hong Kong Tramways. John Tsang smiled and said: "So you care about Hong Kong Tramways." Pro-establishment Tam Yiu-chung said that Claudia Mo was faking sympathy: "If you really care about them, you should not have blocked their business with Occupy Central."  Legislator Ann Chiang Lai-Wan said that since the pan-democrats instigated Occupy Central, they are most responsible for any losses sustained by Hong Kong Tramways. Chiang asked Mo to "reflect upon herself" instead of making misleading statements at the Legislative Council.

[Note: "Blind Mo" is a term used to refer to a person who is ignorant, useless, illiterate, possessing only superficial, rudimentary knowledge.]

(Bastille Post)

Let me stipulate the following. Firstly, I applaud those who refuse to go to Hong Kong anymore. Secondly, I respect those who continue to go to Hong Kong. Thirdly, for those who are still thinking about it, I will provide you with some reasons for rejecting Hong Kong.

I am a Shenzhener. It is easy for me to go to Hong Kong, but I rarely do so. Why?

Reason 1: Whatever Hong Kong has, Shenzhen has it too. If you have money, you can buy anything you want on the mainland? This is no longer the early days of the Cultural Revolution where everything was scarce. You don't have to travel to Hong Kong to buy something.

Reason 2: Many people say that Hong Kong has the genuine stuff (especially infant formula and electronic products). But do I really have to travel to Hong Kong to get them? For example, suppose I want to buy a camera. If I am looking for quality, I can go to a specialty store in Shenzhen. If I am looking for a good price, there are plenty of parallel goods stores on Huaqiangbei Road. Infant formula? Mainland China has lots of imported brands. If you don't trust them, you can get your friends in Singapore or Australia to ship them to you. The postage fees will be less than the expense of spending time in Hong Kong. It is also an open secret that some unscrupulous Hong Kong pharmacies sell fake infant formula to mainlanders.

Reason 3: The most important reason that I refuse to go to Hong Kong is this: The people of Hong Kong are openly cursing mainlanders are "locusts." Indeed, there is freedom of speech in Hong Kong, and they can say whatever they want about mainlanders in private. But these people were taking out full-page newspaper advertisements to insult mainlanders as locusts!

This is not just exercising freedom of speech. This is unmitigated and undisguised discrimination and insult! Anywhere in the world, even in the the so-called most free country of the United States, the newspapers cannot be publishing advertisements that say "the Chinese are locusts," "the Indians are seven-spot beetles", etc. On mainland China, the Shanghainese may privately refer to Hehan residents as "Baozi", or the Guangzhou people can privately call outsiders "Laozi," (see Ethnic Issues in China) but you won't find such terms used in public media. Indeed, everybody is likely to harbor some form of bigotry or the other. But when such terms are being used in your public media, things have been elevated to an unacceptable level.


Mainland spoofs of the same xenophobic advertisement taken in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing

If the Hongkongers are so cocky as to insult mainlanders publicly, why should we mainlanders continue to hand them loads of RMB even as they look at us with disgust and contempt!? Mainlanders, we should show some self-respect!

The following comments are addressed to Hongkongers. As a Shenzhener, I grew up watching TVB and ATV, I listened to Sammi Cheng and Eason Chan, and I have an inexplicable affinity (even adoration) for things Hong Kong. But recent events have caused me to become increasingly disappointed and hostile towards Hong Kong. I want to make some comments that Hongkongers probably don't want to hear.

Comment 1: You keep saying that mainlanders are taking over your place. But have you ever thought about the immense annoyance that you Hongkongers are causing in Shenzhen? In the streets of Shenzhen, Hongkongers are everywhere -- the restaurants are filled with Hongkongers who speak loudly and smoke cigarettes with total disregard of others; the buffet restaurants are taken over by your senior citizen dining touring groups and they are more valiant than anyone else when high-priced seafood is brought out; the streets around the border crossings are filled with Hong Kong parallel traders who are even more dismissive of traffic rules than mainlanders; the roads are congested with trucks, vans and cars carrying Hong Kong license plates. Frankly, many Shenzheners are tired and sick of you Hongkongers taking over our previous resources. But have you ever seen a full-page advertisement in a Shenzhen newspaper calling Hongkongers 'locusts'?

Comment 2: You Hongkongers say that mainlanders have taken over your job opportunities. But have you ever thought about how you Hongkongers usurp educational opportunities on the mainland? Because you hold that precious Hong Kong ID, you get preferential treatment on the mainland. It is easy for you to get into the elite mainland universities. So those of you who don't have the grades to enter Hong Kong University or Chinese University of Hong Kong rush instead to Peking University, Qinghua University, Qinan University and other elite mainland universities. I know a female student whose dad is a Hongkonger. Her grades were terrible (just over 300 points in the university entrance exam), but she managed to gain admission into an elite university in Guangzhou! Each time that a place is given to an ill-qualified Hongkonger, it means that a well-qualified mainlander loses out. You Hongkongers don't even pay tax on the mainland. Why are you using up that valuable slot?

Comment 3: All those mainlanders going to shop in Hong Kong do so legally. They did not sneak across the border illegally. Why don't you curse out your government instead? Why take out newspaper advertisements to curse out the mainland locusts? You even surround the mainland shoppers inside your shopping malls and curse them out. Who is the one with the problem? You or the mainlanders? The Hong Kong government officials are accountable to your citizens. They can ban all mainlanders from coming to Hong Kong, but they don't. It is not that they don't know that mainland tourists may be disruptive in Hong Kong, but they take a broader and longer view that the Hong Kong tourism, hospitality, retail and restaurant industries will be dead without the mainland tourists.

Comment 4: Everybody wants to take advantage of small favors. The mainlanders come to Hong Kong because the products are "worth the money." In like manner, you Hongkongers go to Shenzhen because the products are "worth the money." As long as these activities are permitted under the law, nobody can complain. If you really think that mainlanders are seriously impacting your lives, you should change the system. For example, you felt that the mainland mothers-to-be were taking up your resources and so you introduced laws to stop them from doing that. So if you aren't happy with mainlander tourists coming under your Individual Visit Scheme, you can change it. You don't have to keeping taking it out on innocent mainland tourists as you are doing right now.

Comment 5: Twenty years ago, Hong Kong was the model for mainland cities to admire and imitate. This gave you a sense of superiority. But as the mainland cities developed rapidly, your superiority is diminishing. Your competitiveness is being matched, even surpassed by Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the north. Simply put, you are not hot stuff anymore. Please put aside your arrogant posture and take a new look at the mainlanders on an equal footing.

Nice guys finish last. Nice mainlanders should not put up with the blatant discrimination from Hongkongers. Since they are calling you 'locusts', you should show some self-respect and refuse to go and shop in Hong Kong. Let them pay for the price of their own arrogance. Hongkongers, you insult us and we don't seem to fight back. But you shouldn't think that we have good tempers.

(SCMP) Sha Tin retailers hit as mainland visitors stay away over Lunar New Year. February 25, 2015.

Retailers in Sha Tin malls painted a gloomy picture of Lunar New Year trading after the number of mainlanders coming to Hong Kong during the holiday dropped for the first time in years. But the slowdown was good news for shoppers - who reported they could finally enjoy the malls without the crowds.

Immigration Department figures showed that the number of mainlanders who visited Hong Kong in the first six days of the Lunar New Year holiday - from last Wednesday to Monday - fell 1 per cent, from 851,375 last year to 842,124.

A saleswoman at a beef and pork jerky shop, Bee Cheng Hiang, at Sha Tin's New Town Plaza, where a protest against mainland tourists and parallel traders erupted earlier this month, reported fewer mainland shoppers on the day of the protest and the following days. "Most of the shoppers in the days after were Hongkongers and not mainlanders. Maybe they preferred staying home on the mainland," the saleswoman said.

Jenny Lam, a saleswoman at the Camela fashion boutique in Sha Tin Plaza, said business was down one-third compared to Lunar New Year last year, adding "there were obviously fewer mainlanders" over the holiday.

(SpeakoutHK)

According to the latest numbers, 606,000 mainlanders entered Hong Kong on the first four days of the Lunar New Year. This is a decrease of 0.64%. Individual tourists dropped by 6%, which is the first decrease in a decade. Many anti-mainland folks "popped champagne" in their Facebook groups and declared that the anti-parallel trader campaign is succeeding.

Will mainlander parallel traders stop coming to Hong Kong to make money on account of these two-hour Sunday-only demonstrations in single locations? Of course they will continue to come. During the Lunar New Year, the shops that sell daily necessities did great business.

So the decrease in total number of mainland visitors is actually a warning! Like any business, tourism should be looking at both quality and quantity. We want to attract on high-quality tourists who spend a lot of money even as we want to deter the parallel traders. When shopping malls offer free bus services to mainlanders who buy cases of daily necessities, they are emphasizing quantity over quality. But if the demonstrators mean to stop parallel goods trading, the actual outcome is that they are chasing away the high-quality tourists who feel unwelcome. We need to have high-quality tourists (from mainland or anywhere else) who come two to three days once a year and spend $20,000 to $30,000 per capita.

(YouTube) Common, John Legend - Glory from the motion picture "Selma"

(YouTube) Common & John Legend's Oscar acceptance speech

(Bustle)

John Legend and Common used their Oscar Best Original Song acceptance speech to reflect on the message of the song, and remind us all that while Selma was set in the past, its themes surround us in the present. 

Common started off the moving speech:

First off, Id like to thank God that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform Glory on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation, but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope. Welded with compassion. And elevated by love for all human beings.
 

Then Legend took to the microphone, building off those sentiments:

Thank you. Nina Simone said its an artists duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the voting rights, the act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you that we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on.

(Apple Daily)


(translation) On the pedestrian overpass over Harcourt Road, the people may have dispersed but the place is not lonely. The motion picture "Selma" took the Oscar Best Original Song in "Glory". In his acceptance speech, the singer Common said referred to the landmark Selma which represented the colored people's struggle to obtain voting rights, and linked this to the fight for justice around the world, including the Umbrella Revolution in which the people of Hong Kong are fighting for democracy. The Occupy Central founder Benny Tai hopes that the movie will encourage the people of Hong Kong to continue firmly on the road to universal suffrage.

Internet comments:

- Apple Daily puts the Oscar Best Original Song on its front page, and then promptly proceeds to mislead as usual. Common said: "The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy." Apple Daily says that Common linked Selma to "the Umbrella Revolution in which the people of Hong Kong are fighting for democracy."
Fighting for democracy and the Umbrella Revolution are two different matters. If you poll the people of Hong Kong about democracy and universal suffrage, you will get almost 100% support. If you poll the same population about Occupy Central with Love and Peace (aka Umbrella Movement, aka Umbrella Revolutin), you get 80% opposition. The goal of democracy is universally, but the one particular method chosen by a small set of people (namely, the Umbrella Revolution) is almost universally reviled

- The African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954-1968) used a number of civil resistance methods, such as boycotts (e.g. Montgomery Bus Boycott), marches (e.g. Selma-Montgomery), sit-in's (such as the Greensboro sit-ins), and other nonviolent actions.
By contrast, the Umbrella Revolutionaries blocked the streets and prevented schoolchildren from going to school, government workers from going to their offices, stopping customers from entering shops, etc. The schools, offices and shops were not engaged in any unjust, undemocratic actions (such as segregated seating for different races). The tactics affected the lives of millions of ordinary citizens who have nothing to do with the contestable issues. Can you imagine the African-American Civil Rights advocates shutting down schools, offices and shops everywhere in town?

- Benny Tai wrote an idealistic script about how Occupy Central with Love and Peace would unfold. Reality did not play itself out according to this script.
See, for example, this video taken at Sha Tin recently:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mezcJ8Vqcdc INT News Channel. At 2:00, a mainland female tourist who has every right to be present in this shopping mall gets yelled at by pro-democracy mouth-foaming valiant warriors with lots of "Fuck your mother" and "Go back to China." At 2:29, the gentleman in the white t-shirt screams a few inches away: "What the fuck is this to you!? Fuck your mother! Don't ever fucking come here again! Did you hear me?" Then the crowd applauds his speech. At 2:45, the gentleman in the white t-shirt is encouraged by the reception to his speech, says: "I fuck you mother! Don't ever fucking come here!" The female says that he is blocking her way. He screams: "I am fucking refusing to let you pass! Does that fucking upset you?" And it goes on for a while, with nothing of substance except "Fuck your mother!" and "Don't ever fucking come back!" The police show up to chants of "Evil police!" At 6:24, a mall security guard removes the luggage case. At 12:27, the crowd surrounds a man in a corridor and offers him some more "Fuck your mother!" He waves a Hong Kong ID card to prove that he is a Hongkonger and a demonstrator tries to grab it. More "Fuck your mother!" They won't let him leave until he apologizes. For what? The man's female companion makes the pray sign, slaps her companion lightly on the face and begs the crowd to forgive him. More "Fuck your mother!" He says, "I am a Hongkonger and I am Chinese." At 16:07, a middle-aged man gives the real message: "I am a Hongkonger. I am a Hongkonger. You eat shit!" The distressed woman slaps her companion a few more times. None of the targets of the venomous attacks have anything to do with the implementation of civil nomination in the election of the Hong Kong Chief Executive.

If you want to draw an analogy, this is like a bunch of white racists surrounding an African-American at the Woolworth lunch counter and screaming: "We don't want your kind here!" and "Don't ever fucking come here again!" In the end, American civil disobedience triumphed over such racist behaviors by stoicism and moral superiority. Here in Hong Kong, such racist behaviors are adopted by certain pro-democracy valiant warriors. Not all pro-democracy people support with this type of behavior, but not many come out openly to condemn such behavior.

- If Common were to spend some time to investigate what the exact issue is that led to the Occupy Central actions, he would be surprised that it was about civil nomination of the Chief Executive in Hong Kong. Civil nomination? This is complicated (see, for example, Suzanne Pepper), but it is also very simple. The Hong Kong pro-democracy activists say that they want their election to meet international standards. Unless this happens, they won't have genuine universal suffrage. Except civil nomination does not exist in Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, etc. It exists only in 32 countries such as Angola, Chile, Ghana, Malawi, South Korea, Zambia, etc. Civil nomination is not a sine qua non under any so-called international standards.
According to international standards, universal suffrage is the extension of the right to vote to citizens unrestricted by race, sex, belief, wealth or social status. Previously, the Chief Executive was elected by a 1,200-member election committee. The current reform proposal extends the right to vote to all voters. However, the Umbrella Revolutionaries would rather veto the proposal if they can't get civil nomination. Common would be very much perplexed by this situation.

- The people of Hong Kong can have universal suffrage in 2017, but the pro-democracy activists won't let them. That's where we are.

- "The people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy"? Methinks that this refers to those Hong Kong citizens who hate the non-democratic methods of the Yellow Ribbons.

- Madame Roland: O Libert, que de crimes on commet en ton nom! (Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!)

- Common made a reference to Hong Kong in his Oscar acceptance speech. Why Hong Kong only? Here is a list of other worthy subjects from around the world:

-- Argentina to exercise sovereignty over the Malvinas (which the British insist on calling the Falkland Islands) because the people of Hong Kong must learn that an island people have the right to determine their own fates in spite of the claims of sovereignty by a nearby strong nation.
-- Australia to leave the Commonwealth, so that their Prime Minister does not have to appointed by a Governor-General designated by the Queen of England, because the people of Hong Kong must learn never to accept an appointed leader from a higher authority.
-- How to solve The Palestinian Problem because the people of Hong Kong need to be told that they must protect the interests of Israel the same way as in the United States.
-- The February 12th coup in Venezuela because the people of Hong Kong must learn that all their voting rights can be taken away in a coup sponsored by a powerful country.

And if you have the guts to wash your dirty linen in public, try also closer to home:

-- Eliminating the Electoral College system that officially elects the President and Vice-President of the United States of America which has resulted in winners who did not receive the plurality of the nationwide popular vote. The Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have said that systems like this are not genuine universal suffrage meeting international standards.
-- The dismantling of the 1965 Voting Rights Act which shows that it is possible to erode rule of law by sophistry.
-- Edward Snowden and the surveillance state, because the Hong Kong pro-democracy activists think governments should not interfere with free speech on the Internet. Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald interviewed Edward Snowden in Hong Kong (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z99qFwsDmU )
-- Ferguson (Missouri) because the Hong Kong pro-democracy activists think their police are brutal even though they haven't killed anyone yet.
-- Occupy Wall Street because the Hong Kong pro-democracy activists call their own thing Occupy Central with Love and Peace.

(SCMP)

Two student leaders of the Occupy movement have been invited to an international human rights summit to speak on Hong Kong's political reform.

Alex Chow Yong-kang, secretary-general of the Federation of Students, and his deputy Lester Shum, have confirmed their attendance at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy on February 24.

Introducing the duo as "major delegate[s] of the umbrella movement to the only dialogue with the Hong Kong government", the summit's website announced their participation, with their photos promoted on the front page.

The duo will be the first Hongkongers to speak at the forum, organised by a coalition of 20 human rights non-government organisations worldwide ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council's main annual session, which starts on March 2.

Chow said he would be speaking on the restrictive framework laid down by the National People's Congress Standing Committee in August for the city's chief executive election. "We will talk about the right to participate in public affairs and politics, and we'll also touch on the state obligations from the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration," Chow, from the University of Hong Kong, said.

Several speakers from China have been invited to the summit in the past, including Tibetan and Uygur dissidents. This year, blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng , who escaped and went into exile in the United States, is also invited.

Noting his participation may displease mainland authorities, Chow said: "It is important to let the outside world know what is happening in Hong Kong." Chow had his travel document to the mainland revoked last year when he and two other federation members attempted to take a flight to Beijing to seek a meeting with officials on reform.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZzS92fZwe4&feature=youtu.be Hong Kong protest leaders Alex Chow & Lester Shum, Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, address the opening United Nations Session of the 2015 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

Internet comments:

- Apple Daily quotes Alex Chow as saying that tens of thousands of students and citizens were hoping to change the political system through the Umbrella Revolution. Tens of thousands? Let me even grant you one hundred thousand. Why does one hundred thousand represent the will of the 7 million people of Hong Kong. Furthermore, since Hong Kong is part of the People's Republic of China, why does one hundred thousand represent the will of the 1.4 billion Chinese?

- On whose behalf are Alexter speaking? It is unclear. They like to say that they are speaking for the people of Hong Kong, many of whom don't recall ever empowering them to do so. They sometimes say that they are speaking for the Hong Kong Federation of Students, which does not now include Hong Kong University where Chow is registered as a student in his sixth year of undergraduate studies.

- After 79 days of Occupy Central with Love and Peace, these people haven't paid the bill yet. No apologies, in spite of 80% of the population wanting them to stop long ago.

- "The fate of Hong Kong will impact China and the rest of the world"? According to Alex Chow, Hong Kong will have to determine its own destiny. However, China and the rest of the world whose fate will be affected by Hong Kong do not get a say in something that will impact them? Typical Alex Chow gibberish (see Alex Chow On The Record).

- "Hong Kong democracy is granted under One Country Two Systems, which is the biggest obstacle in the path of democracy for Hong Kong." This proves that they want to get rid of One Country Two Systems and found an independent Hong Kong City-State. And this Summit is not an academic conference to discuss abstract ideas.

- The entire language is borrowed from ISIS, with so much about the awakening of the soul to seize your own destiny into your own hands. The only thing missing is the part about eternal salvation and the 72 virgins.

- Why didn't the United Nations invite someone to represent the hundreds of thousands of people (employers, employees, drivers, etc) whose lives were negatively affected by this Umbrella Revolution Movement thing.

- Who is paying for this junket? Ah, the Hong Kong Federation of Students has a war chest of HK$ 20 million squirreled away just for these occasions.

- Looking at the YouTube video, it becomes obvious why Alex Chow and Lester Shum refused to field media questions in English during the Occupy period. Doesn't Hong Kong University have some minimum English proficiency requirement?

- They got on the podium. Alex Chow sat behind the sign for Lester Shum, while Lester Shum sat behind the sign for Alex Chow. So they can't even read English?

- Lester Shum wears a black pullover with the words "Hollister Surfers." He has no clue as to the significance of this pullover.

First of all, about Hollister Surfers:
(Urban Dictionary) Hollister is a company that sells surfer-themed clothing. Unfortunately, people usually have this to say: "People who wear Hollister have probably never been to a beach before." Thus, by wearing a Hollister Surfers pullover at the Summit, Lester Shum is hinting that he knows nothing about human rights and democracy.

Secondly, there was a famous series of advertisements from Hollisters:
(Daily Mail) September 10, 2012.
When American fashion line Hollister decided they would send a bevy of models dressed as lifeguards to South Korea to greet customers at the opening of their store in Yeouido, they were supposed to bring a feel of the surf-culture associated with the brand. Instead, they brought controversy after making racist gestures and obscene hand motions in photos with customers. ... Korean newspapers reported that one of the models posted a photo to his personal Twitter account, showing him making 'squinty eye' facial expressions - mocking Asians - while posing in front of the royal Gueongbokkung Palace.
In a separate episode, another one of the models was shown giving the middle finger while posing with customers at the store launch ... Though the offending models were not named, the company announced that they fired 'the couple of associates involved' and posted a message regarding the issue on their Facebook page, though it no longer appears on the site. 'On behalf of our more than 80,000 associates around the world who cherish our core values and our culture of diversity and inclusion, we sincerely apologize for the offense caused by these unauthorized, ill-considered actions,' the message read.

Was the choice due to ignorance or insensitivity?

- From Geneva Summit: "Human rights heroes, activists and former political prisoners from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and other countries testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies." Hong Kong is now in the same class as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and Venezuela.

(Wen Wei Po) February 23, 2015.

... Since January this year, the radical organizations Civic Passion, Hong Kong Indigenous, Student Frontline and others have demonstrated in Sheung Shui, Tuen Mun and Sha Tin against parallel traders and the Individual Visit Scheme. They blocked a number of shopping malls and cursed out mainland tourists. Although this drew plenty of social criticisms, they were unabashed and in fact quite proud. They thought that the police and the shopkeepers were helpless, and now they are planning for the next wave of action -- Yuen Long Main Street on March 1st (Sunday).

Here is what a local Yuen Long gentleman told us: "We are not afraid. We will not be weak like those people in Sheung Shui, Tuen Mun or Sha Tin. If the troublemakers show up on our turf, we will retaliate!" This person said that even though Yuen Long is a large district with more than 500,000 residents, there are just a few public housing estates in outside areas such as Tin Shui Wai, Hung Shui Kiu and Long Ping. Most of the residents in the heart of the town around Yuen Long Main Road are indigenous Hongkongers. The town centre is almost the only large commercial area in town, which means most other residents in the outlying areas of the town (such as the Eighteen Villages or Shap Pat Hueng) go there to shop for food and other necessities. Most of those shops are owned and operated by the indigenous Hongkongers (many of whom are Hakka people) who have known each other for generations. "If the troublemakers charge into a store, they are challenging our whole community. We won't wait for the police to show up. We won't let them get away with it. We will definitely fight back."

This person also said that Yuen Long people have a strong sense of local identity. They will not let outsiders come in and cause trouble in their community. "Just look at the decades of District Council election results. Only local people or those outsiders who have demonstrated their commitment to the community can hope to win. We will never let outsiders make trouble here."

Internet comments:

- Year of the Sheep Lunar New Year Battle Royale -- The Valiant Warriors of the Umbrella Revolution will engage the Yuen Long walled village people on March 1st, 2015 3pm-6pm in Citimall, Yuen Long district.

Date: March 1st, 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 2pm
Assembly point: West Rail Long Ping exit D
March route: West Rail Long Ping Station->Hong Lok Road->Kau Yuk Road->Yau Sun Street->Tung Lok Street->Sau Fu Street->West Rail Long Ping Station
Civic Passion


Equipment being readied by the Yellow Ribbons and the Yuen Long country squires. An alternate title is "Genuine indigenous Hongkongers versus Locust descendant young wastrels."

- Historical reminder -- The Six-Day War (1899).

The Six-Day War of 1899 was fought between 1419 April 1899, by the British Empire and the major punti clans of New Territories after the British takeover the territory after 99-Year Land Lease of New Territories signed on 9 June 1898 between the British and the Qing government. The war began on 14 April with the insurgents burnt down the mat shed the British prepared for a flag-raising ceremony at the Flagstaff Hill in Tai Po.

A number of 125 Indian soldiers of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (disbanded in 1902, not to be confused with the latter Royal Hong Kong Regiment formed from the body of the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps in 1949, consisting primarily of Europeans and Chinese) was sent to Tai Po on 15 April and soon besieged by the villagers. They were rescued after the Royal Navy's HMS Fame shelled at the insurgents' position. On 17 April the British forces launched attack on the insurgents in Lam Tsuen Valley and chased them into the hill. On 18 April, a number of 1,600 insurgents assaulted the British troop at Sheung Tsuen but was soon defeated. The insurgents and villagers surrendered on 19 April.

After the war, Governor Henry Arthur Blake adopted an amiable co-operation policy with the villagers and it remained of the official policy of the colonial government on the New Territories throughout almost the entire British rule.

- Yuen Long will be completely different from Sha Tin. In Sha Tin, the large New Town Mall was just a commercial shopping mall whose tenants are faceless corporations (McDonald's, KFC, Mannings, Watsons, SaSa, G2000, etc). The SaSa cosmetics salesgirl isn't going to start a fight with the demonstrators. Yuen Long will be different.

- Apple Daily has this scare story about how KMB's B1 bus lines is enabling parallel traders with $50 for an all-day pass that allows unlimited rides on five bus routes, including B1 which goes between the Lok Ma Chau border crossing and Tin Shui Wei via Yuen Long. This meant that a parallel trader can make multiple trips per day!
But Apple Daily won't report that KBM recently disclosed passenger data on B1 -- on the average, about 60 people in total buy the $50 unlimited pass. Of these passengers, 2 persons ride on the B1 more than once a day. So we are talking about two potential parallel traders per day! We need to Occupy Yuen Long to stop these two bus riders?

- Yuen Long does not have that many parallel traders, who are using the industrial buildings and warehouses in Tuen Mun and Sheung Shui as their operational bases. Yuen Long does not have many mainland tourists either because it is really outback. What Yuen Long has is a lot of country squires who don't speak the contemporary hip version of Cantonese, and that's because the Yuen Long people are the authentic indigenous people of Hong Kong whose Cantonese contain traces of Hakka or Weitou accents. Most of the demonstrators are likely to be second- or third-generation descendants of their much detested "locusts" from mainland China.

- The so-called "country squires" of Yuen Long are just brutes who have no sense of the rule of law. There are more illegal buildings structures than anywhere else in Hong Kong because they ignore the Buildings Department warnings. Many public areas are taken over as parking lots to generate fees for the  illegal occupiers. The only place that you can set off firecrackers during Lunar New Year is Yuen Long, because the police don't dare to issue summons for fear of a mass riot.

- The radical organizations managed to mobilize 200 people in Sha Tin (according to police estimates). Yuen Long has a population of 580,000 and Sha Tin has a population of 650,000. How can these radical organizations claim that they are representing the people of Yuen Long or Sha Tin? I suspect that most of them will be taking their first ever excursion out to the outback known only by name as Yuen Long. Afterwards, they will probably need to ask for directions on where the train station or bus depot is.

- The localists keep talking about their idyllic vision of a Hong Kong City-State. In this new paradise, all the jewelry stores, pharmacies, hotels and restaurants serving mainland tourists will be shuttered. Instead, the displaced workers will go out and grow organic vegetables in northeastern New Territories to make Hong Kong self-sufficient in food, water and other essentials. On March 1st, I suspect the self-proclaimed localists of Hong Kong Indigenous will be met by the indigenous farmers' favorite fertilizer -- human dung.

- This battle of Yuen Long will have a perfect script. The radicals will get out there, they will be outnumbered by the locals, they will call the police dogs for help and they will hold a press conference to decry everybody else -- the locals who were obviously paid by the Communists; the police who were ordered by CY Leung not to help them; the pan-democrats and other "Hong Kong pigs" who did not come out and fight beside them; the media which did not covered them to their liking; the United States Consulate, the British Consulate and the United States Human Rights Council which did not issue immediate condemnations, ...

- The Country Squires of Yuen Long won't even have to do anything themselves. Why would they when they have lots of South Asian help available cheaply?

- Here is what happened to some pro-Occupy Central people in Yuen Long.
September 30, 2014 daytime
Citimall, Yuen Long district, New Territories
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GexOVTzGao
Some highlights:
0:25  "We hope that the government will listen to our voices."  "Fuck your mother!"  "They are even doing New Territories, fuck your mother."  "Curse him out."  "People like these deserve to be cursed out.  They are even causing trouble in New Territories.  You must be crazy.  You must not have been beaten up before.  Fuck you!"  "Fuck your mother!  Go away!"
1:56 "Occupy Central?  Occupy your mother!"  "Pack up, you bastard!"
2:25 "You think about it.  If CY Leung leaves, someone else takes his place.  It is the same.  You are just causing trouble for yourself."
2:55 "Bastard!"  "Bastard!  Drop dead!"
Another Yuen Long video on October 1 with people shouting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYoY-nOExqo

- On March 1st, the entire Yuen Long District police force will call in sick, leaving the demonstrators to face the wrath of the indigenous residents on their own. The St John Ambulance will be overwhelmed.

- Whatever happens in Yuen Long on March 1st won't make any difference. Just ask yourself -- something happened Tuen Mun on March 8 and then something happened in Sha Tin on March 15. But has anything changed in Tuen Mun or Sha Tin since? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. The whole thing is just a media circus.

(SCMP) Hundreds of Hongkongers plan new protest march against mainland Chinese visitors  February 24, 2015.

Hundreds of people have signed up to take part in a fresh protest march this weekend against the influx of mainland tourists visiting Hong Kongs New Territories towns, as discontent with crowded streets and transport delays grows.

The planned rally, organised by online social media group Valiant Frontier would follow recent protests against mainland tourists and parallel goods traders in other New Territories towns such as Tuen Mun, Sha Tin and Sheung Shui. The localist group plans to march near Tai Tong Road Light Rail station, an area lined with grocers and pharmacists that are popular among mainland tourists.

As of Tuesday, 274 people said on the groups Facebook page that they would join Sundays protest. It said the arrangement had caused great nuisance to residents and that streets in the area were jammed by tourists and trucks, goods, and wooden pallets used in parallel trading.

One Facebook user, Autumn Yuen, who claims to be a Hong Kong Island resident, said he would go north to join the march: I live in Sai Wan. What is happening in Yuen Long has little to do with me at least immediately. But I must come on Sunday. Yuen Long resident Ms Lau said the streets in the area were mostly narrow. With too many tourists usually each carrying at least one suitcase to store their purchases residents faced difficulty walking on the pavement, she said. She also said the variety of shops in the area had diminished in recent years, with many of them turned into pharmacists to cater to mainland tourists.

On February 8, a handful of people were arrested and shops closed after a protest against parallel-goods trading in Tuen Mun descended into chaos. One scuffle between a couple and a group of protesters in Tuen Mun Town Plaza turned into a shoving match, which prompted officers to use pepper spray. Just a week later, Sha Tin saw a similar rally when more than 100 people demonstrated at New Town Plaza, chanting mainlanders go back to the mainland.

A rural leader and district councillor based in Yuen Long, Leung Fuk-yuen, said local residents and villagers would ask police to take action if the protesters caused chaos on Sunday. "If they cause a nuisance to others or block businesses, residents will spontaneously find someone like the police to solve the problems and maintain order," Leung told RTHK. He said the tourist situation was "acceptable" in Yuen Long and the streets were not really crowded.

(Sina.com.hk) February 24, 20

A well-known Yuen Long country squire and real estate agent named Wong posted on Facebook to say that he has communicated with a certain business association in Guangdong province about the Hong Kong demonstrations, and proposed the plan of "laying down a bed of nails at the bottom of the pond" which will make sure that "the families of all those people will have bad experiences." Elsewhere, this same Internet user said that those who engaged in physical attack in other districts "all came from Yuen Long anyway." He said that his organization "spent HK$50,000 to cause a Yellow Ribbon zombie to suffer a brain concussion, lost his ability to speak and drool uncontrollably ... I want to see when they are coming to Yuen Long."

These comments caused Internet users to holler that this guy Wong was a professional hit man. Wong said that he was misunderstood and said that he has reported the public outcry to the police.

[Note: The reference to "laying down a bed of nails at the bottom of the pond" has the whole world mystified as no one has heard of this. Some people think that this comes from GTA (Grand Theft Auto). However, the more likely explanation is that he mistyped "laying down a bed of nails underneath the bed" which is done by feng shui masters to cause bad karma to the unsuspecting target."]

- Well, you guys make an open statement to cause trouble in Yuen Long (as you did in Sheung Shui, Tuen Mun and Sha Tin). Now the locals have responded that they are waiting for you to show up. If you are as valiant as you claim to be, you better show up on time. No disappearing act, please.

- Here is a propaganda "news report" piece in Ming Pao in support of Occupy Yuen Long. No wonder that Ming Pao is no longer ranked number one in public trust. Here are some lowlights:
-- "Our reporter found out that on the pedestrian sidewalk on the section of Main Road near the Light Rail station was only 2 meters wide. Even if there are not a lot of pedestrians, it already felt congested." [If this is a problem, then expand the roads instead of restricting mainland individual tourists!]
-- "At Sau Fu Street, our reporter found that Health Century Infant Formula Wholesale City which sells infant formula and other health/medical products, cosmetics, food, toilet tissue, etc. The salesperson said: 'We don't say that we have the cheapest products in the whole district' but we have a wide variety of selections and we provide mail service (including infant formula) all over China." [What is the problem with a wholesale centre that provides bulk sales and delivery at reasonable prices? What has that got to do with mainland individual tourists?]
-- "Ms. Peng came to visit Hong Kong from Hunan (China) during the Lunar New Year holidays. She was recommended to go to the Health Century Wholesale City. She found that the facial masks were only about $5 cheaper than at SaSa and Bonjour, but she thought that the products here in Hong Kong were superior in quality to mainland ones. Therefore she purchased ten boxes of facial masks." [What is the problem with a tourist spending money in Hong Kong? Does this mean that a Kong girl can't find any facial masks to buy? Doesn't the Wholesale City know to order more from South Korea and make even more money?]
-- "Ms. Zhang comes from Shenzhen about twice a month to buy daily necessities. She went to the Whole City to purchase shampoo and skincare products, which are even cheaper than on Taobao. 'In Shenzhen, I can only buy products made in China. Hong Kong has the imports, which have better guarantees." [Isn't this a natural brand equity for Hong Kong that can be exploited for commercial profit? And it won't last forever because it is an intangible asset.]
-- "Mrs. Tong of Yuen Long has a 1-year-old daughter. She said that infant milk formula and diapers rose in prices by about 10% during the Lunar New Year. She said that the pharmacies that cater to mainlanders and parallel traders reserve their products for mainlanders only. 'Hongkongers can't buy them.' She said that the price for Huggies diapers went up by more than $30 and she has to ask at four or five pharmacies before she can find them. Yuen Long resident Mrs. Chung said that there are too many pharmacies in the district, and their customers congregate on the sidewalk to pack their luggage, creating congestion. The mainlanders even create a scarcity of toilet paper, and cause prices of daily necessities to rise." [Clearly Mrs. Tong and Mrs. Chung never learned any basic economics on the relation between demand/supply and price/quantity (see link). If demand is increasing due to more individual mainland tourists with wads of cash making purchases, prices and quantities should both increase. If you see instead prices increase and quantities decrease, it is a supply decrease problem. Ask why the suppliers are hoarding to jack up the prices even higher!]
-- "Mrs. Cheng who owns the Sun Luen Hing Pharmacy on Sau Fu Street said that he "won't serve parallel traders with carts. He says that parallel traders obstruct the streets and cause rents to soar. A number of pharmacies on the same street specialize in serving parallel traders by selling infant formula at one or two dollars higher than wholesale prices. 'There is no way that I can sell at a loss in order to compete with them.' He insisted also that he won't stock hot-selling Lunar New Year gift items such as Ferrero Rocher chocolates and cookies. 'This is outside of the core business, and I shouldn't be branching into other people's business.' The landlord will be increasing his rent by 50% this April. Mr. Cheng said that his pharmacy may not be able to hold on." [Mr. Cheng wants the individual mainland tourists to vanish and his competitors too, so that he can charge higher prices for his products. Mrs. Tong and Mrs. Chung will be very glad with this outcome.]

- Another Ming Pao story on commercial rent: Whereas rents have been decreasing in the major consumption centres of Hong Kong (such as Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok), they have been increasing in Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan. Recently, Nike, Ingrid Miller, Este Lauder and others have rented stores on Yuen Long Main Road. Near Citimall, Sasa will be paying $500,000 a month in rent to displace long-time tenant Ocean Empire Congee Restaurant.  But the monthly rent per square foot of HKD$136 is still peanuts compared to the HK$676 paid by Bonjour for Nathan Road 612-618 in Mong Kok. [This is a soul-searching question on which do you want: (A) the Ocean Empire Congee Restaurant where you can have pork liver congee for $40 and which pays $40 per hour to its workers; or (B) a Sasa health and beauty products multinational chain store with HK$8.8 billion in 2014 revenues.]

(Oriental Daily) February 22, 2015.

The Population Policy Concern Group and the North New Territories Parallel Traders Concern Group organized an demonstration against parallel traders. The group of about 10 persons marched from a shopping mall entrance to the office of Legislator Michael Tien. The demonstration was over in less than one hour.

Internet comments:

- Why in the world do you want to run a demonstration when most shops are closed for the first four days of the Lunar New Year? There were many more reporters than shoppers or shopkeepers.

- Parallel trading is not an issue in Tsuen Wan. In Sha Tin last week, the demonstrators also went after mainland tourists (or even people who look as if they are mainlanders). But Tsuen Wan does not even have mainland tourists. What tourists would stay in a hotel so far away from the city centre?
- Oh yes, there is the Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan. But any tourist who finds themselves situated there knows that they got the cheap treatment in lieu of a five-star harbor front hotel.

- They object because Tsuen Wan is crowded. Well, Tsuen Wan used to be an industrial district until the British colonial administrators declared that it was going to be a New Town. Then it has become crowded ever since, long before there were any mainland tourists.

- If parallel trading is not an issue in Tsuen Wan, why do this? This is because they want to put pressure on Legislator Michael Tien, who is advocating even more individual mainland tourists to be allowed to come. That's fine, except the demonstrators are deliberately confounding the issues. There are three major types of 'visas' for mainlanders.
Shenzhen residents can get multiple-entry visas. They live nearby and may have reasons to travel to Hong Kong multiple times per year. Some of these visa-holders are parallel traders but not all of them. The demonstrators want an end to these visas, which means that mainlanders will have to apply for a visa every time that they want to go to Hong Kong.
The single-entry visa is used mostly by individual tourists who live in a a number of large mainland cities (such as Beijing, Shanghai,  Chongqing, Chengdu, etc). Legislator Michael Tien wants to open to three more smaller cities to increase Hong Kong tourism.
The one-way visa is for mainlanders to immigrate to Hong Kong, usually for the reason of family re-unification. For example, a Hong Kong man marries a mainland woman and they have a child. The wife and child can come to live in Hong Kong on one-way visas, and they become permanent residents after living here for seven years. There is a quota of 150 one-way visas per day, or about 55,000 per year. It is not always used up as some grantees decide not to come after all.
In these demonstrations, the objectives are not always clear. They all say that they oppose the parallel traders, but they often deviate to the other categories in their speeches or actions. On this day, they are protesting against multiple-entry and single-entry visas in their slogans. But they always point to the parallel trading as their reason. They are not the same thing at all. Please make up your minds about what you want and for what reasons!

- They don't want mainland tourists? In 2013, 40.7 million mainland tourists came to visit Hong Kong, of which 27.5 million were under the Individual Visit Scheme. These people spend more than $8,000+ per capita. If you want to forsake HK$200 billion in tourism expenditure, you should say so explicitly.
 
Please check off this simple menu:
[ ] Ban all parallel traders who are defined as those mainlanders who travel frequently between Hong Kong and the mainland, as many as 26 times per day.
[ ] Ban all parallel traders who are defined as those mainlanders or Hongkongers who travel frequently between Hong Kong and the mainland, as many as 26 times per day.
[ ] Stop issuing multiple visit permits to mainlanders, so that each visit must be applied separately.
[ ] Stop issuing multiple visit permits to mainlanders and Hongkongers, so that each cross-border visit must be applied separately.
[ ] Establish an upper bound on the number of visits each mainlander can make to Hong Kong (e.g. 12 times per year, or 4 times a month)
[ ] Establish an upper bound on the number of cross-border trips each mainlander or Hongkoner can make (e.g. 12 times per year, or 4 times a month)
[ ] Abolish the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS) under which residents in 49 mainland cities are allowed to come to Hong Kong for one short-term visit by themselves
[ ] Ban all mainland tourists regardless of whether they come individually or in tour groups.
[ ] Ban all citizens of the People's Republic of China from entering Hong Kong
[ ] Ban all tourists from entering Hong Kong (PRC, Taiwan, Japanese, American, British, French, whatever)
[ ] Ban all foreigners (tourists or business travelers) from entering Hong Kong (PRC, Taiwan, Japanese, American, British, French, whatever)
[ ] Or state whatever re-combination that you want to come up with ...

- They don't want mainlanders to come to Hong Kong at all? About one-third of all Hong Kong residents were born on the mainland, including people like Jimmy Lai (Next Media), Lee Cheuk-yan (Labour Party legislator) and Claudia Mo (Civic Party legislator). Many Hong Kong residents have parents who were born on the mainland. Tiffany Chin also has family back in Yunnan province, after it was revealed that she was turned away while attempting a family visit.

- Tsuen Wan? This makes no sense whatsoever. This is an original New Town with a mix of residential, commercial and industrial areas. There is no real centre as such, but many shopping malls (Citywalk, Tsuen Wan Plaza, Tsuen Wan New Town Mall, Nan Fung Centre, Discovery Park, Nina Tower, etc). There is no direct train to the border crossings. What mainland parallel trader would pick up merchandise in Tsuen Wan and bring to the mainland? This is a waste of time and money.

- Legislator Michael Tien's office is in Discovery Park. Well, that place is a ghost town with very few shoppers to begin with, never mind whether these are parallel traders or not. It is a 15 minute walk to the Tsuen Wan MTR station. Once you get on the MTR in Tsuen Wan, it is about 10 stops to Prince Edward Station. From there you transfer to the Kwun Tong line to reach Kowloon Tong Station. From there you transfer to the East Rail line to go to the border crossings at Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau. Why would a parallel trader pick up merchandise from Discovery Park? Why not at Sheung Shui which is one East Rail stop from Luo Hu? This whole demonstration is for the ten demonstrators to proclaim victory for freedom and democracy, and feel good about themselves.

(SCMP) Number of mainland visitors to Hong Kong falls for first time since handover. February 24, 2015.

The number of mainland tourists who came to Hong Kong in the first five days of the Lunar New Year public holiday fell this year for the first time in nearly 20 years, the head of the Travel Industry Council says.

Immigration Department figures showed that 675,155 mainlanders entered Hong Kong during the five days from Wednesday to Sunday, down 0.16 per cent from last year. By contrast, the 676,297 mainlanders who visited Hong Kong in the same period last year represented a 13.7 per cent jump from 594,302 in 2013.

The latest figures have shocked experts in the retail and tourism industries, who attributed the decline to a recent spate of protests against mainland visitors. They also said many mainlanders now prefer Japan and Europe because currencies in those countries have been weak compared to the yuan.

A drop in mainland visitors would hurt Hong Kong's retail sales and tourism, some analysts said. "It is the first time I have seen a drop during the Chinese New Year. That is due to a series of protests against mainland visitors. Some of them have given up on Hong Kong," said Joseph Tung Yao-chung, who has been executive director of the Travel Industry Council since 1997.

Tensions between Hongkongers and mainlanders have been escalating for years as city residents accuse visitors from the north of snapping up daily essentials such as powdered baby milk formula to such an extent that it has become either difficult to buy or prices have soared.

Earlier this month, more than 100 people protested at the New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, chanting "mainlanders go back to the mainland". Another protest is planned for Sunday in the border district of Yuen Long against the multiple-entry arrangement for Shenzhen permanent residents.

Tung also said only about 400 package tour groups came to Hong Kong in the second and third days of the new lunar year, compared to some 500 last year. "I fear the situation will worsen."

Brokerage CLSA said the latest Immigration Department figures showed that the city was losing out in the tourism industry. The firm found that there were only short queues in front of luxury goods shops on Canton Road. CLSA forecast the number of mainland visitors to Hong Kong will grow by just  4 per cent this year. Last year, mainland visitor numbers soared 16 per cent.

This came as a local deputy to the National People's Congress is set to submit a proposal at its annual session next month calling for a curb on the multiple-entry scheme for Shenzhen residents. "The influx of mainland tourists has brought immense pressure on the boundary checkpoints and community facilities. The tourists end up unable to enjoy quality service here," local deputy Ip Kwok-him said.

But tourism sector lawmaker Yiu Si-wing said mainlanders from more cities should be allowed to come to Hong Kong through the individual visit scheme. The scheme currently allows residents of 49 mainland cities to come to Hong Kong. "Hong Kong does not welcome mainlanders while other countries are doing the opposite. The US is also making its visa policy friendlier to mainlanders," he said. In November, China and the US signed a deal that allows citizens of both countries 10-year tourist and business visas.

Population Policy Concern Group convenor Roy Tam Hoi-pong said he believed protests against mainland visitors played a small role in the decline. "It is more because of the mainland's crackdown on corruption. Fewer are coming here to spend money," said Tam, who organised a protest last Sunday against another NPC delegate's proposal to extend the individual visit scheme.

(Oriental Daily) February 17, 2015.

The Internet group Hong Kong Indigenous was recently involved in organizing the demonstrations against parallel traders in Tuen Mun and Sha Tin. They announced that in anticipation of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department's crackdown on unlicensed food vendors in the so-called Kweilin Night Market, they intend to to show up to defend this local tradition.

(Oriental Daily) February 20, 2015.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that they will enforce the law rigorously against the illegal night market on Kweilin Street in the Sham Shui Po district. Last night there was an argument between Yellow Ribbons and Blue Ribbons. The police had to separate the two sides. Andy Yung, who acted the role of Captain America during the Occupy Mong Kok movement was reportedly assaulted and had to leave.

(Oriental Daily)  February 21, 2015.

After the Kweilin Street Night Market was banned by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, a number of them went to Mong Kok. Last night more than a dozen food vendors set up on Portland Street selling fish balls, teppanyaki, marinated meat, deep fried tofu, etc. At the urging of Hong Kong Indigenous members, some of these vendors moved from the side streets onto Portland Street in front of the Langham Place shopping mall. The process of moving under the escort of more than a dozen Hong Kong Indigenous members appeared to be dangerous, because the carts had charcoal boilers and boiling oil stoves. Seven Food and Environmental Hygiene Department workers wanted to stop them, but about 50 to 60 Hong Kong Indigneous members and other masked citizens surrounded them and cursed them for "arresting vendors but not parallel traders" using obscene language. They even spread the rumor that the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department workers assaulted vendors.


Stinky tofu vendor pushing a cart with boiling oil in the company of Hong Kong Indigenous members

(Oriental Daily) February 21, 2015.

The Kweilin Street Night Market re-appeared on Portland Street in the Mong Kok district. By 3am, there were still more than 30 carts of food vendors between Shan Tung Street and Argyle Street. Some of these carts held up Kweilin Street Night Market signs.

At around 4am, more than 30 Food and Environmental Hygiene Department workers showed up. The vendors quickly removed their carts and Hong Kong Indigenous members swept the streets on behalf of the vendors. Within minutes the street returned to normalcy.

(Oriental Daily) February 21, 2015.

More than 20 street vendors showed up again on Portland Street in front of Langham Place around 9pm. More than 10 Food and Environmental Hygiene Department workers tried to stop them, but other persons opposed. The workers asked for police assistance, and more than 20 Police Tactical Unit members showed up and shut down Portland Street between Shan Tung Street and Argyle Street. About 8 Hong Kong Indigenous members showed their support for the vendors.

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqApbOG4JG4 Shouting between supporters of the unlicensed street vendors and the customers/workers of the licensed Ho Kee Restaurant.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVHE080hNYU (SocREC) Food and Environmental Hygiene Department inspectors being told their mothers' stinking cunts are being fucked. That's exactly what they are chanting.

Internet comments:

- Hong Kong Indigenous went out to Tuen Mun and Sha Tin because they say that the many parallel traders are blocking the streets and malls, thus preventing the residents from living normal lives. So now they went out to Sham Shui Po to defend the unlicensed food vendors to block Kweilin Street and Portland Street, thus preventing the residents from living normal lives. What do they really want?

- On one hand, Hong Kong Indigenous want all the jewelry stores and pharmacies to close because they serve mainlanders in order to make way for local stores (e.g. selling curry fish balls, chicken feet, etc). On the other hand, they support unlicensed food vendors. Well, can you have people paying rent and hiring workers to sell curry fish balls competing with the unlicensed food vendors selling the same things  but much cheaper in front of the stores?

- Hong Kong Indigenous complains that the government is trying to prevent indigenous people from earning a little bit of extra money during the Lunar New Year holidays. How about the restaurants which are making less money as a result of the unlicensed food carts in front of them? Aren't you preventing them from earning a little bit of extra money?
P.S. These people Occupied for 79 days. They obviously don't give a rat's ass about the economic impact on regular businesses.

- I've seen someone take out two canisters of natural gas and start cooking from the back of a van. If the damn thing explodes by accident, hundreds of people could die. What about that?

- I went to Sham Shui Po last year. The offerings were just the regular stuff (BBQ meat, stinky tofu, deep fried port intestine, curry fish balls, etc) that can be found anywhere else. The prices were higher than in Mongkok, North Point or elsewhere. It was nothing special. The only noteworthy thing was that the garbage was piled high and stink to the heavens on the roadside.

- Rumors abound that the triads collect $500 per cart in protection money. So 40 carts mean $20,000 in total revenues per night. Not a bad business to be in.
- No way, my friend operates a food cart and he does not pay protection. He has earned several tens of thousands of dollars each year. Please do not speak out of ignorance.
- Buddy, how many stinky tofu cubes must you sell per night to earn several tens of thousands of dollars? Your arm would fall off from the labor!
- Sham Shui Po's big brother/triad boss is "Blindman Heng." During the Occupy Hong Kong period, he was praised for coming out to "protect the students." When the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department comes out against unlicensed food vendors, he is being praised for "preserving collective local memories."

- The government should relax law enforcement for a couple of weeks per year for the sake of nostalgia.
- Nostalgia? There is plenty of things that I am nostalgic about. How about cooking with kerosene stoves? Black-and-white television on Rediffusion?

- Should the unlicensed food vendors be thanking or hating Hong Kong Indigenous? In previous years, nobody gave a rat's ass about their activities. Now that Hong Kong Indigenous shows up to support their illegal activities, there is an all-out government crackdown. Praise the Lord!

- I stood in line for half an hour in order to pay ten dollars for four defrosted fish balls. That was my experience. How is that for nostalgia?

- From the news report, "During this time, one food vendor was surrounded by more than 30 citizens who accused him of opposing Occupy Central. The food vendor left the scene." What is this? Is there a political correctness test for unlicensed food vendors?

- The pan-democrats will always win. If you enforce the law, they say that you are unsentimental. If you don't enforce the law, they say that you are negligent. Heads they win, tails you lose.

- I live in Sham Shui Po, and you have no idea what I have to put up with. Because of the garbage from the food vendors, the streets are infested with rats. Even the tenth floor apartments have seen big rats inside thanks to the Kweilin Street Night Market. PLEASE!

- From where does the assumption come that the Food and Environment Hygiene Department won't enforce the existing laws rigorously during the joyous Lunar New Year holidays? It is the same assumption that the traffic police won't issue parking tickets that lead to triple parking in the streets.

- Someone says that since most regular restaurants are closed for the Lunar New Year, we should tolerate the unlicensed food carts. What kind of world are you living in? There was decades ago. Today all restaurants open year round!

- The unlicensed food vendors post a threat to public safety and hygiene. First of all, their carts carry heaters, hot water/soup and boiling oil. What happens if a cart is tipped over and falls on a baby carriage? Secondly, the food is homemade and not subject to any hygiene inspections. You are waiting for a mass food poisoning to happen. Thirdly, if it is okay for unlicensed food vendors to operate on Kweilin Street, then it must be okay to operate everywhere else? How about if I operate a food cart on Star Ferry? Inside the IFC? Of course, when bad things happen, it is always 689's fault.
P.S. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has said that they are enforcing the existing laws. Under the law, it is possible to have fixed-placed and itinerant hawkers, but this is only after obtaining community approval through the regular process and meeting public health standards.

- A licensed restaurant is subject to inspection by the Food and Environmental Health Department. Failing to meet requirements may result in fines or even suspension of operating license. An unlicensed food stall is not subject to inspection. Surprise inspections does nothing because the vendor cannot be tracked down after the laboratory report shows danger.

- Apple Daily kept reporting that the pro-establishment DAB is against unlicensed food vendors. But they can't name any pan-democrat (e.g. Frederick Fung whose home base is the Sham Shui Po district) who supports unlicensed food vendors. Why don't we see the Civil Human Rights Front organizing a demonstration to support these unlicensed food vendors? That's because they ultimately know that you cannot open the floodgates for unlicensed food vendors to operate everywhere.

- Here is a bizarre assertion. The older generation are used eating curbside food and they never get sick. Today there is no more curbside food but the generation frequently gets ill. Therefore eating unlicensed and unregulated food is good because it builds up immunity! How is that for scientific rigor?
- Is that why so many Hong Kong go to Japan to build up their immunity against radiation!?

- The Temple Street Night Market has merchandise, second-hand-goods, fortune tellers and food. The Kweilin Street Night Market has mostly food carts plus some martial arts exhibitions (between Yellow Ribbons and Blue Ribbons).

- Captain America, less well known as Andy Yung, goes around swinging a British colonial flag to advocate Hong Kong independence. Does he realize that the hawker licensing procedures came from the British colonialists? That's a rhetorical question given that he obviously does not care about the intellectual property rights of Captain America.

(Ta Kung Pao) February 18, 2015.

Lingnan University Student Union president Nathan Law is also a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Students executive committee. Yesterday he was interviewed on radio about the issues raised by the Hong Kong University student vote to withdraw from the federation.

Nathan Law was asked why the students are demanding that Hong Kong should not elect its Chief Executive by a small election committee but meanwhile the Federation leaders are elected from among and by a small group of student representatives. Isn't that a self-contradiction? Nathan Law replied that some of the student representatives were popularly elected by students. Furthermore, if the secretary-general is elected by universal suffrage by all university students, then his powers and accountability would far exceed that of any representative of a student university at a particular university. Thus, Nathan Law said that it is impossible to elect the federation secretary-general by universal suffrage.

Concerning the federation finances, he said that the federation hands the financial documents to the representative groups from the member universities. He acknowledges that as a the president of the Lingnan University Student Union, he has omitted to disclose the details to the student body. He said that the federation is doing an internal review about the composition of the secretariat and the executive committee.

Concerning whether the Hong Kong University Student Union will receive its share of assets back from the federation, Nathan Law said that no such stipulation exists on the procedure of withdrawal. However, it is written elsewhere that "members do not share the assets."

(Wikipedia)

The Hong Kong Federation of Students is formed by the student unions of 8 institutions: Hong Kong University, Chinese University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

(University Grants Committee student enrolment 2013/2014)

Hong Kong University: 17,888
Chinese University of Hong Kong: 8,687
Hong Kong Polytechnic University: 17,293
City University of Hong Kong: 13,004
Hong Kong Baptist University: 7,051
Lingnan University: 2,645
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: 10,146

(Hong Kong Federation of Students)

Each member university elect its chief representative to the federation. The rest of the team of representatives is either appointed by the chief representative, or appointed by the student council, or appointed by the student union executive committee (that is to say, they are not elected by the student body).

The standing committee of the federation is composed of the chief representatives of the member universities; the chairman of the standing committee; the secretary-general and the deputy secretary-general.

The secretariat is composed of the secretary-general, the deputy secretary-general and an appointed secretary.

The standing committee makes it decision through consensus. On any decision, there has to be a consensus for the federation to proceed. If a consensus is not reached, then member universities can proceed on their own but they cannot use the name of the federation.

The student representatives are held accountable to the student councils and the students of their respective universities.

Internet comments:

- The Federation of Students secretary-general Alex Chow goes around saying that he is representing the people of Hong Kong to meet with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Now it turns out that he was elected by eight elected student representatives and the toadies that those eight appointed. This sounds very much like the 1,200 election committee for Chief Executive, except a much smaller group.
P.S. Their new name is "The Hong Kong Federation of Students (minus Hong Kong University)."

- The Federation of Students want universal suffrage for the Hong Kong Chief Executive, but not for their own secretary-general. Ex-archbishop Joseph Zen wants universal suffrage for the Hong Kong Chief Executive, but not for the Pope. These are examples of Hong Kong democracy: You shout slogans for democracy, but you don't practice democracy yourself.

- "If the federation secretary-general is elected by universal suffrage by students in all the member universities, then his powers and accountability are greater than those of a student union representative from any individual member universities. In that case, it becomes impossible to determine accountability. Therefore, it will be impossible to elect a federation secretary-general."
-- "Some of the student representatives are elected by universal suffrage." That means "some other student representatives" were not elected by  universal suffrage, just like the corporate votes in the current Chief Executive nomination committee.
-- DLLM, now you tell us.
-- This is the Federation of Students standing committee's version of the August 31st resolution?
-- "I want genuine universal suffrage."
-- Can I believe that some faux democrats are helping me to get genuine democracy? Please do not take me for a fool!
-- Time to escalate action and occupy all eight university campuses to demand genuine universal suffrage.
-- This sounds even worse than what the Communists have to say about universal suffrage. If the Communists require that the Chief Executive be a patriot who loves Hong Kong and China, then these guys must require that their secretary-general not be a mainland student (c.f. Eugenia Yip).
-- The "Communist Federation of Students"?
-- Amazing that 800 comments later that no one Yellow Ribbon came out to defend Nathan Law's statement, not even accusations of fifty-cent gang membership against the naysayers.
-- Down with the Federation of Students Gang of Four (Alex Chow, Lester Shum, Yvonne Leung, Nathan Law)!

- Why doesn't Nathan Law want universal suffrage within the Federation of Students? Just look at the enrolment statistics: Hong Kong University has 17,888 students and Lingnan University has 2,645 students. Other things being equal, representatives from the larger universities will have higher chances of winning than those from the smaller ones. Nathan Law (Lingnan University) is Alex Chow (Hong Kong University)'s designated successor as secretary-general. His job is on the line. So why would he be interested in universal suffrage? Behind what a politician says is always self-interest.

- Nathan Law is spouting incoherent rubbish even before becoming secretary-general. But he is following the grand tradition established by Alex Chow.

- The eight universities are very different in enrolment sizes. Hong Kong University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University have more than 17,000 students whereas as Lingnan University and Shue Yan  University have under 3,000 students. If universal suffrage is implemented for the standing committee, it will be dominated by the larger universities.
The analogy is with the bicameral United States Congress. There is a House of Representatives which is apportioned to states by population (for example, California has 53 seats and Vermont has 1 seat). There is a Senate in which each state gets two seats irrespective of population size. Legislation has to be passed by both houses before it is sent for presidential approval. This structure is there to allow the small states to protect their own interests.
The Federation of Students have a standing committee with one student representative from each of the 8 universities irrespective of student body size. Thus, it is like the US Senate. The standing committee also has a secretary-general and a deputy, who are like the US President and Vice-President in powers. But the US leaders are elected by a modified form of universal suffrage (which is not the one that the Federation of Students says is "genuine").

- "The Chinese Communists have lowered the barriers on universal suffrage. We might as well as not waste any more effort on fighting. We will never see universal suffrage implemented in our lifetimes. Instead, we should think about Hong Kong withdrawing from the People's Republic of China to form a new nation that will elect our own leaders to look after our own interests." That can be re-written: "The Federation of Students standing committee through Nathan Law has lowered the barriers on universal suffrage. We might as well as not waste any more effort on fighting. We will never see universal suffrage implemented in our lifetimes. Instead, the individual universities should think about withdrawing from the Federation back to electing their own student union members who look after their interests."

- Nathan Law means to say that if students at a particular university are unhappy with what the Federation is doing, they can hold their own student representatives accountable (but not the student representatives from other universities). But if the secretary-general is elected by all students, students at a particular university cannot hold him accountable because he can always claim that he is considering the interests of everybody and not just the students from one university. That sounds tough, except that is what every national leader faces.

- One speculation why the pan-democrats don't really one-person-one-vote for Chief Executive is that this person would have greater authority than the legislators who are elected by functional constituency or geographical district. For example, a legislator in Hong Kong Island was elected by the voters there and not authorized by voters elsewhere. Therefore, this Chief Executive could legitimately overrule the legislators. Within the Federation of Students, an elected secretary-general could legitimately overrule the student representatives from individual universities.

- If the Federation of Students is eventually dissolved as the member universities vote to withdraw, who would be the happiest?
(A) The Communist Party
(B) The three Occupy Central stooges
(C) Joshua Wong/Scholarism
(D) The pan-democratic legislators
(E) The Hong Kong Indigenous group

- If and when all eight universities withdraw from the Federation, the HK$ 20 million sitting in the bank will go into the pockets of the five unknown board directors. That's swell.

- This concerns only one student organization, the Federation of Students. As for the other student organization Scholarism, there isn't even any elections held. Nobody knows who they represent or how they come about. They seem to say that they represent the secondary students of Hong Kong. Which secondary school has ever held elections for Scholarism representation?

(Oriental Daily) 3:11pm.

Video action of demonstrators arguing with mainland tourists. In the beginning, the demonstrator in black t-shirt was restrained by other demonstrators who also pleaded with others to stop filming. Then there was shouting of "Go away! You are not welcome here" At around 0:55, a Cantonese-speaking man in a red t-shirt shows up to argue with the demonstrators. The police then interceded.

(Oriental Daily) 3:26pm.

The demonstrators clearly had a plan. They divided the actions into keeping an eye for the police, harassing shoppers, raising their own red warning banners, etc. When the police showed up, they dispersed. During this time, someone grabbed a female plainclothes police officer by the hair so that she lost her balance and almost fell down. Meanwhile the demonstrators yelled "Evil police" and "Good people don't become cops." Meanwhile the New Town Plaza made public announcements to tell tourists to look after their accompanying children given that there are demonstrations going on.

Addendum: (Oriental Daily) Among the 6 persons arrested yesterday was a 35-year-old unemployed man named Wong. He was charged with assaulting a police officer by pulling her hair from behind. Wong was already out on bail for another incident during a Mong Kok demonstration in January. The evidence? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBM2AYkbJSo At 1:05, someone reaches over and pulls the hair of the female plainclothes police officer. This is replayed in slow motion at 1:18.

(Oriental Daily) 3:35pm.

Video action of more than twenty demonstrators surrounding a short fat lady outside a shuttered store. It is reported that inside New Town Plaza, at least 7 stores (including jewellery shops Chow Sang Sang and Chow Tai Fook) shut down. Meanwhile the demonstrators were chanting: "We are not going to let them leave their shopping carts." Some demonstrators distributed surgical masks to others to tell them to "protect themselves."

(Oriental Daily) 3:56pm

On this afternoon, Internet users came to join the "Defend Sha Tin, oppose parallel traders" Action. Some of the demonstrators got very excited and yelled at anyone hauling luggage because they must be parallel traders.

A cosmetics shop near the Yata Department Store had lowered its gates, so some of the customers were trapped inside. Meanwhile a Ms. Chan hauling a luggage was identified by the demonstrators as a parallel trader and they surrounded her and cursed her out. In the struggle, she was also accused of pushing the Mong Kok cross-dressing guy Ah Kay down on the ground. Afterwards, Ms. Chan told our reporter that she is a Hongkonger who went to Yata to buy her family's Lunar New Year items. She said that the demonstrators were out of line.

In the video, there was a wrestling match between a demonstrator in a black t-shirt with a friend who was trying to stop him from attacking mainlanders. Someone noted his state of being: "He is a drug abuser." At 1:39 of the video, the man in the black t-shirt shouted aloud: "I want genuine universal suffrage!"

Addendum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixWx56EvjxU Another view of the man in black t-shirt.

(Oriental Daily with video) 3:59pm;

The demonstrators told the mainland tourists to "scram back to China." Others chanted "Build the Hong Kong City-State." Some demonstrators intercepted any mainlander with a shopping cart or luggage case and prevented them from moving.

A Mr. Li from Shenzhen saluted the demonstrators with his middle finger. He said that he comes down to Hong Kong once a month. He was trying to buy Lunar New Year items this time, and ran into the demonstrators. He said: "I am very unhappy" and "I don't understand why they would discriminate against mainlanders." He says that this was an isolated incident and he will continue to come to Hong Kong.

[Mr. Li was also interviewed by Apple Daily. He showed that he bought some biscuits and Sugus candies on this trip.]

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo-Wy31QXHw (dbc) At 1:00, there is Mr. Li from Shenzhen trying to making his way through. The plainclothes police woman who would get her hair pulled shows up at 1:13 to help him.]

(Oriental Daily with video) 4:17pm

One man got into argument with the demonstrators. The man later walked into the Global Work clothing store. Demonstrators charged into the store, and caused the shop assistants to go into hiding to avoid being targeted. Meanwhile other demonstrators banged on the door of a shuttered underwear shop.

(Oriental Daily with video) 4:42pm

A clash between police and demonstrators on a passageway between different shopping plazas.


A Valiant One punched a mainland tourist from behind.


A Valiant One in black hood and surgical mask delivers the message to mainland tourists ("Chinese people love their motherland, go back and spend money in China")

(Oriental Daily with video) 5:19pm.


Waving the British Dragon/Lion flag for Hong Kong independence.


A man says the demonstrators attacked him. The demonstrators said he attacked the demonstrators.

(Oriental Daily with video) 5:46pm.

A male citizen called out from the fourth floor of New Town Plaza to the demonstrators below: "Young wastrels" About 200 demonstrators rushed up to the fourth floor. The police formed a cordon around the male citizen. But the demonstrators pressed forwards and surrounded the male citizen in front of a store. The police jostled with the demonstrators, raised the red warning banner and then released pepper spray. As more demonstrators surged forward, the mall management stopped the escalators. All the stores on the fourth floor were shuttered.


The man who called the demonstrators "young wastrels" being manhandled by them. Note the bespectacled young man holding on to the right foot.

(Apple Daily) has the same incident. A bald-headed man who claimed to be a Hongkonger clashed with anti-parallel trader demonstrators and accused them of being "young wastrels." He placed his hands around the neck of a bespectacled young man. The young man told the police: "He held my neck." The police eventually took the bald-headed man away for questioning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCJBW93r0u0 (Epoch Times) The bald-headed man versus the mob. At 1:05, he is down on the ground and they are screaming: "Fucking kick him to death!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUTLw7Ij86E (SocREC) The bald-headed guy versus a very valiant crowd. The crowd asked him: "You assaulted someone and now you are breaking out in cold sweat." It probably has more to do the spitting right in his face.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUjH5YoneNw Donnie Yen in the movie Ip Mon plays the Chinese martial artist who issues a challenge to fight ten Japanese soldiers at the same time.

(Oriental Daily) 9:18pm

Mr. Cheung who operates a eyeglass store in New Town Plaza estimated that he lost at least 30% of his business today as a result of the two hours when he had to shutter the store. The store depends heavily on weekend sales. But he emphasized that his paramount concern was the safety of the workers and customers. He said that his customers are about half local and half mainland. The mainlanders purchase eyeglasses for personal use. He said the demonstrators can express their demands without impacting others.

(Ming Pao) http://news.mingpao.com/ins/%E3%80%90%E6%B2%99%E7%94%B0%E5%8F%8D%E6%B0%B4%E5%AE%A2%E3%80%91%E7%A4%BA%E5%A8%81%E4%BA%BA%E6%BD%AE%E6%95%A3%E5%8E%BB%20%E5%BA%97%E8%88%96%E9%87%8D%E9%96%8B/web_tc/article/20150215/s00001/1424010921687

According to Ms. Man at the Japanese furniture stop SaLa in New Town Plaza Phase III, they were not aware of the demonstration today. During the action, they lowered the gates for half an hour. Even though the crowd left, business was still affected. Sunday is usually the better day for business, but they lost about $3,000 in business today.

According to Ms. Ho in the women's fashion store Mushroom, they were not aware of the demonstration today and therefore were unprepared. The demonstrators arrived around 4pm and about 100 people gathered outside the store. They lowered the gates for about half an hour. She thinks that evening business was affected. Even though traffic resumed to normal by 6pm, they had missed the prime shopping period. She estimates that they lost 50% of their normal Sunday business.

(Apple Daily) 8:52pm

An escalation of action took place later. About 50 demonstrators rushed onto Tam Kon Po Street across the Shatin Town Hall, and tossed garbage cans and traffic cones onto road to block vehicular traffic. Many drivers honked to signal their displeasure. The police came and restore order. The entire incident lasted two minutes.

(The Standard) Sha Tin protestors pepper sprayed.

Tensions rose from about 3pm with the group of protesters arriving at the mall and shouting at mainlanders to go home. Some held signs saying, "Get Out" and "You are not civilized." A mainland woman shouted back but was immediately drowned out by several protesters who yelled back while giving her the middle finger. One protester held up the colonial flag and called for independence for Hong Kong.

During the chaos, shelves in one shop were pulled down, scattering goods on the floor. Scuffles between various groups were reported at about 5pm and a shop's shutter was hit by a hard object thrown by an unidentified person. Officers immediately hoisted the red banner and moved in to separate the opposing groups with pepper spray.

One local shopper scolded the protesters, calling them "useless youths." As tempers flared, police surrounded the shopper, but protesters pushed forward and scuffled with officers.

Several more scuffles erupted among protesters, shoppers and the police, with several people falling over. Police then formed a human wall to separate protesters and others as well as to prevent protesters from launching themselves at the shutters that shop operators had pulled down.

The protesters were not deterred by the pepper spray and most shops on the fourth floor were forced to close amid fears protesters might rush in. Police used batons to disperse protesters, and a policewoman had her hair pulled.

A mainland shopper from Dongguan said: "By organizing such a rally, Hong Kong people have shown themselves to be troublesome." Others said they will continue to shop in Hong Kong.

A Hong Kong woman said the increasing number of mainland visitors had disrupted locals' daily lives and she now visits the mall less often."They are impolite. The hit people with the luggage they drag around and do not even apologize," she said.

(SCMP) Fresh clashes in New Territories protest against parallel traders

Clashes erupted in the New Territories for the second Sunday in a row yesterday as a shopping mall was overrun by anti-parallel trading protesters.

Police were repeatedly forced to intervene, wrestling protesters to the ground, drawings batons and unleashing pepper spray. But a series of arrests led to demonstrators confronting officers, hurling abuse such as "black police" and other insults.

For a second week, after protests erupted in Tuen Mun last Sunday, the colonial-era flag was waved at the protest. One demonstrator waving the flag was aged just 13.

Police last night said six men were arrested for offences including assaulting police, disorder in a public place, obstructing police and common assault. Three people, including an officer, were injured, police said. They later said more arrests may follow.

Trouble flared after more than 100 young protesters marched from the Sha Tin MTR station through the New Town Plaza, chanting "mainlanders go back to the mainland" and telling mainlanders to "drink their own milk powder".

As demonstrators advanced, shops rolled down their shutters - many with customers still inside - and escalators were stopped.

One local, who gave her name as J.Chan, 29, said she resented mainlanders. "The situation is bad here. Sha Tin has become a parallel trading heaven," said Chan, who grew up in the district but moved away a year ago. "I once saw a mainlander just casually having a meal of siu mei [Chinese barbecue snacks] in a shopping mall nursing room. They have no manners and no culture."

Mainlanders and parallel traders were berated by demonstrators, with some reacting angrily by giving protesters the middle finger. "I don't understand what they are saying [in Cantonese] but this is crazy, I don't know why they are so violent," said a mainland tourist from Hangzhou . "I have only come to buy gifts for the Lunar New Year ... I guess I won't spend so much here in the future."

Tensions rose as sporadic clashes erupted between protesters, police and even shoppers. Some mall-goers were so angry about the protests that scuffles broke out with those marching.

A spokesman for one of the activist groups at the protest, HK Indigenous, which had coorganised last week's Tuen Mun rally that led to more than a dozen arrests, said the Sha Tin event was spontaneous. "We are not here to cause trouble. We are here merely to see how this [parallel trading] activity is affecting Hongkongers' lives," he said, adding one member of the group was arrested yesterday "without reason" .

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaBZvhmJhI (SocREC) Taken at 6:17pm. The video title said that a Chinese woman is surrounded by a large number of citizens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDyCQWO-GgY (SocREC) Action from the rear. People milling around looking to take pictures and videos. What was happening?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOqITIwqMCw (SocREC)
0:08 (Crowd) Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother! ...
1:00 (Crowd) Evil cop! Evil cop! Evil cop! Evil cop! Evil cop! Evil cop! Evil cop! Evil cop! ...
1:18 (Woman) Fuck your mother! Fuck your mother!
1:30 (Woman) Release him! Release him! Release him!
1:36 (Woman) Why are you arresting the kid? Why are you arresting the kid?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3-X47b1aOo (SocREC) Taken at 6:19pm. The police removed a luggage case (according to the video title, but the said action was not observed on this video). The demonstrators chanted "Evil cops" and "Fuck your mother!"
(Oriental Daily) A female mainland tourist with a luggage case was cursed out by the demonstrators and fled leaving the luggage case behind. When she went back to retrieve her luggage, she got into an argument with a demonstrator wearing a surgical mask. The police separated the two. The demonstrator would not stop and continued to curse for 10 minutes. The police escorted the female tourist to leave. But her luggage was pasted with banners saying "Valiant resistance" and "Building the Hong Kong Nation." The demonstrators then tried to kick the luggage case. More than a dozen policeman surrounded the luggage case. The demonstrators accused the police for guarding luggage on behalf of mainlanders. They said that this was a waste of police resources. The luggage case was finally removed by the security personnel at the shopping mall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqBFe8L1Wxk (SocREC) Physical confrontation between police and demonstrators. Pushing and shoving. A shop gate was damaged.

(INT News Channel)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4073xL1n3Y Part 1 at 3:10pm. Assemble at the train station and give the obligatory press conference.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTezhK_UM3w Part 2 at 3:19pm. The video begins with the man in the black t-shirt wobbling around and cursing everybody's mother. At 2:22, he says "I want genuine universal suffrage."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2VQNPbES2w Part 3 at 4:11pm. At 1:26, the crowd chases someone into the Global Work clothing shop. A man and his son are escorted away to leave through the door on the lower floor of the store.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oorKiLPeDE Part 4 at 4:45pm.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko5Mezv5kNg Part 5 at 5:11pm. The bald-headed guy versus the mob. They mill around. At 4:12, "Don't hit him." "Don't hit his groin." "Don't hit him in the face." "Don't hit him with your hand. Fingerprints." "Don't let anyone see you." At 4:43pm, "Go back to the mainland! Go back to the mainland! Go back to the mainland!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiETC0tFBeE Part 6 at 5:56pm. Police use pepper spray.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab1C-JCm0Hw Part 7 at 6:05pm. The bald-headed guy got thrown on the floor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mezcJ8Vqcdc Part 8 at 6:22pm. First a couple is surrounded and cursed at. Then there is the mysterious luggage case in the middle of the hall. At 2:00, a woman gets yelled at by pro-democracy mouth-foaming valiant warriors with lots of "Fuck your mother" and "Go back to China." At 2:29, the gentleman in the white t-shirt screams a few inches away: "What the fuck is this to you!? Fuck your mother! Don't ever fucking come here again! Did you hear me?" Then the crowd applauds his speech. At 2:45, the gentleman in the white t-shirt is encouraged by the reception to this speech, says: "I fuck you mother! Don't fucking come here!" The female says that he is blocking her way. He screams: "I am fucking refusing to let you pass! Does that fucking upset you?" And it goes on for a while. Nothing of substance except "Fuck your mother!" and "Don't ever fucking come back!" At 5:20, the camera pans back to the luggage case, now plastered with slogans. The police show up to chants of "Evil police!" At 6:24, a mall security guard removes the luggage case. At 12:27, the crowd surrounds a man in a corridor and offers him some more "Fuck your mother!" He waves an ID card and a demonstrators tries to grab it. More "Fuck your mother!" They won't let him leave until he apologizes. For what? The man's female companion makes the pray sign, slaps him lightly on the face and begs the crowd to forgive him. More "Fuck your mother!" He says, "I am a Hongkonger and I am Chinese." At 16:07, a middle-aged man gives the real mesage: "I am a Hongkonger. I am a Hongkonger. You eat shit!" The distressed woman slaps her companion a few more times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSQ1jRA0-e8 (dbc) A series of citizen-policeman confrontation. A policeman gets injured on the forehead at 2:11. The crowd surges forward. The police raise the red warning banner and then used pepper spray.

http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/realtime/breaking/20150215/53441838 (Apple Daily) At 5:45pm, more than one hundred demonstrators clashed with the police. The police pushed forward, and the demonstrators and reporters were backed into a fashion store after forcing the plastic door open. The police used pepper spray, and many reporters got sprayed. Fortunately, the people only pushed the display shelf down and did not break the kitchen cabinet which held some glass dining utensils, or a lot of people might be injured.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFP4cCYURdM (Epoch Times) A man tries to sneak away while the policeman is listening to a complainant. Other policemen chased him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBM2AYkbJSo (Epoch Times) At 1:05, someone reaches over and pulls the hair of the female plainclothes police officer. This is replayed in slow motion at 1:18. The police woman want certain bystanders to play their videos to locate the perpetrator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRVjghKn040 (TVB) News hour report
0:43 An elderly couple claimed to be tourists on their first visit ever to Hong Kong. The man said: "I feel that you Hongkongers are very troublesome. You Hong Kong people. We did not block the passageway. We were only sitting there. This was my first time here. How would I know?  Very bad. Very bad. Chinese people don't curse people this way.
1:00 Placard: "Chase away Communist locusts; restore British Hong Kong; build a Hong Kong People's Government." "Eradicate the 1 million barbarian Communist locusts, wash away the shame of 18 years of oppression by the Communist locusts, cleanse Hong Kong once more."
1:26 Masked young man: "Chinese people should buy Chinese products." Woman with children: "We used came to walk around. What is the matter with you people?"
2:25 Ms. Ho who is in charge of a cosmetics store: "I guess that business would decrease by 20% to 30% because the traffic flow. The gate is lowered now, so the customers aren't coming in. It becomes harder to conduct business."

Internet comments:

- Yet another demonstration with unique Hong Kong characteristics: twenty demonstrators, a hundred spectators, and five hundred so-called "photojournalists", most of whom don't work for media outlets and are only looking for Like's on Facebook.

- If you know anything about mainland China, you will know that February 15 (Sunday) was a regular working day because they shift the rest day to the long Lunar New Year vacation week. So most of the shoppers in Sha Tin today are Hongkongers.

- The action is "Defend Sha Tin, oppose parallel traders." They targeted the jewellery stores Chow Sang Sang and Chow Tai Fook. What have the jewellery stores got to do with parallel traders? Nothing. This is just a Sino-phobic action in disguise. That was why you have people waving the British Dragon/Lion flag for Hong Kong independence.

- One demonstrator was heard yelling: "Why are you expelling me from the mall but not the locusts?" That is because the mainlanders are shopping whereas you are trying to stop them from shopping. If this reasoning defies you, you need to check into the Castle Peak Psychiatric Hospital.

- How did a protest against parallel traders became an all-out attack on mainland tourists? What is the future of a city whose citizens harass tourists?

- If you say that the mainland tourists are rude and disorderly, then I don't see how the mob today can be described as polite and orderly. "You are wrong, therefore I must be right" is a weird logic.

This demonstrator brought his own red banner: "Oust all barbarians." On this day, the demonstrators were the barbarians, both in behavior and in literal meaning: "The word
蠻 refers to those uncivilized people living in Southern China (e.g. Hong Kong) and far away from the Central Plains, which is the political and cultural centre of the Middle Kingdom."

- The slogan was to eliminate multi-entry visas for mainlanders. Fine, what if the Hongkongers' Home Permit Card is entitled to only one visit? If you want to make another trip, you have to go down to the China Travel Service and re-apply? How would you feel? Very inconvenient for some Hongkongers who need to travel more often, eh?

- I support ousting the parallel traders (both mainland and Hong Kong citizens), but I oppose the ousting of all mainland tourists. But unless the Localists have special abilities, they can post guard in front of PrizeMart but they won't be able to correctly distinguish between the two types all the time. So this type of effort is going to result in some mistakes. But I suppose this was the intention of a subset of those demonstrators, namely those waving signs that they want to cleanse one million mainland locusts from Hong Kong.

- The real purpose today cannot be about harassing mainland tourists or parallel traders. It is to harass Hong Kong shoppers doing their Lunar New Year shopping, in the hope that they will be stupid enough to blame CY Leung for what happened.

- As for the 50 people who tossed garbage cans and traffic cones outside the Shatin Town Hall, I completely fail to see the connection to stopping the parallel traders. There isn't even any symbolic value. Sometimes, I wonder if these stupid people doing stupid things are actually Communist agents provocateurs who want to provide the rationale for legislating Article 23.

- Apple Daily said that drivers honked to express their displeasure at the people tossing garbage cans and traffic cones on the road. This is speculative on the part of the reporter. How do you know if the drivers were not honking in support of the action? Apple Daily must apologize for this reporting mistake and the chief editor must resign to complete the accountability process.

- I just saw on TVB News a female Shatin resident voicing her support of the demonstrators. Well, does she welcome the Umbrella people to block all vehicular traffic (including buses and minibuses) and set up a tent city in downtown Shatin? She just might, but only if she assumes that the government will fall as a result. Except that won't happen.

- These young wastrels are really good at attacking in wolf packs one or two mainland tourists. But they will never go to Beijing and mount a protest in Tiananmen Square. What is holding back "genuine universal suffrage" is not the CY Leung government; it is the Chinese Communist Party. So they attack the enemy by harassing one or two mainland tourists at a time. And they call themselves the Valiant (勇武) Ones.

- I once thought that this was a campaign against parallel traders. Then I noticed that all Hong Kong mobile telephone equipment companies engage in parallel trading -- that is, you can buy either the Hong Kong model or an imported model from somewhere else (Australia? Vietnam? Indonesia? wherever) which is cheaper due to price differential. Who are we trying to kid here? It was never about parallel trading. It was always about Sinophobia.

- They keep shouting "Mainlanders should go home and use Chinese products." Does that mean that Hong Kong people should only use only Hong Kong products? Oh, wait, Hong Kong does not make that much, does it? So what is the rationale?

- The confrontation with the bald-headed guy made clear what the underlying strategy of the day was. In the Umbrella Revolution, the long-term mass occupation was unsustainable, would lose public opinion support and be forcibly cleared by the police. Then they thought about reaching out to the local communities. But when the Yellow Ribbons set up street booths, they get chased away by angry citizens. Therefore the current strategy is an optimal solution. First of all, there is no intention of running a long-term mass occupation. This is just fluid and transient. Secondly, there numbers are just big enough (200 according to the police estimate). The bald-headed guy challenged a demonstrator to a fight. The demonstrator refused to fight him. Instead, a dozen of demonstrators jumped the bald-headed guy and held him on the ground. The bald-headed guy got up and want to fight one-on-one. The telling remark from a demonstrator was: "Yes, the whole point is that we have the numbers. Does that upset you?" If you spread the 200 people across the main parallel trading towns (Sheung Shui, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Sha Tin, Tai Po, Fan Ling), then each location will have only 30 to 40 people who may be lynched by local resident and shopkeepers. Therefore this current strategy of one town each Sunday is optimal. But it won't change anything, because they can cause trouble in one town for two hours every Sunday while business goes on as usual at other locations and at other times. The whole exercise is only for media consumption.

- The appearance of the bald-headed guy revived the old "All bald-headed guys look the same" talk.

Top right: Mong Kok anti-Occupy demonstrator.
Bottom right: Admiralty police officer
Top left: Sha Tin heckler
Bottom left: Sha Tin heckler
For previous feature analysis, see ETTV report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yei_IOjNVmU

- As for the couple who were surrounded, the man made the mistake of saying: "I have a Hong Kong ID. I am Chinese." He completely failed to realize that the goal of the day was not to oppose parallel traders. The goal was not even to oppose mainlanders whether they are parallel traders, tourists or migrants. The goal was to oppose all Chinese. Even if the man was a Hong Kong aborigine of a dozen generations, his original sin was to think that he is of Chinese origin. According to the Localists, the Hongkongers are a different species from the Chinese.

- Before they ever permitted individual tourists from mainland, it was just as crowded in Causeway Bay or Mong Kok. Nobody came out to cleanse the Hong Kong locusts. So to come out now is hypocritical. If you want to target the Communists, just say so. Instead you start opposing everything and everybody from China and thus show that you have even worse quality than your enemy. This is doing a huge disfavor to the other Hongkongers.

- When the Hong Kong University students voted to withdraw from the Federation of Students, opponents said that the Communists would be most delighted to see that happen. Given what happened today, I must say that the Communists would be most delighted to see that happen. If this road show can tour all 18 districts of Hong Kong, it will wipe away any modicum of sympathy left for the pro-democracy movement. Previously, most people outside of Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok only saw it on the news. Now they will get a close look at what Occupy-style democracy shall be.

- This woman was complaining on TVB that the mainlanders are blocking the passages. She said: "They run their cart over your foot, break your toenail and still they never apologize." Hell, yes! I know of a bunch of other people who blocked the streets of Hong Kong for seventy-nine days and still they never apologize. Who is worse?

- The numbers. Maybe 200 active persons showed up today (you can't include the spectators or 'photojournalists' as well). How many mainland parallel traders were in Sha Tin today? Probably none, because it makes no economic sense (that is, they would have gone to Sheung Shui or Tuen Mun which are much closer to border crossings). How many mainland tourists were in Sha Tin? Probably in the order of thousands (if not tens of thousands). How many persons who were born on the mainland were there? Probably close to one hundred thousand. If the goal was to stop mainland parallel traders, then this was a total victory (because they were never there to begin with). If the goal was to stop mainland tourists (not parallel traders), then the enemy won. If the goal was to stop anyone born on the mainland, then this was a total defeat.

So what was the goal?
According to the original announcement, it was to stop the parallel traders.
According to what some demonstrators did, it was to stop mainland tourists (or anyone with a cart or luggage case).
According to what some demonstrators said, it was to stop the mainland Chinese (who are all Communists). Evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_dNKnEXlIs The crowd was chanting "Down with the Communists!" repeatedly.

- So the point of the exercise today is to oust all the mainlanders from Hong Kong. For example, the mother who took her children to stroll around the mall was told by a masked demonstrator to go back to China. According to Wikipedia, Ethnic Cleansing is the systematic forced removal of ethnic groups from a given territory with the intent it making it ethnically homogeneous. The forces applied may be various forms of forced migration (deportation, population transfer), intimidation as well as mass murder ... the purpose of ethnic cleaning is to remove competitors. The party implementing this policy sees a risk (or a useful scapegoat) in a particular ethnic group, and uses propaganda about that group to stir up FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) in the general population. The targeted ethnic group is marginalized and demonized. It can also be conveniently blamed for the economic, moral and political woes of that region ... Ethnic cleaning is defined a a crime against humanity under the statutes of the International Criminal Court.

- Food for thought experiments:
(A1) What if the person hauling the luggage case is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, big-breasted British woman?
(A2) What if the person hauling the luggage case is a black Sudanese man seeking political asylum here in Hong Kong?
(A3) What if the person hauling the luggage case is a big fat Brazilian trader working out of Chung King Mansion?
(B1) What if some rich pro-democracy person raises the money to buy the whole mall, and then posts "We don't sell to mainlander pigs" signs everywhere?
(B2) What if some rich mainland person raises the money to buy the whole mall, and then posts "We don't sell to Hong Kong pigs" signs everywhere?

- I was shopping at the Burberry store today. I could not get out before the gates were lowered, so I stayed inside. They were banging on the doors like rioters. Sigh!

- I went out to Cheung Chau to relax this time. Instead, I found more people there than in Mong Kok. Next week we need to Occupy Cheung Chau and cleanse the locusts. Oh, wait, those locusts are all Hongkongers. Mainlanders come from rural areas and see no reason to visit what looks like home. But Hong Kong city hicks want to go out to Cheung Chau and experience that rural feel.

- The Kee Wah Bakery lowered its gate and posted a sign: "Due to the rioting, we are temporarily suspending business." This has hurt the feelings of many pro-democracy people. There was no riot, unless you count the police riot. If there was pepper spray, the police used it without any justification whatsoever. We will boycott Kee Wah until they surrender and apologize.

Addendum: (Oriental Daily) Justice prevails! Kee Wah surrenders and acknowledge that the workers used an inappropriate description.

- The only way out is (A) CY Leung must resign; (B) Hong Kong must close its borders with China; (C) Hong Kong must have genuine universal suffrage which means civil nomination of the Chief Executive. If we can have all three, happiness will greet us at the end of the rainbow!
Another way out is (X) expel all the young wastrels and the valiant warriors to Namibia (or the Falkland Islands).

- I watched these videos from SocREC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMXRxmdJOWw  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDU1cqed_U taken at 4:27pm. A middle-aged man with a military crew cut and a woman were surrounded and cursed out ("Fuck your mother" etc). The couple kept saying "We are Hongkongers" to no avail and the guy waved his Hong Kong ID. So on this day, the mob targeted anyone whom they think looks like a mainlander, regardless of whether the person is a parallel trader, or a mainland tourist with a multiple-entry visa, or a mainland tourist with a first-time single-entry visa (as were the elderly couple from Dongguan as recorded by TVB News), or a new migrant from the mainland who came within the past 7 years, or someone from the mainland who has already earned permanent resident status (according to the Population Census, 2.2 million Hong Kong residents were born in the mainland, Taiwan or Macao), or a native born Hongkonger. Of course, the demonstrators are never to be blamed. Instead, it is the fault of 689 and his Communist masters to allow mainlanders to come to Hong Kong for any reason at all (as migrants or tourists).

(Apple Daily) When this Hongkonger couple walked by, the demonstrators thought that they were mainlanders. The man raised his ID and said: "I have an ID, but I am a Chinese." This infuriated the demonstrators who surrounded the man and cursed the couple out. The wife slapped the husband a dozen time and begged the demonstrators for forgiveness. But the demonstrators ignored her pleas and continued with their cursing. They forced him into a corner. Finally a plainclothes police man came and escorted the couple away.

- Another Sunday, another shopping mall. Has total victory been achieved? Or even partial victory? An hour later, all the stores will re-open for business as if nothing happened. If you are truly valiant and strong, you would have burned the mall down to the ground and then there won't be any more parallel traders or tourists in Sha Tin for all times. As it stands, you have changed nothing. I suppose that's fine as long as you feel good about yourselves.

- Yuen Long next week? That will be the Grand Battle of the Valiant Ones versus the Rural Triads while the police take a Lunar New Year vacation.

- A Yuen Long fruit stand sign says: "This stand does not sell to mainlanders."

Related link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cvK-VGPocQU No dogs or Chinese allowed in Huangpu Park scene from Bruce Lee's Fists of Fury.

- Wong Yeung-tat (Civic Passion) probably wants to run for Legislative Council in the Kowloon East district once more. So the big question is: Will Civic Passion try to occupy the APM mall in Kwun Tong? If they do, it will upset the local shopkeepers and residents, and they will remember it when the voting comes around. Therefore, it is better to reclaim Tuen Mun (New Territories West district) and Sha Tin (New Territories East district). But People's Power may want to press on with APM and put the blame on Civic Passion.

(The Standard) HKU students back vote on matter to quit. January 27, 2015.

Two University of Hong Kong students running in upcoming Students' Union elections disagree with a proposal for the university to leave the Federation of Students. But they back a referendum on the issue.

Speaking at a forum hosted by the Hong Kong University Students' Union yesterday, the leader of the Smarties group, Michael Pang Cheuk-kei, said: "We're happy with a referendum, though we oppose leaving the federation. But we'll respect the result if students want to do so." The leader of Ascent, Fung Jing-en, said the group has a similar stance: "We do not want to quit the federation. We should consider reforming it first."

The motion for the referendum was passed narrowly by the Students' Union Council last night. It will be held from February 9 to 13 simultaneously with the union elections.

The federation came under fire from two other student representatives from the HKU Independence group. They criticized its decisions and actions during Occupy Central, which they said included being too late in escalating action. And an escalation on November 30 "should not have been only symbolic," representative Lee Kai-tik said. Another representative, Ng Wai-ka said he had heard various students talk about boycotting the federation.

(South China Morning Post) Federation of Students suffers biggest split in 57-year history as HKU quits over Occupy. February 15, 2015.

Hong Kong's oldest and most politically influential student body, which organised the sit-ins that acted as a catalyst for last year's Occupy turmoil, suffered the most significant split in its 57-year history yesterday when one of its biggest bloc of members voted to leave.

University of Hong Kong students voted narrowly in favour of quitting the Hong Kong Federation of Students in a referendum sparked by a groundswell of support for the so-called localist movement, which to varying degrees supports Hong Kong independence and believes the federation's core mission to "build a democratic China" diminishes its ability to represent the interests of the city.

(Bastille Post) February 14, 2015.


Final vote:
2,522 for
2,278 against
1,293 null

The Federation of Students was the active leader of the Occupy Central movement. When the Hong Kong University Student Union quits the Federation after the Occupy Central movement, one would think that the pro-establishment forces propelled the referendum to quit. But the fact is the exact opposite. The referendum was instigated by radical students. 400 of them thought that the Federation of Students was too moderate and therefore they started the referendum to for their student union to quit the federation.

Afterwards there were arguments between the pro- and anti- sides on this referedum. Former Federation of Students secretary-general Daisy Chan wrote on her Facebook that the pro-withdrawal faction was "really XXXXXXX trash." She added, "Withdrawing from the federation" is a false issue, because the proponents really want to dismantle the Federation of Students as a whole. The dissolution will "only create problems without solving anything." Thus, if the pro-withdrawal faction has the courage to "benefit the enemy (the Chinese Communists), then they should know that they will be XXXXXXX cursed out as traitors who abet the Chinese Communists." She said that the pro-withdrawal faction is brainless, and wanted the citizens to start a "Save the university students by finding their brains for them."

Daisy Chan's remarks were passed around the Internet. The group that started the referendum process posted a screen capture on their own Facebook page, with the comments: "'Actually those who propound the withdrawal from the Federation are really XXXXXXX trush.' Thus spoke the 2011-2012 Federation of Students secretary-general Daisy Chan. Current Federation of Students deputy secretary-general Lester Shum also posted a 'like'. After two months of discussion and more than 400 persons signing the petition to hold the referendum, this was the response that we got. How can you expect out of the Federation of Students? Are reforms from within possible? Hong Kong University people, how can you not be angry?

(VJmedia) February 14, 2015.

Since when did my standard for doing things become "Would the Communists be happy or not?" We must cast our votes for the pan-democrats "or else the Communists would be most delighted". We must not withdraw from the Federation of Students "or else the Communists would be most delighted." We must not criticize the leftwards, "or else the Communists would be most delighted." We must not charge at the national flag, "or else the Communists would be most delighted" ...

But when you advised people to withdraw from the Occupy areas, you didn't say "the Communists would be most delighted"? And when the Democratic Party got into a secret discussion with the China Liaison Office in a dark room, you didn't say "the Communists would be most delighted"? When you tell us to oppose the localist movement to reclaim Hong Kong, you didn't say "the Communists would be most delighted"? When the leftards want Hong Kong and mainland China to meld together, you didn't say "the Communists would be most delighted"? When the Catholic Justice League wanted to pray for the melding of Hong Kong and mainland China, you didn't say "the Communists would be most delighted"? ...

Can you please explain?

[After the results were announced, Daisy Chan wrote on her Facebook:

Daisy Chan: If I were Wong Yiu-ying, I would open up eighteen bottles of red wine to celebrate. I didn't even have to raise my hand and it was already a bountiful harvest. This has been unbelievable.

Daisy Chan: Actually, if I were the Communists, I would want chaos in Hong Kong, because Grand Peace comes only after Grand Chaos. They already posted soldiers in Hong Kong, so it is easy to send the dispatch the soldiers. But I am less optimistic about whether the people of Hong Kong can weather the storm. More likely they will use their foreign passport to leave in case of trouble.

Daisy Chan: If this is going something bad out of good intentions, then it is not a simple matter about the freedom to associate. The Federation of Students is really no big deal, but I believe they can insure that the academic field won't be turned 'red' overnight. Besides, I can't see how the Hong Kong University which founded the federation many years ago is in anyway not independent or free.

Simon Cheung: Today, the Communists must be very happy.

Daisy Chan: Actually, people do not deny that the Communists are applauding. We have reached the greatest possible consensus. This post is over. Maybe not liking the Communists is an idea that is past its time.]

What is the basis for you to deduce that "the Communists would be most delighted" with the withdrawal of Hong Kong University from the Federation of Students? Why couldn't the referendum be interpreted as the young generation voting for rapid de-Sinoficaiton, which would in fact caused maximum headache for the Communists? Besides, there are many factions within the Communists and they don't share the same interests. Where is your evidence? Aren't you supposed to be "scientific, objective, neutral, unbiased, fair and comprehensive"?

Please don't be so hypocritical, okay? Please don't hold too many double standards, okay? Please do as you say, okay? I am not asking too much. You have been moving the goal posts around, just like the Communists. As Ms. Yip Po-lam said, "You detest the Chinese Communists, but you act just like they do. Is that worth it?"

To be fair, the current Federation of Students cabinet will seem to favor Greater China and leftist ideology less than previous ones, but it doesn't mean that Hong Kong University students must join. Whatever our positions, we must share the basic consensus to respect the democratic system and the referendum results. Frankly, I don't see the current result will be making a material impact soon. But the Federation of Students folks need to respect the wishes of the voters, stop making snide remarks and apologize for calling people "XXXXXXX trash."

(Bastille Post) February 15, 2015.

In the Hong Kong University referendum, the measure to withdraw from the Federation of Students was passed by a margin of more than 200 votes. Next, the Lingnan University students will hold their own referendum. If they vote to withdraw as well, the the Federation will lost 2 out of 8 university members. If more universities follow suit, the Federation will be shattered.

... In retrospect, this action by the Hong Kong University students was clearly planned by some very smart people. They took advantage of the frailties of the current Federation of Students -- namely, their inability to grind out a ground game patiently because there was neither media spotlight nor large numbers of cheerleaders.

The whole lesson taught us that the reason why the Federation of Students seemed so powerful during Occupy Central was that they were attacking the establishment only. It is easy to attack people, but it is a lot harder to defend against similar attacks. The Federation of Students is a 57-year-old establishment. Their opponents perceived the weakness in the Federation in defending their establishment. So it was a rout in the end.

Internet comments:

- The Federation of Students ran around claiming to represent the people of Hong Kong, who don't remember ever empowering them. Now it turns out that the Federation cannot even claim to represent the university students of Hong Kong.

- Voter turnout of 6,093 was said to be 39% in this referendum. Of these 2,522 voted 'for',
2,278 voted 'against' and 1,293 cast 'null' or 'blank' votes. Thus, 39% x 2522 / 6903 = 14% voted for the Hong Kong University Student Union to withdraw from the Federation of Students and 39% x 2278 / 6903 = 13% voted against. The remaining 73% of students either did not vote or cast 'null'/'blank' votes. What is the popular mandate as indicated by these results? Why won't people respect the 73%?

- All this means is that the Undergrad faction has won and the Hong Kong University Student Union can go ahead full-steam with the independence movement.

- This is good beginning. All university student unions should hold the same kinds of referendum so that all students can express their own opinions. At present, the Federation of Students make all the decisions without allowing for individual expression. What kind of democratic system is this? How can this be genuine democracy/universal suffrage? The students should be allowed to tell their Student Unions whether they want such a state of affairs or not.

- "This means that the Hong Kong University students have rejected the leftards and want to become Valiant Localists." Good, let's start the Revolution then. Please name the time and place.

- It was said that Yvonne Leung, ex-HKUSU president, declined to make a statement on this referendum and thus fail to rally students to vote against. Well, actually, it won't help. Suppose she came out with a firm statement on the importance of the Federation of Students to Hong Kong democracy, she would only rally students who dislike the Occupy Movement to vote for.

- The referendum instigated by the Valiant Localist students was passed. This meant that future student resistance movements will be more "valiant" and "localist" in nature. These two ingredients imply that an armed rebellion for Hong Kong independence will be in the cards for the future. The incoming Student Union president said that if the Hong Kong University students are treated violently in future demonstrations, they will come "wearing armor and carrying shields" and they will "use force to stop the violence."

- There was no exit poll. But there is a suggestion that the "for" votes came from two extreme ends of the political spectrum. On one hand, there are those who thought that the Federation of Students was too moderate and failed to escalate during the Occupy Movement. Therefore, they want the freedom to act more radically in the future. On the other hand, there are those who thought that students should be studying and not playing politics.
This landscape is reproduced in the larger society, although it has not played out in this way yet. At present, the confrontation is between a pro-establishment camp and a pro-democracy camp. The present Chief Executive and his cabinet are pro-establishment. Someday it may come to pass that a moderate pan-democrat becomes the Chief Executive. The lesson from the student referendum is that this Chief Executive will be opposed by both the pro-establishment camp and the more radical pro-democracy camp. His/her position will be even more precarious than the present CY Leung government.

- Since when have they respected voting? It was always about the quality and not the quantity of voters. 80% of citizens opposed Occupy? It's the 20% high-education, high-quality people that count! So they should annul the referendum results and go ahead as before.

- It doesn't matter to the Federation of Students. It is a duly registered organization with something like several tens of millions of dollars in assets. Although a new cabinet is elected every two years, the board of directors is a bunch of faceless individuals who have been there forever. Even if all the individual student unions withdraw, the Federation will merrily continue to raise more money to fight for freedom and democracy.

(South China Morning Post) February 13, 2015.

A fund was launched yesterday to help people who were arrested or injured in clashes with police during the 79-day Occupy Central protests last year. The Umbrella Relief Fund will pay for medical expenses, loss of income as a result of having been arrested or legal fees where necessary.

The fund's trustees have set an initial target of raising HK$1 million, which is to be available for up to six years. They believe about 100 to 200 Occupy protesters will need financial assistance.

"We are not encouraging people to take part in illegal activities. But we would like to offer some help to those who suffered losses because they have done what they believe is good for Hong Kong," said trustee Christine Fang Meng-sang, a former chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Trustee Edward Chan King-sang, a former Bar Association chairman, said: "Some also face hardship as a result of having been arrested or having had to attend inquiries or court hearings."

(Oriental Daily) February 13, 2015.

The Occupy Movement caused some businesses to suffer tremendous economic losses and some police officers to be injured or face criminal prosecution. When asked whether the Umbrella Relief Fund would accept application from these victims, Chan King-sang said that the government claims to be seriously considering giving aid to the affected businesses, so there was no need for the Umbrella Relief Fund to help them.

Fang Meng-sang also said that the police themselves have relief funds and donations. She also said that the Umbrella Movement did something that Hong Kong needs to have, and that is why the Umbrella Relief Fund will only help those people (including those who participated in the unlawful Occupy activities).

(Ta Kung Pao) February 13, 2015.

You beat someone up and then you want them to pay your own medical expenses? This sounds totally preposterous and absurd ...

The Umbrella Relief Fund does not have an evaluation system and it has no upper limit on the amount that can be applied for. Even Chan King-sang admits that they don't have the capability of doing a detailed investigation of the circumstances and therefore they may be deceived. Thus, the Fund relies on the honesty and integrity of the applicant. Furthermore, the Fund says that they don't care whether the applicant had engaged in illegal activities and all they care is that the applicant was injured or suffered economic losses.

How did these people get injured during the Occupy Central events? They were the radicals who stood in the front lines to fight the police. The Fund is footing their bills, thus encouraging such extremist behaviors. Chan King-sang said to hilarious effect: "These lawbreakers had already committed their unlawful acts. Therefore we cannot be encouraging them after the fact." Meanwhile the businesses in the Occupy areas which suffer economic losses will be ignored by the Fund because the government is "considering" giving them aid ...

(Passion Times) February 13, 2015.

The Umbrella Revolution died at the end of last year. Although the process was tumultuous, it contributed nothing towards democracy. Maybe some people thought that it was a useful enlightenment process, but the truth is that it was a waste of time and effort.

... Recently, a bunch of "democrats" started the Umbrella Relief Fund to help the Occupy participants and medical workers to cover their medical expenses and legal fees. They aimed to raise $1 million. The applications are to be processed by the Civil Human Rights Front.

The Hong Kong social activists know what the Civil Human Rights Front are about. If you are unfamiliar, then they are hucksters who try to sell you blessings and medicine for your wellbeing.

If you remember back to the start of the Umbrella Revolution, a group of lawyers started a volunteer group to proved free legal aid to those who are prosecuted. But before it took effect, the clash at the Legislative Council ripped the beautiful lie apart because these lawyers said that they won't serve those accused of violent crimes.

If you remember even further back, the Occupy Central organizers raised money through public donations with a goal of $7 million. Nobody knows where that money went, although some people have surely made their contributions. After the Occupy Central died noiselessly, that money vanished into thin air.

Given those precedents, the emergence of an Umbrella Relief Fund is incomprehensible. The only explanation is that this is yet another confidence game, whether this was for the money or the fame or mostly likely both. The chances of the those truly victimized Umbrella Revolution participants getting this money is near zero.

Setting up such a Fund today is like rubbing salt into the wounds of those who were hurt physically and/or emotionally during the Umbrella Revolution. These people have the audacity to package this as a charitable act. Their shamelessness and hypocrisy is colder than the winter this year.

Internet comments:

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To the Umbrella Relief Fund: I was hit and injured in the head during the Umbrella Revolution. Can you help me?
Response: Thank you for your inquiry. You need to file an application with the Civil Human Rights Front's volunteer secretariat. This Facebook page is for promotional purposes only. Please excuse us.

- (VJmedia) The Umbrella Relief Fund thanks a number of other organizations, including the Civil Human Rights Front, the Hong Kong Shield, the Umbrella Parents, the Umbrella Arrested Alliance etc. They all belong to the same grouping. For example, Fang Meng-sang of the Umbrella Relief Fund is on the board of director of Stand News, etc ... This so-called Umbrella Relief Fund is merely a brand extension from the Civil Human Rights Front, the Catholic Church Peace and Justice League, in as much as Ajisen Ramen and Sapporo Ramen are two brand lines within the same company.
The application form requires that you fill out your personal particulars including where, when and how you got arrested/injured. Whether they will help you is going to depend on whether you belong to their group. For example, the Occupy Central secretariat led by Melody Chan Yuk-fung had plenty of justification for refusing legal aid to action-takers ... If you are not aligned with them, they will only trample you a few times more. You didn't accept the Admiralty organization? You criticized Yip Po-lam? You don't like the pan-democrats? They will tell you to drop dead.

- Five persons came up with $6,000 totals (Mr. Chan gave $2,000 and the other four gave $1,000 each) and they want others to contribute to reach $1 million. If you want to make the big money, you must spend a little bit of seed money up front. Well, these five persons get to decide what to do with the money which they will pocket first. And they won't tell you because they have to protect the privacy of the recipients. Well, well, well ... If this isn't a confidence game, what is?

- Mr. Chan is a senior barrister and commands $100,000 per hour for his services, and he donates 2% of one hour of his time (at $2,000). I make $30 per hour. Where should I send my 2% (= 60 cents)?

- There is the interesting case of the dim sum chef living in the Sun Hing Building in Mong Kok. He was going home after dinner with this wife and mother when he found his building entrance being obstructed. He moved the obstacles aside in order to go home, and he was attacked by several Yellow Ribbons. His hand was broken and he could not work for three months. Will the Umbrella Relief Fund provide relief to him? Fang Meng-sang said: "We would like to offer some help to those who suffered losses because they have done what they believe is good for Hong Kong." So that would seemingly disqualify our chef, because all this selfish prick did was try to go home that night. And what he achieved by his broken hand was to sully the name of the Umbrella Revolution, and we all know that is not good.
P.S. The guys who assaulted him may be entitled to financial aid, though.

- Cheap bastards! The Umbrella Relief Fund organizers are two lawyers, one doctor, one accountant and one social worker (a former chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service), and they couldn't come up with 1 million themselves. It is only bread crumbs to them.

- "I want genuine financial assistance" and "I want genuine legal aid" banners are appropriate.

- I want to donate the 50 cents that I will get for writing this post.

- Wow! The Fund is going to accept applications which they won't check because they are going to count on the honesty of the applicants! You must be really stupid if you donate a single cent to this Fund.

- Can I donate in Bitcoins? I have plenty on hand and I don't know what to do with it.

- This is so inane that it must be a money laundering operation. Lots of anonymous cash coming through the door and spent through a black box operation that protects the privacy of the donors.

- What would happen if some Americans were to form an ISIS Relief Fund to help the ISIS members pay for their medical bills and legal aid? What would the United States government do?

- The Hong Kong University Public Opinion Programme reported that 1.2 million persons participated in the Occupy Movement. If each one would donate a dollar, there would immediately be $1.2 million in the Fund. Better yet, if each would donate ten dollars, there would be $12 million!

- The poor attendance at the February 1st demonstration march organized by the Civil Human Rights Front was not necessarily a huge problem. The bigger problem is that donations and sales have plunged at the booths along the route. The money flow is stopping, so that it is necessary to come up with alternate revenue streams. Not to worry because there are always enough fools out there who can be counted to part with their cash.

- I am going to tell all my friends and relatives to apply. The Umbrella Relief Fund/Civil Human Rights Front have already said that they won't check the story because they don't have the resources. So this is a test of writing creativity. You could get $10,000 for writing a good fictional essay.

- This is as stupid as asking people to contribute money to save ATV. Fucking stupid!

Archival material: This famous post from Melody Chan of the Occupy Central secretariat.

Someone called me at 5am to say that two people have been arrested and requested help. I guessed that they are those who were arrested at the Legislative Council, but I asked against hope in case I am mistaken. Through Whatsapp, I asked: "Where? Why?" He had the nerve to say "Legislative Council." I thought, "You have to nerve to seek me out." Then I switched the phone to airplane mode.

Are you guys the one who object to the organization and want to dismantle the Grand Stage? When you get into trouble,  you call the arrest aid hot line. Nothing is so convenient in this world.

Yes, lawyers should put aside their personal views and do their best for their clients, who may be murderers or Rafael Hui, to defend their rights under the existing system. But sorry, the volunteers at the legal aid group are not your lawyers. We are not obliged to cover every case. To put it bluntly, we are not even obliged to provide arrest aid in the middle of the night while leaving our families behind. We don't have to go to Central, or South Island, or Mong Kok police station to accompany you to make your statements and get fingerprinted and photographed, and then we have to go to work the next morning.

The volunteers and lawyers have been silently making their contributions to the movement. It is often inconvenient to be interviewed by the newspapers for this kind of work. We don't even want to be identified. We just quietly contribute our share with the citizens. But what have you done for the movement? You have been cursing the Grand Stage. In Mong Kok, you made posters against Yip Po-lam, you sold souvenirs and you disbanded the marshals. Every time that you rashly charge the police line, you curse the citizens for not supporting you. After  you made your charge, you disappear and the only arrestees were the students and citizens who couldn't flee as fast as you can. The only people who got beaten were the uncles and lads who came out to support you.

And you had the nerve to call me up at 5am to provide support for arrestees? If you really need a lawyer, we can certain help you: You sign a retainer first and you pay by the hour. Currently most of our lawyers are billing $3,000 to $5,000 per hour. There is a discount rate of only $20,000 for one nighttime visit down at the police station. Once you wire the money into the lawyer's bank account, we will rush over any time of day that you want.

(Ming Pao) February 10, 2015. http://news.mingpao.com/ins/%E5%B1%AF%E9%96%80%E5%99%B4%E6%A4%92%E4%BA%8B%E4%BB%B6%20%E5%A4%96%E7%B1%8D%E8%A8%98%E8%80%85%EF%BC%9A%E9%81%8A%E8%A1%8C%E6%9C%AC%E5%AE%89%E5%85%A8%20%E8%AD%A6%E5%88%B0%E5%A0%B4%E8%AE%8A%E6%88%B0%E5%A0%B4/web_tc/article/20150210/s00001/1423559437602

The foreign reporter Richard Scotford for the bilingual Hong Kong publication <bc magaine) was gathering news last Sunday on the demonstration against parallel traders in Tuen Mun. He personally witnessed the police using pepper spray inside the shopping mall. He also claimed to have been verbally harassed and attacked by the police.

This morning, Chief Executive CY Leung said that it was unacceptable that a small group people can charge at a shopping mall and harass people in order to express their discontent. The Hong Kong SAR will rigorously enforce the law.

On Facebook, Richard Scotford responded to CY Leung:

Internet comments:

- Does anyone read this <bc magazine> thing? Who cares what this Richard Scotford guy says?

- Why was it necessary to invoke a foreign reporter? What is the matter with Ming Pao's own reporters? They were there too. Have they censored themselves? Are they Sinofied/mainlandized?

- Why am I surprised that a foreigner should think that it is okay for wastrels to stop people from conducting business? After all, Americans and Brits thought that invading Iraq was a good thing too.

- After the relay hunger strike, this is the next great invention for the Umbrella Revolution: safe demonstration marches inside shopping malls!

- Does this brother mean that if the police didn't show up, then it is not a crime to have an illegal assembly inside a shopping mall to halt business. In like manner, if you rob a bank and you leave before the police arrive, then it is not a crime. But if the police arrive quickly and there was a gun fight between cops and robbers with innocents getting shot, then it is the police's fault!

- Trend Plaza is owned by Henderson Land Development Company Limited. It is private property. It is not like the open streets or public parks. You cannot march onto private property without permission. If you think otherwise, let me know because I'll march right into the <bc magazine> and occupy the publisher's office, and you better not call the police.
Reference (American Civil Liberties Union)
"The general rule is that the owners of private property can set rules for speech on that property. If you disobey the property owner's rules, they can order you off their property (and have you arrested for trespassing if you do not comply)."

- You enter private property to interrupt business. The owners called the police, and you say that it was wrong for the police to come. You should have said so beforehand. If the police won't come, the owners may take the matter into their own hands. When that time comes, please make sure that you don't call the police to come and protect you!

- The organizers file an application with the police. The police did not object to a march through the streets of Tuen Mun. However, the filing did not indicate that the procession would head inside an enclosed shopping mall. When the demonstrators entered the mall, the assembly became unlawful. What do you think the relevant law enforcement agency should do? This is a rhetorical question to which the correct answer is always: They should always support freedom, democracy, human rights, universal suffrage and rule of law. Mom, apple pie and baseball too.

- "It was safe to walk around Trend Mall in Tuen Mun" needs to be amended as follows: "It was safe to walk around Trend Plaza in Tuen Mun to harass shoppers and prevent shopkeepers from conducting business."

- The policeman told Richard Scotford: "Go here." That is grammatically wrong because it should have been "Go there." This shows that all Hong Kong police officers are poorly educated IVE (Institute of Vocational Education) trash. Meanwhile those arrested Civic Passion are reporting upper-class occupations such as welfare recipients, waiters, apprentices or (most frequently) unemployed/unemployable.

- Safe to walk around? How can any demonstration march organized by the Hot Dogs (=Civic Passion) be safe? This is a self-contradiction!

- Is a demonstration march so important that (1) the police have to disappear; (2) all the shops have to be shuttered; (3) six vehicular traffic lanes have to be closed for seven days; (4) all newspapers have to give four pages of full coverage and only report the organizer's crowd size estimate? There is a limit as to how much the people of Hong Kong will put up with!

- The arrests were made near the top of a long escalator. Why don't you tell me whether it was safe to have a physical confrontation at that location? People tumbling down the escalators? People crashing through the glass wall down several storeys? Of course, when that happens, it is the police's fault.

- It was safe for the reporter to walk around the women's restroom. Then the police came, tried to make him leave and turned the women's restroom into a shit show.
It was safe for the reporter to walk his dog. Then the police came, tried to make him clean up the dog pooh and turned the street into a shit show.
It was safe for the reporter to walk around Baghdad. Then the American stealth jets came to put on a shock-and-awe show and turned Iraq into a shit show.
It was safe for the reporter to walk around ... you can fill in whatever story that your imagination can conjure up ...

- This Richard guy is just like that female American photojournalist who jumped on the car hood in Mong Kok to take pictures. For them, it is news first, rumor mongering second, rule of law third.

Reference (Stand News) Richard Scotford

(Apple Daily) "Big Mouth Ling" interviews Cary (Tuen Mun resident)

689, do you know how the daily lives of the people of Tuen Mun are being affected by parallel traders? Do you know how severe the problem is?

As the problem of parallel traders grew worse, there was a thousand-person demonstration in Tuen Mun recently. The demonstrators took the action to arouse public attention to the problem of parallel traders. We interviewed Cary, who has lived in Tuen Mun since he was young.

Cary pointed out that apart from congestion, the Tuen Mun residents' biggest problem is traffic.

Because the Tuen Mun residents use the Light Rail as the principal means of transportation, the influx of more luggage-carrying parallel traders have caused the Light Rail to be more congested, with many people having been knock down by luggage cases.

Because the Light Rail is so congested, Tuen Mun residents usually have to wait two to three trains before they can get on. Therefore, they are often late for their appointments.

Cary said that a number of Tuen Mun residents are accustomed to using taxis instead of the Light Rail, especially those parents taking their children to school or picking them up after school. For the sake of the safety of their children, the parents are willing to pay more. But Cary said that the taxi fare is usually only about 30 dollars within Tuen Mun.

Internet comments:

- Let me get the facts right first:
(A) School children leave for school between 7am and 8am.
(B) Wellcome and other supermarkets open at 8am.
(C) Mannings and other pharmacies open at 9am.
How in the world are you going to get hundreds of parallel traders taking the MTR Light Rail on the way to school?

- At that hour, you are more likely to be run over by primary school children carrying their school bags than parallel traders. The parallel traders can be taking the B3X bus. Why would they be taking the MTR Light Rail?

- Where does the Light Rail run? It runs within Tuen Mun/Tin Shui Wai. It does not go anywhere near the border. Why are parallel traders taking the MTR Light Rail at 7am? Where do they come from? Where are they going to?

- When I was young, I walked to school because the buses were always full. Nowadays kids are spoiled and take taxis because the MTR Light Rail is crowded.

- The MTR Light Rail has been congested for the longest time. The fact is that Tuen Mun is a satellite town of almost 500,000 residents. The MTR Light Rail has a daily ridership of almost 500,000. There is a train in intervals of 4 to 9 minutes. Of course, it is going to get crowded.

- This bloke Cary in the orange shirt claims that he is a Tuen Mun resident. But the videos were taken in Tin Shui Wai and did not show any parallel traders. Does this Cary even know the difference between Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai? And he could not name which station has a lot of parallel traders at which hours. This Cary guy must be a Civic Passion member pretending to be a Tuen Mun resident.

- More likely, the students are habitually late for school. Therefore, the Light Rail congestion due to parallel traders is offered as the excuse.

- I live in Shenzhen and I work in Hong Kong. Therefore I cross the border every morning to go to work. All I see are other people going to work and school children going to school. I never see any parallel traders at that hour.

- During the 79 days of the Occupy Revolution, cars, buses and taxis could not go through Admiralty. Therefore, many people took the MTR to and from work. It was normal for five or six trains to pass before you can get on. Most people get up earlier in the morning and arrive home later in the evening. If you complained about the additional commute time, the Yellow Ribbons said that you were being selfish. So to the people waiting for the MTR Light Rail in Tuen Mun, suck on it!

- I take the MTR from Quarry Bay to Admiralty every morning. It is normal for three to four trains to pass before I can get on. It must be because of those goddamned parallel traders, as there cannot be any other explanation.

- Someone just wrote: "It is normal in China to have to wait two to three trains. But this is Hong Kong. This should not be happening." Well, I take the minibus at Metro Plaza (Kwai Fong district) every morning to go to work. It is typical to have to wait for three buses to fill up before I can get on. Sometimes, it could be as many as five to six buses. So am I living in China now?

(YouTube)

0:02 (Chairman Tam Yiu-chung) Eh, Ms. Tiffany Chin Sze-man.

0:03 (Chin) Thank you, Chairman. Although the Occupy Movement has temporarily stopped, it does not mean that the Umbrella Movement has ended. The Umbrella Movement broke out because the problems with the political system in Hong Kong and because the police fired tear gas canisters. To this day, the problems with the political system are still not resolved. Not resolved. Not resolved. We are not talking about opening Civic Plaza or getting someone to resign. The problems originated from within the system.

We are talking about civil nomination. As  long as we don't have civil nomination, the authorities such as yourself and the large financial interest groups will continue to monopolize. It is very boring to talk about this stuff, because it has looped for more than a decade. But it has to be continued to be discussed until the problems are resolved.

I will talk also about the problem with the police. The police is supposed to be politically neutral. Why can the police wear blue ribbons to work? Why can the police beat people without any justification? Why haven't the seven policemen been prosecuted yet?

The problem about the political system is not a communication problem between this generation and the previous generation. Very simple. Civil nomination. One person, one vote. Very fair, very democratic. Simple and straightforward. All this stuff about gradualism and pragmatism. An equal system of nomination is the most practical.

If there is an adjective for you pro-establishment people, saying "Pok-gai" is not enough.

1:10 (Chairman) You used foul language again.

1:12 (Chin) When the evil cops beat the citizen, you keep quiet. When the government runs a black-box operation, you keep quiet. What you like most is to be selective and oppress the common citizens. This chairman is going to tell me to pay attention to what I say and how I act. But I can go back to my true self and even if I use foul language, I am still better than you beasts wearing human clothes and you animals with human faces. You say one thing and you do something else. You only know how to suck up to the Communists.

According to the discussion between the government and the Federation of Students on October 21 last year, it was said that Lau Kong-wah's speech was leaked. Maybe you want to open your mouth and let the mold grow. I want to give you an opportunity and I will add to what I just said with (in English): "I agree with you."

I still have a little time. I want to sing a song for Lau Kong-wah and 689 (nickname for Chief Executive CY Leung). "689. You are too fucking stupid. Let me say out that if you want to eat shit ...

(Chairman) Please do not use foul language ...

Internet comments:

- The Chairman Tam Yiu-chung was extremely disrespectful. All the girl did was to use some mild language (equivalent to saying "Eat Shit" or "Drop Dead" in English). The chairman should not be interrupting someone in the middle of a speech. Simply awful.

- "Pok-gai" is not really obscene language. You go down to the wet market and you hear women say a lot more worse things that this. What is the fuss?

- (Speakout HK)

Everybody has the right to express dissatisfaction against those who hold different opinion on constitutional reform, especially towards HKSAR Chief Executive CY Leung. There are many ways of expression. Nowadays, the young people in the front lines of social movements like to use obscene language to express their dissatisfaction ...

Obscene language does not necessarily cause harm to other people. Plenty of discussants have covered this topic, and I don't intend to delve into this any further ...

But during the past period, we can see that such behaviors cannot change anyone or anything in a positive direction. On the contrary, it breaks down communication and mutual trust, and ensures that social divisions are deepened. It can be said to have every disadvantage and no advantage whatsoever. Shouldn't we be concerned when young individuals prefer this manner of expression?

- What is the purpose of this session at the Legislative Council? It is to let people have their say on constitutional reform in public. If you believe that the world is divided into mutually exclusive pro-democracy and pro-establishment camps, that you are in the pro-democracy camp and that you are addressing the pro-establishment camp as represented by Tam Yiu-chung and Lau Kong-wah, then what good does it serve to say "To call you guys Pok-gai is not going far enough"? You have merely made sure that there can be never be exchange or trust. The only thing that this does is to make yourself feel good and important. You said some clever words, you drew media attention and then ... nothing. Whatever you want to achieve isn't an inch closer. Why do you do this? You don't reflect on what you need to do. You seek instead your next media-moment to repeat the same. Except your act gets tiresome eventually.

- In the five-step constitutional reform process, we are presently in the second round of consultation in preparation for the Legislative Council to vote on the proposed package. There are 70 seats in the Legislative Council. Two-thirds (=47 votes) is required to pass the law. The pan-democrats hold 27 seats and they have averred that they will veto the proposal. The government needs to pry loose 4 votes to pass the law. This is where we are.
Scholarism says that they want civil nomination of the Chief Executive candidates. That is to say, anyone who gathers a sufficient number of petition signatures from registered voters will be able to become a candidate.
According to Article 45 of the Basic Law, "The method for selecting the Chief Executive shall be specified in the light of the actual situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress. The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures." If you want civil nomination instead of a "broadly representative nominating committee", then the Basic Law has to be amended.
Guess what? Amending the Basic Law requires the concurrence of the Chief Executive, the National People's Congress Standing Committee and two-thirds of the Legislative Council. How do you get these people to concur?
You have been calling the Chief Executive a "wolf", you refuse to call him by his name and you will only say "689", and you have said that his resignation is required for any negotiations with the government. Why would he concur?
You have been calling for the overthrow of one-party rule by the evil Communists? You advocate Hong Kong independence. Why would the National People's Congress Standing Committee concur with your demands?
You have been calling the pro-establishment camp of the Legislative Council worse than "Pok-gai". It so happens that they hold 47 out of 70 votes, and only 24 votes are needed for a veto. Why would they concur?
Since you can't deal with any of these three parties, and you can't do anything to affect them directly, you decided on the Occupy Movement: You will hold the people of Hong Kong hostage and make these three parties bend to your will. Except they refused to move. What is left in your toolkit now? More Occupy? More obscene cursing on television? Reaching out to the local communities and preaching the democracy gospel?

- The speech is typical incoherence from Scholarism people. There are so many unproven assertions. For example, she said: "As long as don't have civil nomination, the authorities such as yourself and the large financial interest groups will continue to monopolize." Where is the evidence for the converse: "If we have civil nomination, then the authorities such as yourself and the large financial groups won't be able to monopolize."? First of all, civil nomination does not exist in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Australia, etc. The most powerful country in which civil nomination exists is Russia, which is a kleptocracy run by oligarchs. The reason is that civil nomination gave the cover of legitimacy for those who have the overwhelming power to guarantee that the elections will work in their favor. A poor righteous guy will never defeat the dark sinister guy backed by the financial might of the oligarchs. If they win the election through the most universal of universal suffrage, then they can do anything that they want afterwards. Why would we want that to happen in Hong Kong?

(Apple Daily) Interview with Tiffany Chin Sze-man.

- Tiffany Chin grew up in Shatin. She has lived there for more than a decade and felt that the district was being vexed by mainland individual tourists. She said that she had to queue up to buy lipstick: "I went to Mannings to buy lipstick. I had to stay in line for one hour. Isn't that too much?"

Internet comments:

- She stood in line for one hour. That line must have been long enough to wrap five times around the building. It is one thing to exaggerate a little bit, but this is beyond all reasonable bounds. Hong Kong students are very good at lying, and they are also very good at lying too. I don't know what else they are good at.
P.S. Of course, the line couldn't go out of the store because the alarm bells would ring when someone takes the goods outside the store without paying.
P.P.S. So if the line was inside the store and let's say there were 30 people. If it takes 4 cashiers to handle 30 people in 60 minutes, Mannings might as well as close up shop because they won't be able to cover rent and wages.

- Of course it is possible that this happened. Mannings opens at 9am, and she shows up at 8am. Therefore she stood on line for one hour. This is a very straightforward as well as the most reasonable explanation.

- 信你一成,雙目失明 Famous Cantonese saying: "If I believe you 10%, my eyes will go blind."

- She stood in line for one hour and she is whining like crazy about the wasted time. But she blocked the streets for 79 days and how much time did millions of people waste as a result? Many people spent more than one hour extra each day on commuting. Who's got the bigger complaint here?

- There is always a long queue outside the (in)famous Australia Dairy Company restaurant every day. But it looks like those waiting are all Hongkongers because mainlanders fail to see the value of poor food and lousy service. On one hand, this is bad because queuing is a waste of time. On the other hand, it is good because it means the Communists have not taken full control yet. What gives?

- The last time I visited Hinsho Yokohama Ramen in Jordan district, they made me wait outside for one hour. This is bad on two counts. Firstly, queuing is a waste of time. Secondly, Japanese militarism is evil. But why do I keep going back?

- She was stupid. Here is what she should have done: First she locates the lipstick that she wants to buy. Next she opens out a yellow umbrella. Then the store manager will rush over, open an express lane to complete the transaction and send her on her way. It works almost every time, except on those occasions when the store manager throws everybody out and lowers the gate.

- Her first mistake was to stand in line for one hour without figuring out that the right thing to do was to bolt and wait for another time and place. Her second mistake was to blame the Communists for wasting her time instead of her own self. But Yellow Ribbons never learn from their mistakes.

- Tiffany Chin stood in line for one hour along with the mainland individual tourists. Given the legendary uncivilized nature of these others, there would have been a mass riot already.

- Why did she patronize Mannings? She is the one who said that she opposed the monopolistic power of the big financial interest groups. Mannings is owned by Dairy Farm International Holdings which is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, which also owns/operates the Wellcome supermarkets, Maxim's Catering restaurant, 7-Eleven convenience stores, IKEA home furnishing stores, Jardine Motors (including Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai), Hong Kong Land, Mandarin Oriental Hotel and others. She should be patronizing friendly independent neighborhood stores.

- If the mainlanders ignore queuing and jump the line, she complains that they are uneducated and uncivilized. Now they learn to queue up like other Hongkongers, she complains that they are wasting her time. So the only way to please her is to make them disappear altogether -- that is, no mainland tourists allowed in Hong Kong! Then she is going to complain why half the stores in New Town Plaza are shuttered and she wants 689 to resign for making that happen.

- At Ocean Park and Disneyland, some of the better rides have waiting times of two hours or more. Obviously the problem arose from the mainland tourists. If they are not allowed in, Hongkongers shall have instant access with zero waiting time. Of course, Ocean Park and Disneyland will go out of business, for which 689 will have to resign for allowing it to happen under his watch.

- So Tiffany Chin's greatest concern about Hong Kong being taken over by the Communists is the long lines?

- She keeps referring to the Communists taking control of Hong Kong. [赤化 means "turn to red."] This seems very arbitrary to me.
Here are the things that she apparently feel are the effects of the Communist takeover:
- She has to stay in line for one hour to buy lipstick
- She can't say "Pok-gai" in making a statement at the Legislative Council
There are plenty of other things Hongkongers don't mind working with the Communists or taking advantage of them:
- Drink the water from Dongjiang River
- Use the electricity generated from the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant
- Use red lipsticks (and I don't see anyone using yellow lipsticks)
- Buy an iPhone6 in Hong Kong and sell it in Shenzhen for profit
- Download unlimited mp3 music and Korean drama shows from mainland bittorrent websites
- Use Taobao to search for and buy products
- ...

- Has Mannings been taken over by the Communists? Where is the evidence? Do you see Chairman Mao portraits on the wall? Hammer-and-sickle banners hanging down from the ceiling? Three Rules of Discipline and Eight Points of Attention music on the broadcasting system?

- Queuing up? Check Google Image search on Post Office Queue, okay? Get used to it. It happens everywhere in democratic countries around the world. Or read this story about getting an ID at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

- Is Tiffany Chin Sze-man the chick who secretly ate a McDonald's burger while on hunger strike?

- If the building of the nation of the Hong Kong City-State requires young noble democratic people, then we are screwed if all we have is Tiffany Chin and her boyfriend Joshua Wong.

Here are some of the considerations:

- Ideally we should be attacking multiple districts on the same day because the 'locusts' are everywhere -- the Umbrella Revolution occupied three districts. But then we don't want to have too few people show up.

- Yuen Long has the first wholesale infant formula market designed to meet mainland needs. If we don't stop them, Yuen Long will become just like Yiwu in China.

- If we can occupy Yuen Long, it will be a huge awakening for the Yellow Ribbons.

- New Town Plaza in Shatin has the highest number of mainland 'locusts'.

- Shatin is one big shopping mall with lots of entrances/exits to make escape.

- The pedestrian walkways in Yuen Long are narrow, but there are lots of 'locusts' around especially down near Wing Wah on Yuen Long Main Road. But if we spill into the streets and block vehicular traffic, it will give the police the excuse for clearance.

- Someone is going to say to stay away from Yuen Long because there are many triad people there. DLLM! We've already seen it all in Mong Kok so what do we have to fear?  We are valiant and we shall defeat the triads in a resounding victory!

- During Occupy Central, some guys tried to set up a street booth in Yuen Long but they were immediately chased away by some New Territories gentlemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYoY-nOExqo There are too many of these uneducated country bumpkins in Yuen Long. They don't understand what is good for them.

- I think we should do Shatin for training (confession: I am playing Battlefield 4 right now), because Yuen Long will be more fun and exciting. I promise I will lead the way for the Valiant Ones.

- I vote for Shatin. The battlefield is a lot larger and there are many more 'locust' targets. So it is the final Big Boss level. Anything else will be an anti-climax.

There is an Occupy Shatin Facebook page with the details being worked out:

- Event: 3pm - 6pm, Sunday February 15, 2015. Assemble at Shatin East Rail Station Exit B.

- The slogan shall be "Reclaim Shatin, Defend our Homeland, Eliminate multiple-entry visas."

- Target locations: Wai Wah Centre (four dispensaries are there); Shatin Centre (PrizeMart); the East Rail station (where mainlanders and parallel traders take the train); Shatin Plaza (three to four dispensaries plus Mannings and Watsons); UNIQLO (clothing); Sasa (cosmetics); Yata supermarket.

- Please remember to bring helmets, goggles, surgical masks, bottles of water, thick clothing. Also memorize the telephone numbers of the volunteer lawyers and your school/company.

- As of Tuesday, more than 700 people have pledged to show up at this event. At this rate, we will have at least 10,000 demonstrators on Sunday and we will completely paralyze Shatin!

- Someone claims to have reported this Facebook page to the police. Well, we haven't done anything unlawful and we don't intend to either. It is perfectly legal for us to enter by the hundreds into these stores and shop. Shatin is a big place. It will take a lot of time to visit all these stores.

- This week, it will be New Town Plaza. Over the next few weeks, we will target Moko (formerly Grand Century Plaza) in Mong Kok, Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay, Hollywood Plaza in Diamond Hill, Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong, APM in Kwun Tong, Times Square in Causeway Bay, Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and Pacific Place in Admiralty. These malls are frequented by mainlanders. We will show up and stop business every Sunday between 3pm and 6pm until as such time when the multiple-entry visas for mainlanders are eliminated. Then Hong Kong will be free and democratic.

-To the anti-locust warriors, be careful about the New York Times reporters. As you can see, when they pick the photos of the demonstrators, they want to create the image of the demonstrators as being vicious and nasty. They won't post any photos of the police raising the red banner and using pepper spray, or how the parallel traders are affecting the lives of local residents. In the article, the New York Times reporter said that the demonstrators "claimed" that parallel traders are affecting people's livelihoods. They also paid special attention to the demonstrators calling the parallel traders locusts.

- (Update on Thursday) The Facebook page administrator has deleted the page, because of the warning that he/she may be charged for inciting an unlawful assembly and using a computer with dishonest intent.

(SCMP) Tuen Mun protest against parallel traders ends with arrests and pepper spray. February 8, 2015.

Tensions ran high in Tuen Mun this afternoon as a protest attended by hundreds against the impact of parallel goods trading on the community ended with chaotic scenes, arrests and pepper spray.

From the Tuen Mun light rail station protesters marched to the notorious B3X bus stop down the road, where they shouted "go back to mainland China" and "give us back Tuen Mun" at passengers. Citybus HK$11 express B3X route runs from Tuen Mun Town Centre to Shenzhen Bay Port and is known to be used heavily by parallel traders and mainland visitors on individual visits. "Every time I walk home I cant get by because I am blocked by a horde of [mainlanders] with luggages on the pavement," said one Tuen Mun resident who went by the name of "Chris".

One of those leading the march was Civic Passions Cheng Chung-tai, which called the buses "private coaches for parallel traders" and urged protesters help Citybus employees clamp down harder on the practice. "Tuen Mun residents, counting on the authorities ... will no longer work. You must take charge of your own district," he said.

The jeering and taunting were met with mixed responses from some parallel traders. Some took photos of the protest with their phones and laughed. A few even threw up their middle fingers at the protesters as their buses went by.

From the bus stop the protesters marched to Yan Ching Street, an area full of dispensaries and gold shops, where they demonstrated against the impact of parallel trading on the local livelihood. Some shops had to shut their gates, and the situation became even rowdier as protesters began irking residents and shop owners in the area.

Eventually, the crowd moved to nearby malls for "gau wu" style protests. Gau Wu is a Cantonese transliteration of Putonghua's "gou wu", which means "to shop", and became a popular protest phrase after a mainlander at an early anti-Occupy rally told a reporter that she was there to shop.

One scuffle between a couple and a group of protesters at Tuen Mun Town Plaza turned into a shoving match, which eventually led to police officers launching a volley of pepper spray into the crowd. Batons were pulled out and a red warning flag was raised outside the entrance of the mall warning protesters to leave the area.

By nightfall, shops at nearby Trend Plaza were forced to shut as protesters took over nearly half of the mall. Batons and more pepper spray were deployed as clashes broke out between protesters and police. Injuries were sustained on both sides and multiple arrests were made.

"Yes, it was chaotic but I think it was very successful as we really got the message out to the parallel traders," said Andy Yung Wai-yib, holding a colonial-era flag. Yung is better known as "Captain America" for his role in last years 79-day Occupy movement.

This is not what you think it is. There is a sub-text running underneath about the clash of radical factions. The lead group appears to be "Tuen Mun People Tuen Mun Affairs." The announcements were made via Facebook (as recorded at memehk.com):


Tuen Mun is completely unrecognizable today
B3X bus locusts have disturbed the peace in Tuen Mun
The new market has become pharmacy city for the convenience of parallel traders
Tuen Mun Park taken over by prostitutes
Parallel traders showing up in Tai Hing Estates
Tuen Mun Centre filled with luggage-lugging people
Action to oppose parallel traders invading Tuen Mun
February 2nd, 3pm
Assemble underneath the Tuen Mun Light Rail Station


Tuen Mun People Tuen Mun Affairs
Joint "valiant action" on February 8th
The following organizations have announced that they will attend (this action is organized by netizens and residents -- there are no organizers): Civic Passion, Hong Kong Indigenous, North District Parallel Imports Concern Group,  Population Policy Concern Group
...
Participants can bring their own "Yellow umbrellas, surgical masks, V-masks, demonstration banners, flags."
In addition, someone has promised to make an application to the police on our behalf. But the police will drag you to a dark corner and beat you up whether an application was filed or not. When you come out to attend a resistance action,  you must be psychologically prepared to be arrested. By this time, what is there to fear?
(We deeply apologize if we cause any convenience to local residents)


Action map:
1: Assemble underneath Tuen Mun station brirdge
2. B3X bus stop
3. Parallel traders at pharmacies
4. "Brain Fever" Pharmacy
5. V City
6. Mai Kei Industrial Building

Now what must be puzzling is the listing of the "Brain Fever" Pharmacy. Why is it a resistance landmark in Tuen Mun? It turns out that the majority owner of the pharmacy is Stephen Siu, who is the "Brain" behind the radical People's Power political party. Specifically, Civic Passion believed that Stephen Siu's Memehk website fingered their member "The French Guy" to the police as the person who illegally entered the Legislative Council (see link). So the subtext is that it is a fight between radical political parties Civic Passion and People's Power. If you think that you came out to support the Tuen Mun people to reclaim their homeland from mainland locusts, then you are wrong. You were tricked to serve as pawns for Civic Passion to attack People's Power.

The devil Stephen Siu fingering the warrior of justice (The French Guy) to the blind policeman on November 25, 2014.


The overhead banner of the pharmacy has photos of Stephen Siu and celebrities (such as Erica Yuen, chairwoman of People's Power), actor Kent Cheng Jak-si), etc).


Hong Kong Indigenous: We will be distributing surgical masks at 2pm. See you later!


Slogan: "I am a Hongkonger" with British Dragon/Lion flag in background


First stop: B3X bus stop


Next stop: Stephen Siu's pharmacy ( https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1079091575451106&set=vb.160696287290644&type=2&theater ) with people chanting "I want to buy surgical masks" and "Stephen Siu, go to hell for serving RMB (=the people's currency)!"


Slogan: "Stephen Siu, pharmaceutical drug salesman"


Stephen Siu's pharmacy lowered its gate.


Jewellery stores also lowered their gates.


30 minutes after the demonstrators moved on, Stephen Siu's pharmacy raised the gates and resumed business as usual.


Civic Passion's The French Guy leads the crowd to chant "Down with the Communist Party!" Is that the focus of this demonstration march? If that is the purpose, then these people should be shouting in front of the China Liaison Office or the People's Liberation Army barracks, not at some Tuen Mun pharmacy.


17:18pm The Tuen Mun Town Plaza. Police raise red warning banner


Blood is flowing everywhere in the mall! (Note: later determined to be red dye)

Video links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpFSj3u05zM (dbc)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEXCEn-RjrQ (dbc)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R83fTnffPkQ (dbc)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-2cWKPU5Uk (dhkchannel) Trend Plaza action. Good action video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a_MRuZSZe0 (Hei Kwok) Demonstrators delight on scaring female mainland traveler. Yet another victory for democracy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VktmmdelM4 (Jin Wong)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jPu-S03mTc (Diary of Hong Kong Revolution) Slogan chanting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3pkbRB-Cb0 (Diary of Hong Kong Revolution) Slogan chanting outside a pharmacy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4Wn03gsw4M (Diary of Hong Kong Revolution) Slogan outside another pharmacy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_qms5fBKTo (Diary of Hong Kong Revolution) Slogan chanting outside Stephen Siu's pharmacy. The demonstrators want to charge inside the store to make purchases.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlSIIE75hXs (Diary of Hong Kong Revolution) Challenges from other citizens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CRqkrdruCQ (SocREC) Trend Plaza. Pepper spray. Injured policeman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi0iILhUrG8 (SocREC) Trend Plaza. Pepper spray.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdka6t2pQr8 (SocREC) Trend Plaza. Pepper spray.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-NmDR0pH1s (yanchi918)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6btLPL5q8Y&feature=youtu.be
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=851305224932646 (Passion Times) Pepper spray used by police without warning at 04:55.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J258GAxZHro  (ZEROONE 01) Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VleabsJBjE (ZEROONE 01) Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWDK_fpWhp8 (ZEROONE 01) Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr9SIKjfaFI (ZEROONE 01) Part 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RRu17XmJfw (ZEROONE 01) Part 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btQS32Vs8lE (ZEROONE 01) Part 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzdDZiaVXzw (ZEROONE 01) Part 7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAdYe_OGx4A (ZEROONE 01) Part 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si4vC5NVjuc (ZEROONE 01) Part 9

Internet comments:

- Previously, they attempted to set off fires in Sheung Shui. Today, they announced the action publicly beforehand. So they are not going to do anything that breaks the law. They will go and chant some slogans, take some photos and feel good about themselves.

- (Discuss.com.hk) Yesterday the demonstration against parallel traders evolved into an occupation of a shopping mall. The radical organizations Civic Passion and Hong Kong Indigenous incited violence. They called 350 persons together to "intercept" parallel traders in Tuen Mun, but they blocked the roads, stopped shops from doing business and charged into the shopping mall. Some shops lowered their gates quickly. In the evening, about 150 demonstrators charged into Trend Plaza, surrounded a shop that sold Lunar New Year goods and cast verbal abuse against tourists. They pushed a police officer down on the ground and then more than a dozen rioters kicked him in the head. Civic Passion and other radical elements clearly used the excuse of a demonstration against parallel traders to conduct an Occupy incident to ruin business and people's livelihood. They pretend as if they care about people's livelihood but they are actually carrying out a mutated version of the Occupy Movement. Citizens need to be aware.- People make economic arguments for having individual mainland tourists. The mainlander shopping supports the local retail trade. If the individual mainland tourists can't come, the retail workers can switch jobs. They have low education and poor skills, but they can always work in supermarkets for the same wage levels. What is the problem? Even if there aren't even supermarket jobs, they can always go on welfare. So these people should STFU.

- Stop mainlanders from entering Hong Kong? The first ones to support this will be the current parallel traders. They are mostly Hongkongers and they would for love you to eliminate their competition for them.

- I wonder how many of the participants today are actually Tuen Mun residents. Why would Tuen Mun residents raise the flags of Civic Passion and Hong Kong Indigenous instead of their own local organizations on their home turf? Do the demonstrators know where the line of demarcation between the old and new Tuen Mun markets is? Where is the location of the But San School? In which Tai Hing Estates building is the Choi Yuk Restaurant?

- I looked carefully at the photo of Mr. Siu's pharmacy. They are selling regular daily stuff (such as laundry detergent, cleaners, facial tissues, hair shampoo/conditioners etc). This is not one of those Lockhart Road pharmacies with LED lighting and ceramic tiles selling New Zealand infant formula and Korean facial masks. Why do the people of Tuen Mun want it closed? It is there to serve them.

- They chanted slogan in front of Stephen Siu's pharmacy but they completely ignored the other pharmacies which are dedicated to serving the parallel traders. How else to think about the ulterior motive of the whole action?

- I fully support of occupation of Stephen Siu's pharmacy. He was a pro-democracy stalwart but he is now making critical statements about the Occupy Movement. People like that should be made to suffer for their perfidy.

- I can understand why people want to target pharmacies/dispensaries. I can understand why they want to blockade the Bank of China, even though it is closed on Sundays. I can even understand why they want to harass PrizeMart, which has been in business for many decades and a favorite discount shopping place for price-conscious Hong Kong citizens. But I don't see why they are blockading the Saint Honore Cake shop in Tuen Mun Town Plaza. How do you parallel trade in bread loaves and egg custards?

- Since physical action is involved, I expect Civic Passion leader Wong Yeung-tat to take his usual vacation in Taiwan.

- Oh, I see that they splash red paint in the shopping mall to intimidate the shopkeepers, and they set off a fire outside the Tuen Mun Town Hall. They are behaving just like triad gangs. See, for example, (Forbes)  "On July 4, 16 stores in the CSL New World cellular chain were sprayed with red paint in the wee hours of the morning, a typical warning sign from Hong Kong criminal syndicates, known as triads, against targeted victims. At about the same time, a sedan rammed into the front door of New World's Renaissance Hotel in the tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon."

- I'm a longtime resident of Tuen Mun. Prior to today, I have never heard of the Reclaim Tuen Mun project. What is this Tuen Mun For Its People thing? Nobody consulted me. I have never heard of Civic Passion or Hong Kong Indigenous. Why are they representing Tuen Mun today?

- I can't believe that a newspaper editorial is saying that the police caused all this when they refused to enforce the law. When parallel traders pick up their wares and block the roads, the police should issue summons to them, or even arrest them if they show sass. Well, well, well. For 79 days, there were a lot of people blocking the roads. Did the newspaper editorial writer demand the police to issue summons, or even arrest the offenders. No. That's called double standards. That's rule-of-man and not rule-of-law.

- I just went down to watch the battle live. These people want the mainlanders to be patriotic and buy only mainland products. Well, I am loyal to Hong Kong and I only take the Hong Kong MTR to work. These wastrels think the whole thing is a music concert. They shriek at anything. As they say on the RTHK programme "Gimme Five," this is making something out of nothing and utterly lacking in creativity.

- I am a Tuen Mun resident. Today, I became the star of a Tuen Mun Concern Facebook group. I went out shopping this morning with a cart in tow. As a result, I was cursed out as a mainland parallel trader in very foul language! Yes, I was that fat guy who was going to buy laundry detergent powder. Don't I have the right to curse those fuckers back!?

- If Tuen Man People Tuen Mun Affairs runs a regular weekly "Beat the Parallel Traders/Mainlanders Up" action, then all it means that the parallel traders and mainlanders will go to Yuen Long or Tai Po instead. Then it is time to form Yuen Long People Yuen Long Affairs and Tai Po People Tai Po Affairs groups. Meanwhile Tuen Mun will be turned back into a lifeless city as before with a half-deserted mall with one KFC and several electronic game centers.

- The police used pepper spray without warning in an enclosed space. This is exactly what you expect from a bunch of poorly educated IVE (Institute of Vocational Education) losers who can't read the English-language instructions on the pepper spray can.

- Last week, arson took place in Sheung Shui. This week, arson took place in Tuen Mun while the demonstration was going on. (Oriental Daily) At about 7pm, construction materials for a women's rest room under repair in the Tuen Mun Town Hall suddenly caught fire right after a garbage can caught fire. Firemen suspected arson and turned the case over to the police for investigation. The fire next time?

- Last week, it was Sheung Shui district. This week, it was Tuen Mun district. We will be making the grand tour and make sure to spare none of the 18 districts! We'll see you somewhere next week!

- Yet another Civic Passion "Hot Dog" farce. This was supposed to be an action against parallel traders. Instead, it became harassing Hong Kong shopkeepers and salespersons. Why block the entire Trend Plaza mall and stop business for the entire evening? Do all the mall stores serve only parallel traders and mainland tourists? For Hong Kong businesses, the period before the Lunar New Year is critical because volume usually stops during the New Year. This was Occupy Tuen Mun except the Hot Dogs couldn't hold it for more than a couple of hours.

- Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Occupy Movement has ended in total failure. The Civil Human Rights Front march was sparsely attended. So something must be found to keep the level of discontent up. How about getting people to do something stupid so that the police will clobber them? Great idea! Keep charging, guys! If you get arrested, the others will surround the police station and demand your release, so that more people can get arrested. By this time, getting pepper sprayed and arrested isn't going to lift the Movement up to a higher level. What is needed is the first Martyr Hero of the Revolution. Does anyone want the job?

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qW_QCvjUPQ (Speakout HK)
0:56 (Voice of male Commercial Radio host) We saw some photos from the bus stop today. There was obscene gestures used, obscene words were hurled. Do you think that this method will stop the individual tourists? Or perhaps persuade them ...
1:10 (Ray Wong, Hong Kong Indigenous) Eh ... as for this action, I obviously think that it will not have a big effect on individual tourists and parallel traders.
1:22 (Radio host) So this isn't going to solve the problem? You know that?
1:25 (Ray Wong) I know. But this is what the citizens spontaneously did because they were too angry and that is why they made these obscene gestures, even using obscene language.

- (Shu Online) March 7, 2013. According to the mainland customs department, there are about 20,000 parallel traders of which 60% are Hongkongers. During the present week, about 300 persons had gone between Hong Kong and the mainland more than 4 times in one single day, of which 90% are HongKongers. During the year 2012, 8,000 individuals were prosecuted, half Hongkongers and half mainlanders. The highest record is held by a Hongkonger who went back and forth 26 times in one day.

- I see that the demonstrators have declared victory for the action on Sunday. Let me tally for them:

- 13 people were arrested.

- A number of people were pepper-sprayed by the police.

- 1 policeman was kicked in the head repeatedly, passed out and had to be hospitalized.

- The B3X bus from Tuen Mun to Shenzhen Bay was prevented from leaving for 15 minutes.

- Stephen Siu's pharmacy lowered its gates and stopped conducting business for 30 minutes.

- A number of stores in Trend Plaza lowered their gates and stopped conducting business for about 2 hours. A shopkeeper said that business volume was down 20% for the day.

- A fire was set off to ignite some construction material used to repair a women's restroom outside Tuen Mun Town Hall.

- Next week, the demonstrators will move elsewhere. It will be business as usual in Tuen Mun.

Does this add up to a resounding victory?

Q1. There is the opinion that the proposed constitutional reform places too many restrictions on Chief Executive election candidates and therefore the Legislative Council should not pass this legislation. There is another opinion that even if these restrictions are present, the Legislative Council should pass this legislation so that all the voters of Hong Kong can cast votes to elect a Chief Executive. What is your opinon?
38.1%: Support the first opinion (do not pass this legislation)
49.5%: Support the second opinion (pass this legislation)
4.8%: Support neither opinion
7.0%: Don't know/no opinion
0.7%: Refused to answer

Q2. Suppose the Hong Kong SAR government makes this change: The National People's Congress Standing Committee promises that the Chief Execution election method will be changed after 2017, what would you like the Legislative Council do? [Base: Those who answered "do not pass this legislation" in Q1]
30.2%: Pass the legislation
59.5%: Do not pass the legislation
8.8%: Don't know/no opinion
1.5%: Refused to answer

Q3. Suppose the Hong Kong SAR government makes this change: The group/company votes on the nomination committee will be replaced by individual votes, what would you like the Legislative Council do? [Base: Those who answered "do not pass this legislation" in Q1]
52.1%: Pass the legislation
39.3%: Do not pass the legislation
7.6%: Don't know/no opinion
1.1%: Refused to answer

Q4. Suppose the Hong Kong SAR government makes this change: If no Chief Executive candidate receives more than half the number of votes or more, the election is voided and has to re-start, what would you like the Legislative Council do? [Base: Those who answered "do not pass this legislation" in Q1]
37.3%: Pass the legislation
56.3%: Do not pass the legislation
5.3%: Don't know/no opinion
1.0%: Refused to answer

Q5. There is an opinion: If the constitutional reform proposal of the Hong Kong SAR government is not passed by the Legislative Council, then the old method without universal suffrage will be used in 2017. There is another opinion: If the proposal is not passed, then the constitutional reform process will be re-started to have a more democratic Chief Executive election. What is your opinion?
38.5%: Support the first opinion: Use old method in 2017
44.5%: Support the second opinion: Re-start the constitutional reform process
7.5%: Do not support either opinion
8.6%: Don't know/no opinion
0.9%: Refused to answer

Q6. There is an opinion: If the constitutional reform proposal of the Hong Kong SAR government is not passed, then the 2020 Legislative Council election will use the old method. There is another opinion: If the proposal is not passed, then the constitutional reform process will be re-started to have a more democratic Legislative Council election in 2020. What is your opinion?
30.7%: Support the first opinion: Use old method in 2020
43.6%: Support the second opinion: Re-start the constitutional reform process
8.9%: Do not support either position
15.7%: Don't know/no opinion
1.1%: Refused to answer

Q7. During and after the Occupy Movement last year, did you change your hope on the Legislative Council should pass the legislation? [Base: Those who wanted the Legislative Council to pass the legislation in Q1]
45.3%: Hope more that the Legislative Council will pass the legislation
10.6%: Have no hope about the Legislative Council passing the legislation
35.3%: Did not change my hopes
7.9%: Don't know/no opinion
0.9%: Refused to answer.

Q8. During and after the Occupy Movement last year, did you change your hope on the Legislative Council should refuse to pass the legislative?" [Base: Those who did not want the Legislative Council to pass the legislation in Q1]
55.4%: Hope that the Legislative Council will not pass the legislation
18.6%: Have no hope about the Legislative not passing the legislation
22.5%: Did not change my hopes
3.3%: Don't know/no opinion
0.3%: Refused to answer

Q9. What are the chances of the Legislative Council the constitutional reform proposal from the Hong Kong SAR government on the 2017 Chief Executive election?
17.4%: Very likely
29.2%: Very unlikely
46.3%: Half-half
6.6%: Don't know/no opinion
0.5%: Refused to answer

Q10. There is an opinion: If universal suffrage cannot be achieved for the 2017 Chief Executive election, then Hong Kong will sustain huge losses politically, economically and socially. There is another opinion: Even if universal suffrage is not realized for the 2017 Chief Executive election, business will be as usual in Hong Kong. What is your opinion?
25.9%: Support the first opinion (huge losses)
61.6%: Support the second opinion (business as usual)
7.3%: Do not support either opinion
4.6%: Don't know/no opinion
0.6%: Refused to answer

Q11. Do you approve of the pan-democrats boycotting the second round of consultation on the Chief Executive election method?
26.9%: Approve
60.5%: Disapprove
12.3%: Don't know/no opinion
0.3%: Refused to answer

 Q12. How important is the position on constitutional reform issues for you to decide which Legislative Council candidate to vote for?
33.3%: Very important
34.0%: Important
16.2%: Half-half
7.2%: Unimportant
2.6%: Very unimportant
1.6%: Not applicable (e.g. not a voter, does not intend to vote etc)
4.7%: Don't know/no opinion
0.3%: Refused to answer

Q13. If you prefer a candidate but he holds the opposite preference from you on the Chief Executive voting method, would you vote for him in the next Legislative Council?
57.6%: Yes
30.6%: No
4.0%: Not applicable (e.g. not a voter, does not intend to vote etc)
7.1%: Don't know/no opinion
0.8%: Refused to answer

Internet comments:

- Look at the results for Q1: 38.1% want the Legislative Council to vote down the constitutional reform proposal while 49.5% want them to vote for it. Clearly, the politically correct newspaper headline would be "FEWER THAN HALF OF THE PEOPLE WANT THE LEGCO TO VOTE FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM PROPOSAL!!!"

- On Q5, 44.5% think that the constitutional reform process should be re-started if the the Legislative Council votes down the current proposal. Please read 5-Step Process of Constitutional Development. This is not up to the people of Hong Kong alone to decide. Re-starting means that the National People's Congress Standing Committee will give you the same package again to vote down. The people of Hong Kong does not have any leverage to force the Chinese Communist Party to bend to their wishes. Self-mutilations such as the Occupy Movement have been shown to have no impact.

- Why do any more polling? The pan-democrats have said that they will veto the proposal no matter what the public opinion is. In matters of great right and wrong, public opinion doesn't matter to them at all.

- Q10 says that business will be as usual after the vote. So who cares anyway?

- On one hand, the Communists offers a proposal. But their interest is actually not passing that legislation which is an improvement on the existing system in terms of democratic ingredients. Instead they want to keep the old system which will remain if the Legislative Council does not pass the proposal.
On the other hand, the pro-democracy activists want a better proposal and they threaten to veto the current proposal in the Legislative Council. But their threat is exactly what the Communists want to see happen.
So we all see where this is heading to, don't we? Why do any more polling? It won't matter, because the everybody in the Legislative Council have the same intentions (to vote down the current proposal) even if their motives are vastly different.
In the end, the pro-establishment legislators will vote for the proposal as if they really want it, while the pro-democracy legislators will vote against it as if they really don't want it.

(Oriental Daily) February 6, 2015.

This afternoon, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council continued the debate on the funding application for the Innovation and Technology Bureau. Pro-democracy legislators took turns to introduce motions for adjournment and deliver speeches in order to drag on the proceedings. Even Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho got bored with the incessant filibustering. So he started to nap in his seat. After more than ten minutes, he suddenly snapped out of it and continued to browse the web.

Internet comments:

- (Wikipedia) Albert Ho was with the original Legislative Council from October 1995 to June 1997. Then he was part of the new Legislative Council as a representative from New Territories West after the handover of Hong Kong from July 1998 to September 2012. He has now been part of the Legislative Council as a representative from District Council (Second) from October 2012. After twenty years of listening to the constant drivel, he is entitled to an occasional nap, right?

- Albert Ho is due to resign in April 2015 for the purpose of triggering a de facto referendum through the by-election for his replacement. He is a dead man walking. So why should he give a flying rat's ass about what happens from now on? Give him a break!

- This is totally unfair. Some pro-establishment legislators drool even more than Albert Ho during work hours!

- In the above picture, he looks like he is dozing off. But could he be actually browsing his favorite adult video site, as eternally preserved in this previously recorded Legco picture?

- The pan-democrats insist that CY Leung must resign for doing such a bad job as Chief Executive.Here we have pan-democrat Albert Ho, watching naughty photos and napping in legislative sessions. Did CY Leung go this far?

(Oriental Daily) February 6, 2015.

In November 2014, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that legislators Albert Ho and Leung Kwok-hung should pay the legal fees incurred by Chief Executive CY Leung after their election petition and judicial review were disallowed. Today, the fee was assessed to be $400,000 in the Court of Final Appeal. Together with the original lawsuit and the appeal fees of $1,800,000, the grand total to be paid by Ho and Leung is $2,200,000.

Leung says that he has only just more than $200,000. He is unsure whether he will have to file for personal bankruptcy. But he believes that the people of Hong Kong will help him out. He said that he chose to file an judicial review to challenge the election system, because there wasn't much that the Legislative Council itself could do.

Meanwhile Albert Ho said that he has not decided on how to share the costs with Leung. But he said that the fees will have to be paid because they lost their case. He will see if other people are willing to donate money.

Internet comments:

- The entire case was absurd anyway. Why would a court make a ruling on an election outcome without an egregious mistake (and there wasn't a provable one)? This would politicize the judiciary and destroy the separation of powers. And those two had Martin Lee as their lawyer?

- Easily solved. Dial Jimmy Lai's number. Over the years, he has donated millions to the Democratic Party of Albert Ho, and to Leung Kwok-hung (which he claimed to have kept for his party League of Social Democrats).

- If a mysterious "caring citizen" showed up to foot the bill, the Independent Commission Against Corruption had better look at the case carefully? Did this person put the two legislators up to the court case while promising unlimited financial backing? That would be influence peddling.

- In spite of its name, the Court of Final Appeal does not have the final word. It is still possible to appeal to the the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice (Hague). All those people have time on hand and would love to make a mountain out of a molehill.

- That's just par for them. They filed the legal challenges and they got the media coverage. When it comes to paying the legal bills, they look to someone else to donate to the democracy cause.

- Fundraising would be easy. Hong Kong University Public Opinion Programme says that 1 million people participated in the Occupy Movement. If each one would give a dollar each, that is already $1 million. Two dollars each and they are home. Easy as pie.

- This was a mistake by the two. They are not supposed to take this on personally. They should find a welfare recipient from somewhere to file the court challenge of the election result. The complainant would be able to apply for and receive legal aid, so that the whole thing is paid for by the taxpayers. This is how the Civic Party usually does things to derail government plans.

- Leung Kwok-hung says that he has only just over $200,000. His monthly salary is $80,000+. Where did all the money go? To support the patriotic democratic movements in China? To pay for his bar bill? Anyway, if Leung can't come up with $1.1 million, he can declare personal bankruptcy. They can't confiscate his home, because he is living in public housing (which is supposed to be means-tested and $80,000+ per month is way more than the income threshold).  In a way, he is asking for it because he said that he was broke even before he filed the appeal case.
P.S. Leung is said to have routed most of his salary into a Resistance Foundation which is under his control. So that money (rumored to be more than $6 million already) is untouchable by CY Leung's lawyers.

- If Leung Kwok-hung files for bankruptcy, he will automatically lose his legislator job. That is bad. But that would mean another de facto referendum by-election. That is good.

- Albert Ho is a lawyer so he is loaded with money. He will have to come up with his share or else he loses everything (his home, his law practice, his legislator position, etc).

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ8oEkZYxqs Paula Tsui sings the classical Lunar New Year congratulations song, now used for expressing Schadenfreude in Hong Kong.

- Instant photo: "I want genuine bill payment" for the Um...banana Resolution.

(Apple Daily) February 6, 2015.

Mainland student Eugenia Yip, who is running for social secretary of the Hong Kong University Student Union recently admitted that she was a member of the Communist Youth League of China (Wikipedia estimates that CYL has 73 million members in 2007). One netizen posted pages from the January-February 2014 issue of Guangzhou-based magazine CITY ZINE that the female model was suspected to be Eugenia Yip.

Furthermore, there were some stimulating exciting pseudo-lesbian photos too.

Internet comments:

- Typical media trick to obfuscate and shield themselves from legal responsibility. They won't say the model is Eugenia Yip, because they may be sued. They haven't done any verification, so they can't prove that it is true. Therefore, they say that a netizen said that model is suspected to be Eugenia Yip. Somebody else said it and they are only reporting on that. Of course, the readers will walk away taking whatever impression they want to take.

- What is the evidence? Because they are young women and look a little bit alike (as do thousands of other with the same look)? This reminds me of the bald-headed cop and the bald-headed gangsters in the early days of Occupy Mong Kok -- all bald-headed people look alike (see Apple Daily), just as all young women look alike.

- Let me follow this. She is a lesbian and therefore she is not fit to be social secretary of the HKUSU. She can't socialize with men, because she hates them. She can't socialize with women, because she may seduce them and turn them into lesbians. Right?
P.S. What about Raymond Chan Chi-chuen? HOCC?

- The French national motto is "Libert, galit, fraternit" (Liberty, equality, fratenity). So Eugenia Yip bitches about how she was singled out for extensive muckraking out of 40 candidates for various positions. Well, to be fair and equitable, Campus TV should dig out the real, apparent and imaginary dirt on all the 39 other candidates and make sure that nobody will ever want to run for any HKUSU position in the foreseeable future. I totally support this.

- If she can't stand the heat, she should get out of the kitchen. This is normal in any election.

- Look, the simple fact is that Communist women cannot be trusted on anything. Therefore she should drop out of school and go back to China where she belongs. We Hongkongers don't want any fucking Communists here.

- Been there, did that. See McCarthyism.

- Hong Kong University students come from all over the world. If an American student runs for a Student Union position, do we need to be concerned about whether her grandmother was Republican or Democrat? whether she herself is a Young Republican? whether she attended a graduation ceremony at which Hilary Clinton was speaker?

- I think the students are taking themselves too seriously. How significant are they in Hong Kong society? How much political influence does the Hong Kong University Student Union have? They even have to use shifty tones to promote Hong Kong independence. When they go on hunger strike, they couldn't last four days even after sneaking in Pocari and glucose. Why would the Chinese Communists need to infiltrate this disorganized non-entity? And if they did, wouldn't they have the perfect cover ready in place? In the final analysis, it is just a bunch of egotistical kids fantasizing about their own self-importance.

- Stop this witch hunt already! If you don't like her politics, just cast your vote for some other candidate slate. If there are no other candidates, vote to cancel the position afterwards.

- This is not a witch hunt at all. In her open letter, Eugenia Yip has admitted the following fact: She attended a banquet with about 200 other persons. A VIP guest with "red" background attended the same banquet. Therefore, she is "red" and must not be allowed to serve on any HKUSU committee. PERIOD. All this was verified by the Campus TV reporters. Some people are calling this a WHITE terror witch hunt. No, this is not. WHITE terror only applies when Communists go after their opponents.

- The fact that the position of social secretary is not political is not the point. The fact is that once you let the first one of them through the door, the floodgates will be opened. We have to stop the Commies, here and now! We shall not be moved. This is our last stand!

- Oh, wait, I thought that we spent 79 days occupying in order to have a Chief Executive election without any pre-screening. But now Campus TV/Apple Daily want to pre-screen candidates for social secretary of Hong Kong University Student Union. Please clarify. URGENT, because I don't know how to think otherwise.

- When Apple Daily used to be publish a Hong Kong guide to prostitutes, nobody held it against them as being unfit. When Crystal Chow Ching ran for Legislative Council in the de facto referendum by resignation, nobody held it against her as being unfit for having worked at a dance hall. So prostitution is alright but Communist affiliation is not. Did I get this right?

- What kind of binary choice is this? Eugenia Yip versus Yvonne Leung (President of the Hong Kong University Student Union)? Oh, I'm really having a hard time on deciding. NOT.

- We need to reflect on the underlying current. Since when has it become important that anyone who comes out to run for any position (government, student union, etc) has to be vetted on potential Communist background? Why is the Communist Youth League membership of a candidate for social secretary at a university student union the subject of major media coverage over a number of days? So maybe all those with Communist backgrounds are bad people. But shouldn't the students be allowed to use their own judgment to elect their own representatives. Do they need the major media outlets to point out the right thing that they should be doing? Of course, in the final analysis, this is still the fault of the Communists to instill so much fear and loathing among people of Hong Kong. If they didn't exist, we would never have to worry about this sort of thing. Like war, death, famine and pestilence. We would be happier if they didn't exist. And my mother is a woman ...

- Extra! The Cabinet slate Smarties of which Eugenia Yip has Michael Pang Cheuk-kei as the presidential candidate. It turns out that Pang had been a salaried assistant of Legislative Councilor Raymond Wong Yuk-man. During the public appearance today, Pang got mad over the questions, stood up and said "This is going too far! You all know my political background", and left with his Cabinet candidates, leaving behind only Eugenia Yip to continue.

- Extra! Cancel the HKUSU election now! The Commies are here! It has just be revealed by Undergrad magazine that of the two main factions vying for the election, one faction Smarties has Communist Youth League member Eugenia Yip as a candidate while the other faction Ascent's leader Fung Jing-en has acknowledged that his maternal grandfather is a senior Communist Party official. Horror of horrors! How can students be expected to choose between two rotten bananas? We demand that all candidates must have squeaky clean backgrounds with no mainland ties for at least three generations without any red seedlings! We don't want our Hong Kong University students to be brainwashed. We want them to be just like Yvonne Leung! Campus TV must inform all students that they must cancel the election now! A choice between two Communists is not a choice. It is a death sentence.

- Extra! Could the "black" news coming out against Smarties and Ascent be the work of third party factions? But wait, Campus TV faction Spear just announced that its chief executive candidate is a mainlander who was a member of the Communist Youth League too. So we're all even.

(Apple Daily) February 6, 2015.

At the Fanling Magistrates' Court, there were 23 cases in which mainlanders were charged with trying to take too much infant milk formula from Hong Kong to China, including three persons who carried between 16.8 to 20.8 kilograms. The presiding magistrate Bernadette Woo Huey-fang pointed out: "Isn't it pathetic that you won't even use the infant milk formula made in your own country?" The magistrate lectured the defendants in putonghua and said that this was a national disgrace.

Internet comments:

- I look around and see so many Hongkongers using iPhone's which are made by Foxconn (Taiwan) in China. Isn't it pathetic that Hongkongers won't use locally manufactured mobile phones. Oh, wait, Hongkongers don't have the capability to make their own mobile phones. Isn't that a real disgrace?

- I look around and see these Kong girls carrying around Herms, Chanel, Prada, Burberry ... handbags and never local Hong Kong brands. Oh, wait, I don't know of any Hong Kong fashion brand. Isn't that a real disgrace?

- I look around the streets and see people drive cars made by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota ... and never local Hong Kong brands. Oh, wait, no cars are made in Hong Kong. Isn't that a real disgrace?

- I look around the pharmacies and see Hong Kong people buy infant milk formula from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Switzerland ... and never local Hong Kong brands, because Hongkongers don't know how to raise cows for their milk. Isn't that a real disgrace?
Oh, wait, the whole business has to do with price-fixing in the huge China market by the major foreign milk powder firms? (see Reuters)

- I look around and see that Hongkongers do not have their own gutter oil. No disgrace, big honor. That is because they export it to Taiwan, which re-imports it back to Hong Kong at marked-up prices. Isn't that a real disgrace?

- http://en.people.cn/n/2014/0806/c98649-8765983.html I read "In 1986 only 675 Hong Kong women married mainland Chinese, but by 2013 this figure had grown to 7,507 - a tenfold increase. A new report shows that many women in Hong Kong now work on the Chinese mainland, where they have the chance to meet wealthy mainlanders with their own international life experience. Marriages between Hong Kong women and mainland men are becoming increasingly common." Isn't that a real disgrace?

- It is typical Hong Kong chauvinism to think that China couldn't live without Hong Kong. There are about 80 million Chinese children between the ages of 0 and 4. Do you think that they all depend on the infant milk formula scrounged from Hong Kong (total population 7 million) by a few hundred enterprising smugglers?

- What is the matter with this magistrate? These are just petty smugglers who tried to make a few dollars by hard work. This was not treason. The defendants didn't exactly sign a treaty to concede Hong Kong permanently to the British, did they?

(Ming Pao) http://news.mingpao.com/pns/%E6%B0%91%E4%B8%BB%E9%BB%A8%E5%B9%B4%E5%AE%B5%E7%94%A2%E5%93%81%E8%A2%AB%E5%85%A7%E5%9C%B0%E6%9F%A5%E5%B0%81/web_tc/article/20150207/s00002/1423244657194 February 7, 2015.

The Democratic Party ordered 7,600 rolls of toilet issue and 20,000 packets of tissues with the images of Chief Executive CY Leung and others in order to sell at their New Year's Market stall. The merchandise was supposed to shipped from the mainland factory in Shenzhen to Hong Kong. Yesterday, the factory called the Democratic Party to say that the merchandise has been confiscated and the factory closed down. According to the Democratic Party spokesperson, "We didn't place the order under the name of the Democratic Party. We got friends to do this. The delivery address is not our Party office either. But the mainland Public Security Bureau still found it." The merchandise was worth $100,000 for which a deposit of $30,000 had been made.

Internet comments:

- DLLM! Didn't you say that the mainland is hell on earth and you want to end one-party rule? But you nevertheless place this order surreptitiously in order to exploit the cheap labor up there and maximize your profit. Thanks for contributing to the welfare of Hell and one-party rule.

- Didn't you say that no mainland product is ever safe and that is why you prefer to drink Australian milk, eat Japanese instant noodles and Korean lunch meat? But you nevertheless ordered this merchandise to sell to unsuspecting Hong Kong citizens to wipe their buttocks and noses. What if the toilet tissue catches fire spontaneously and blows someone up?

- The mainland factory that took this job is entirely shut down, and people are out of work because of your sneaky methods. Thanks a lot! Of course, you refuse to accept any responsibility and you blame the Communists for everything that happens.

- Hong Kong First! You should have placed your order with a local factory. Of course, there are no local factories anymore. There are Hong Kong trading companies at which you can place an order, but the production facility is usually located in Dongguan city (Guangdong province).

- Well, if Hong Kong can't even produce a roll of toilet paper, then what hope is there for them to build an independent, self-sufficient Hong Kong City-State? Most importantly, what will you use to wipe your arse? Tree leaves? IKEA catalogues?

- In America, they sell Barack Obama Toilet Paper too (see Amazon.com)

(YouTube) The Government decision to reserve parts of the Central waterfront for military purposes was highly controversial. The "Hongkongers Come First" took a lightning-fast action. They forcefully entered the PLA barracks in the Tamar site while waving the British-Hong Kong flag and chanting slogans to oppose the construction of the military pier in Central. They demanded that the PLA withdraw from Hong Kong.

(SCMP) Activists in PLA barracks break-in deserve an award. January 8, 2014.

Unlike in previous years, Public Eye will hand out just one New Year's Award this year. The award goes to the four sickos who broke into the People's Liberation Army barracks in Admiralty last month. Were they too stupid to understand they could have been shot? Military guards elsewhere would have been far less restrained in this age of terrorism. Did the four think they'd be hailed as heroes for daring to play chicken with the PLA? Most Hongkongers have condemned their childish prank. Even the pan-democrats, who detest the Communist Party and consider the PLA part of it, didn't applaud. The four belong to a group that calls itself "Hongkongers Come First", which advocates independence. Anyone who thinks Hong Kong can become independent must be living in la-la land. Public Eye agrees that Hongkongers should come first in matters such as school places, infant formula and housing. But independence? That's insane. The PLA's heavy-handed role in the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen crackdown can never be erased. But it used a surprisingly light hand against the four. But that doesn't mean their idiotic escapade will be laughed off. It reinforces Beijing's belief that Hong Kong has traitors out to undermine the country. Harbour protectionists want total public access for the seafront outside the barracks instead of having it sealed off at times as a military berth. But there's a fat chance of full public access now. The break-in will make the PLA even more cautious. To the four idiots, we confer the Lock Them Up And Throw Away The Key Award.

(SCMP) PLA break-in suspect calls to halt trial, claiming pressure from Beijing. April 10, 2014.

One of four people accused of trespassing at the People's Liberation Army headquarters at Admiralty in December has asked to halt his trial permanently, citing possible political pressure on the courts after Beijing expressed concern over the alleged intrusion.

Billy Chiu Hin-chung applied to Eastern Court yesterday for a permanent stay of proceedings. "Since senior officials on the mainland and state media have demanded severe punishment [for us], I have reason to suspect the court may be under political pressure," he said.

Chiu, 29, and three others - Dickson Cheung Hon-yin, 40, Tse Wing-man, 29, and a 15-year-old who cannot be named because he is under 16 - were arrested on January 1 over the Boxing Day intrusion. Hours later, state media reported that Beijing had expressed "grave concern" about the break-in.

Cheung, Tse and the teenager had given statements to police but doubted the relevance of some of the questions they were asked, their defence lawyer Norton Pang told the court.

The defendants did not know if they had entered the barracks because there was no clear sign indicating the boundary, Pang said. They insisted that even if they had stepped within its boundary, they had the right to do so and it was done as a gesture, the lawyer said. The defence disputed whether setting foot beyond the barracks' front gate meant entering the restricted area.

(SCMP) Activist who trespassed in PLA barracks attacked outside court. June 19, 2014.

An activist was assaulted outside court yesterday before being given a suspended jail term for trespassing at the PLA barracks in Admiralty. The assault took place at the entrance to Eastern Court in Tai On Street yesterday afternoon. A man, later identified as a 58-year-old unemployed Hong Kong resident, allegedly assaulted Billy Chiu Hin-chung, 29, as he was about to read a statement in front of reporters. The man yelled, "What nation are you building?" and "You are also Chinese" before physically attacking Chiu.

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRo2H06MeMgl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByHXXJjUQ-I

(SCMP) Anti-Beijing protestors rally outside British Consulate-General, urging UK to take back Hong Kong. June 15, 2014.

Ten activists from the pro-independence group Hongkongers Come First rallied on Sunday outside the British Consulate-General in Admiralty, urging London to take back Hong Kong and help make the city an independent state.

They raised the Union Jack, waving placards and chanting slogans Declare Sino-British Joint Declaration Void and Hong Kong Is Our Country during the rally, which was closely monitored throughout by a dozen of uniform and plainclothes police officers.

The group claimed that Beijings white paper on Hong Kong, released last week, was proof that China had broken its promise in the joint declaration that it would give Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy.

In a Chinese language petition letter, addressed to the queen, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and British consul-general Caroline Wilson, the group said Hong Kongs democratisation, press freedom and independent judiciary had been eroded after the handover. Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong [and a] high degree of autonomy, have become the lie of the century, the petition said.

One activist Billy Chiu Hin-chung said: Hong Kong should be made an independent state. Hong Kong is our country. We are not Chinese. He urged Britain to get back Hong Kong from China and hold a referendum in the city to decide whether Hong Kong should be made independent.

(YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i75dsuk0bY Police officers want to stop and check ID of individuals including Billy Chiu.

(Oriental Daily) October 17, 2014.

The police cleared obstacles in Mong Kok early this morning. At around 630am, a foreign photojournalists was taking photos when he was attacked by Billy Chiu of Hongkongers Come First. The police arrested Chiu.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MrKzv3vlHY Video of the arrest of Billy Chiu
0:09 (Policeman) You're so troublesome. And your mouth stinks.
0:11 (Chiu) If you take some sweets, you won't stink.
0:13 (Policeman) If you keep quiet, it would be even better.
0:17 (Chiu) You can go home.
0:18 (Policeman) If you don't go home, then how can I go home? You got me involved in this trouble.
0:21 (Chiu) This is a sidewalk.
0:25 (Policeman) Stop kicking! Hey, I won't be so polite! I'm telling you! I don't care if there are dozens of cameras.
0:41 (Policeman) Hey, you stop kicking! You stop kicking!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij0T68twTvU Video of the arrest of Billy Chiu. Longer version.

(Oriental Daily) November 27, 2014.

Last night, a number of demonstrators blocked the intersection of Sai Yeung Choi Street South and Soy Street in Mong Kok. The police asked the demonstrators to step back on the sidewalk. Some of them obeyed, and the police directed some cars to drive through. But the demonstrators kept going back and forth "crossing the street". When a car carrying Organized Crime and Triad Bureau police officers came through, some demonstrators decided that "something was wrong with the car light" and stopped it. The police reinforced and a clash took place. Social activist Billy Chiu was among those arrested.

(Oriental Daily) December 24, 2014.

The Self-Determination Party of Tibet and Hong Kong was supposed to meet outside the Central Public Library (Causeway Bay) at 8pm tonight. The meeting was called off. Afterwards Billy Chiu and two other members decided to blockage the Hung Hom Cross-Harbor Tunnel. At around 930pm, the three of them paraded around near PolyTechnic University and waved flags for the photographer. Then they rushed onto the tunnel entrance, threw traffic cones on the road and tried to interfere with the cars. But the cars swerved to avoid them and continued. The three then fled the scene.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2bu0gtG94E SocREC interview with Billy Chiu (all talk in Cantonese)

(Oriental Daily) February 2, 2015.


Billy Chiu of the Self-Determination Party of Tibet and Hong Kong soliciting donations at a street booth, drawing little or no interest

(Oriental Daily) February 5, 2015.

This morning, social activist Billy Chiu appeared in Kwun Tong Court to face three charges of interfering with five police officers in their line of duty, struggling to resist arrest and assaulting a police officer by kicking him three times. The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges, and the judge set a March 19 trial date.

The judge set the original bail at $500. This time he questioned the defendant about his personal finances. Chiu said that he worked sometimes as a freelancer, but he mainly depended on support from other social activists(s). However, Chiu declined to name the social activist(s). The judge raised the bail from $500 to $5,000. Because the defendant did not have the money on him, he was remanded until he could raise the money.

Later, Chiu told the judge that he has borrowed $5,000 from a pastor to post bond. However, he was unable to provide a fixed address. The judge said: "Don't you have a lot of social activist friends? Get one of them to give you an address.

(Oriental Daily) February 5, 2015.

In the afternoon, Chiu found the social activist James Lung to provide a Kwun Tong industrial building. But the judge pointed out that an industrial building cannot serve as a home address. Chiu said that he has always lived in an industrial building. So the judge asked James Lung to make a personal guarantee to the court. Finally, Lung posted a $1,000 personal guarantee bond and Chiu was allowed to leave.

Afterwards outside the court room, Chiu said that the magistrate was being harsh because he did not want to let Chiu out on bond. Lung said that the magistrate did this in order to retaliate against the Umbrella Movement and its participants.

Internet comments:

- No money for pro-democracy activist to post bail? Call Jimmy Lai at Next Media.

- All social activists are idlers who sleep in the streets. That is why they have no money and they have no fixed addresses.

- Billy Chiu is said to be receiving 接濟 (=charity handouts) from other social activists, but he wouldn't name them. Well, let me guess -- if the name of his organization is the Self-Determination Party of Tibet and Hong Kong, then his benefactor must be the Tibetan National Congress! The revenue is booked as "product placement."

- Billy Chiu used to belong to the Hongkongers Come First (also known as Honghongers Priority). But he is not a native-born Hongkonger, as he came to Hong Kong as a Vietnamese refugee immigrant in the 1990's (see Wikipedia http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/%E6%8B%9B%E9%A1%AF%E8%81%B0 ). Strictly speaking, he is not entitled to wave the Hongkongers Come First flag with the British dragon/lion flag.

- It is a shame that Occupy Mong Kok has been cleared. Otherwise he could report the tent city at "Mong Kok Lower Village" as his permanent address.

- It is illegal to convert an industrial building unit into a residential apartment. Billy Chiu has just made an admission in open court that he regularly lives in an industrial building. The Buildings Department should take action immediately against the owner James Lung.

- I am opposed to take a person's measure based upon his/her looks. I am even more opposed to the use of violence. But I have to say that I can easily overcome those inhibitions with respect to this person. Please beat him up for me.

(Sky Post) When the media lose public trust. By Robert Chow Yung. January 4, 2015.

Trust is a valuable asset. It does not come out of nowhere. It is earned from a lot of hard work, but it can dissipate overnight for no good reason. Afterwards it becomes very hard to recuperate. This happens to people, but all the more so for the media. Recently, the public relations company Edelman the 2015 Trust Barometer study in 27 countries/regions. Hong Kong fell from 9th place to 17th place in terms of total trust. In the case of trust in media, Hong Kong's score fell from 63 to 41 ... According to the investigators, the drop was due to the Occupy Movement.

During the Occupy Movement, a number of local media outlets and many media workers tossed aside the golden rules of independence, fairness and impartiality to become active participants. They even became instigators of chaos. So how could the public not resent?

The media which joined and supported the Occupy Movement found that they suffered losses in circulation and advertising revenue. But can the other media stay aloof? And what can media workers do for themselves, their organizations and Hong Kong as a whole?

First of all, the media management/administration people must have the courage to adhere firmly to the principles of neutrality and impartiality. They must ignored the personal preferences of their subordinates to coerce them into changing their judgments and toss media ethics aside.

We must understand that even though certain rogue elements within the organizations can bring some politicians or political parties to launch malicious criticisms against the media out, the management/administration must make final stand to do the right thing without retreating. Media workers must never back down because they are the last defenders of media ethics ...

What can we be talking about? Here are the two headline stories for Ming Pao. On the left: A June 4th 1989 student eyewitness account from a Canadian confidential file. This story appeared on page A3. On the right: Alibaba spends $1 billion to help Hong Kong young people start their own businesses. This story appeared on page A2.

(Radio Free Asia) February 3, 2015.

Journalists and pan-democratic politicians in Hong Kong have hit out a decision by one of the city's most respected newspapers to cancel an article on the 1989 military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square mass protests. Staff at the Chinese-language Ming Pao newspaper, which removed former editor Kevin Lau last January, have asked the paper's editor-in-chief to explain why he chose to override a unanimous decision on Sunday by the paper's editorial board to run the story on Monday's front page. The report was based on recently released diplomatic cables from Canada, and included a student's eyewitness account of the bloodshed that ensued when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) cleared the protests with tanks and machine guns.

Ming Pao editor-in-chief Chong Tien-siong has so far made no response to calls for an explanation, and repeated requests for an interview were met with the information that he wasn't in the office on Monday.

According to the paper's staff, Chong initially made no objection to the plan, but later ordered that the Tiananmen story be replaced with a feature about mainland Chinese Internet giant Alibaba as a role model for young, would-be entrepreneurs.

Ming Pao union leader Chum Shun-kin said the story that Chong pulled contained details about the contemporary history of the massacre, including eyewitness accounts of the killing of civilians. "Maybe some people are thinking that, as editor-in-chief, he has the right to change the front page," Chum told RFA in a recent interview. "But the question is, whether it was reasonable to do so. If the entire editorial staff of the newspaper thought that this was a good story, why is he unilaterally ignoring them?"

(Sinosphere New York Times Blog) February 4, 2015.

At every newspaper, journalists enthusiastically kvetch about editors bumping their articles from prominent spots in print, depriving them of glory, if not readers.

But when the newspaper is Ming Pao, a troubled flagship of respectable journalism in Hong Kong, and when the story is about the armed crackdown on protesters in mainland China in 1989, the grumbling can burst into protest. Once again, Ming Pao, a daily broadsheet, is at the heart of contention over media freedom and priorities in Hong Kong.

Journalists at Ming Pao have jousted with the papers chief editor this week over his decision to shift the position of an article in Mondays edition about a cache of documents from the Canadian Embassy in Beijing during the lead-up to the crackdown and the carnage that ensued on June 3-4, 1989.

Ming Paos staff association denounced the editors decision to give more prominent space to a report about a fund for young entrepreneurs in Hong Kong started by Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire who founded Alibaba, the e-commerce company. The association asserted that the decision was a backhanded attempt to muffle the impact of the report on 1989, still a highly sensitive subject for the mainland government.

In our view, a newspapers daily choice of its leading story reflects the principles and values upheld by the newspaper, Nick Kwok, the chairman of the Ming Pao Staff Association, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

In Hong Kong, readers care deeply about stories about June 4th, and they are of historical significance, Mr. Kwok said. No matter how you weigh it, its obvious that the story about the witness account of machine guns firing at students has to lead.

The latest controversy at Ming Pao has ignited misleading news reports that assume the editors pulled the entire report on 1989. In fact, the article appeared at length. A headline ran over the top of the front page, Canadian secret documents: Students witness gunfire on June 4. The article itself appeared on the bottom two-thirds of Page 2 and all of Page 3. (The papers front page was given over to coverage of a pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong on Sunday.)

On Tuesday, the editor in chief at the heart of the uproar, Chong Tien-siong, issued a statement defending his decision. An editor has to decide what is most important for readers to see first in the paper, he said.

The editorial policy of Ming Pao has never shown fear or favor, Mr. Chong said. The editor in chief has the power and responsibility to alter the layout, he added. On Sunday, I exercised my decision-making power to put Alibaba as the leading story, and I made no alterations whatsoever to the report on the secret documents of June 4. It appeared in its original form in a prominent position.

The editor in chief has the power and responsibility to alter the layout, he added. On Sunday, I exercised my decision-making power to put Alibaba as the leading story, and I made no alterations whatsoever to the report on the secret documents of June 4. It appeared in its original form in a prominent position.

But aggrieved journalists at Ming Pao have dismissed that explanation, reflecting the persistent distrust between them and Ming Pao editors over the papers overall direction. They said that the chief editor broke established norms by coming into the office late on a Sunday night to alter the layout, to which he had not raised objections at an editorial meeting that evening.

His statement that the change was a result of editorial logic is full of red herrings, Mr. Kwok, the staff association chairman, said of Mr. Chongs statement. People have cast doubt on the decisions motives: the existence of a black hand, commercial pressures and so on.

In its own statement released on Tuesday, the Hong Kong Journalists Association urged the papers editors to strengthen communication with the editorial department to dispel the unease and suspicion among the staff of the department.

On Tuesday, 80 staff members of Ming Pao held an hourlong stoppage, Radio and Television Hong Kong, a public broadcaster, reported. In 2015, it seems, the newspaper will remain in the news, a battleground over the future of journalism in Hong Kong.

(Oriental Daily) Old News Cannot Be Hyped Into New News. By Lo Wing-lok. February 4, 2015.

Ming Pao editor-in-chief Chong Tien-siong changed the headline story from <Canadian secret file on student eyewitness account of shooting on June 4th> into <Alibaba helps Hong Kong young people to start their own businesses>. Ming Pao's union leader are publicly questioning that decision. Earlier Chong said that the decision about the headline story was based upon news value.

The so-called "secret file" was the release of certain files according to a prescribed schedule by Library and Archives Canada. This is publicly disclosed information not exclusively held by Ming Pao, which did not conduct any investigation to follow up. The file is based upon the testimony of one student as taken down by the Canadian embassy staff in Beijing, wherein the student claimed to have witnessed the PLA shooting and tanks grinding those who remained at Tiananmen Square into ground meat.

The Ming Pao reporter excerpted parts of this file and then asked the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and the Chinese government to respond. As expected, the Canadian Embassy declared that the information in the file was credible while the Chinese government declined to respond. The reporter then interviewed certain knowledgeable persons in Hong Kong, such as Ching Cheong and Ng Hong-mun.

At the time, Ching Cheong was the deputy-editor-in-chief at Wen Wei Po. He said that departed from Beijing on the night of June 3rd and he was not present at the scene. Therefore, he cannot assess the veracity of the statement of this student. However, he thinks that on a plaza which can accommodate 1 million persons with poor nighttime visibility, "it is possible that some people saw killings while others thought that no one died. They are all being truthful, even if they differ in what they say." Actually, there is plenty of information on the Internet about how many died or none die. Another account by one person isn't going to increase our understanding about the incident, nor will it change people's conclusions. Ching Cheong's comments were very frank. They were not necessarily insightful, but they represent commonsense. When the incident has to be rely on commonsense to assess, what news value is there?

Internet comments:

- DLLM! Tiananmen Square incident? How is that "news"? Tomorrow's A1 headline could be "Adam and Eve ate stolen apples"?
By the way, all the chief editor did was to swap pages A2 and A3 with each other. The contents were unchanged. When you open the newspaper, A1 is in front. When you turn the page, A2 is on the right and A3 is on the left. You see both of them at the same time. What is the big deal? Why is this a "live free or die" issue?

- DLLM! What is the matter with you stupid reporters? I would have picked Ma Yun over June 4th as the headline story. There have been N stories about June 4th. What is so special about this one? "Canadian embassy staff in Beijing took down the testimony of one student." Fuck! Big fucking news!

- DLLM! The Ming Pao union workers will quit using their pen to write for one hour in protest! This is the next greatest story after the relay hunger strike by Umbrella Revolutionaries. They can quit writing for one hour, but they will ultimately hand in their assignments by deadline. Just another group jerk-off.
Extra! Extra! Editor-in-chief Chong Tien-siong declines to respond to union demand. So will all union workers resign to protest? Go on unpaid strike indefinitely?
Look, it's one thing to object to the owner (Malaysian businessman Tiong Hiew King) and his appointee Chong Tien-siong meddling Ming Pao's direction. It is something else to impose your own political views on what and how to report. The owner did not buy the newspaper to satisfy the union workers' political predilections.

- (SCMP) Ming Pao had been advertising itself as the city's most credible Chinese-language newspaper. In the most recent poll by Chinese University, Ming Pao dropped behind Economic Times and had to change its masthead slogan (of "Number One in Public Trust").
(The Standard) There is no question that Ming Pao suffered the most. After losing its title as the most credible Chinese-language daily to the Hong Kong Economic Times, Ming Pao had to stop ballyhooing the slogan on its masthead - lest it be challenged with reference to the trade description ordinance.
We know why Ming Pao is dropping non-stop in the standings. Its biased reporting is leading it to join Apple Daily, Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao in the pits.

- DLLM! Who has ever heard of a newspaper where the headline story is determined by democratic voting among its reporters and editors after due deliberation (one person, one vote?). If so, nothing will ever get printed on time! What kind of newspaper is it when the editor-in-chief cannot decide what goes on A1 without union approval? This is precisely the kind of situation that the word "asinine" was invented to describe.

- DLLM! You want your boss to pay you but you also want to play games. Well, if you want to oppose the Communists, you should quit Ming Pao and join Apple Daily/Epoch Times (they are the one and the same) where you can write to your heart's content.

- The uncorroborated testimony of one student claiming to be an eyewitness is hearsay. It is worthless.

- Eyewitness account by a student? Chai Ling been there, did that. She testified that people were shot to death on Tiananmen Square. Other eyewitnesses came forward to testify that she had already left the Square earlier that night and could not have witnessed what she claimed. Is this other unnamed student more credible than Defend Tiananmen Square Headquarters commander-in-chief Chai Ling?

- This situation challenges the notion of editorial independence. What does it really mean? Does it mean that the editor-in-chief can make independent decisions? Or does it mean that the editor-in-chief must take action in accordance with the decision of the staff of several hundred reporters and editors. We need the Journalists Association to arbitrate. But they always go missing when they are most needed.

- I fully appreciate why they are acting this way. The topic of the Umbrella Revolution is toxic right now for the majority of the population. So it is time to switch back to the old warhorse: The Tiananmen Massacre! Let us debate whether 2,000 or 20,000 were mowed down by machine gun and/or run over by tanks on June 4th, 1989! (Note: Just answer either 2,000 or 20,000. No other option is allowed.)

How would you rate this legislator on a 0-100 scale. 0 indicates absolutely no support, 100 means absolute support, and 50 means half-half. And the survey says, the average ratings for the top 10 Legislative Councilors were:
62.0: Jasper Tsang
46.3: Regina Ip
44.1: Tam Yiu Chung
42.4: Alan Leong
40.4: Emily Lau
39.2: Albert Ho
39.1: Lee Cheuk-yan
37.2: Leung Kwok-hung
34.4: Albert Chan Wai-yip
32.8: Raymond Wong Yuk-man

By comparison, HKU-POP previously found the latest rating for Chief Executive CY Leung was 42.1. At the time, HKU-POP editorialized its finding: "POP interviewed 1,024 Hong Kong people between 19 and 21 January 2015 by means of a random telephone survey conducted by real interviewers. Our survey shows that after some discussions of the Policy Address, the support rating of CE CY Leung drops again, but is still higher than that before he delivered his Policy Address. It went up from 40.6 marks before the address to 44.8 in the evening of the address, then down 2.7 again to 42.1 now, all the time below the 45 mark alert level."

For HKU-POP, the 45 mark is an alert level. Using this alert level, 8 of the top 10 Legislative Councilors are below the alert level. And seven out of those eight are pan-democrats. By the way, the top three are pro-establishment Legislative Councilors.

But the Chief Executive and the Legislative Councilors cannot be directly compared. The Chief Executive is the top leader of the Hong Kong government. Hence he is answerable to the entire population. The Legislative Councilors are elected from different districts (five from the entire Hong Kong SAR and thirty from five districts (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon East, Kowloon West, New Territories East and New Territories West)). From each district, five to nine Legislative Councilors are elected depending on population size. Therefore, it is possible to be elected with 7% of the votes in one district. Once elected, this Legislative Councilor can deliver speeches about "Hong Kong citizens this" or "Hong Kong citizens that" as if he/she is representing the majority of Hong Kong citizens.

Addendum (Oriental Daily) February 4, 2015.


Front page story: "Pan-democratic legislators"/"Public opinion support plummeting"
Subtitle: They took Jimmy Lai's money to run Occupy Central; they obstructed constitutional reform and they fooled around with filibustering

(SCMP) Protestors rally in Sheung Shui against cross-border parallel traders. September 16, 2012.

Fights broke out in Sheung Shui yesterday during an angry protest against cross-border parallel traders.

The protest, initiated via Facebook last week, started at 2pm, with about 50 residents in the border town gathering near an exit of Sheung Shui MTR station. "Reclaim Sheung Shui! Protect our homes!" they chanted, echoing slogans written on the placards they were waving. They said the numbers of parallel traders buying goods in the neighbourhood and travelling through the station had been creating a nuisance for years. Parallel traders buy goods in one market to smuggle into another, where they sell them without authorisation.

The protests also drew about 300 onlookers - including some parallel traders - who stood around the station and on a footbridge.

It did not take long for clashes to break out after two young protesters held up a sign reading: "Chinese people eat s***!", together with a modified colonial-era Hong Kong flag. While fellow protesters asked the two to put the sign away, some middle-aged men, offended by the slogan, ran at them aggressively, denouncing the pair as "Japanese". Police officers intervened to stop the scuffle. The duo and one of the men who attacked them - believed to be a parallel trader - were taken to a police station but were later released. More scuffles took place around the MTR station, with witnesses saying a trader slapped protesters.

The MTR Corporation, which was prepared for the protest, erected a sign at the station exit requiring passengers to carry no more than one item of luggage. It put up metal barriers to prevent people from congregating near the exit, but was later forced to close it as clashes heated up. Only a few traders attempted to carry large amounts of goods into the station, but they fled, dumping hundreds of yoghurt drinks as protesters cornered them.

A 21-year-old protester, who was sporting a sling, said his arm had been fractured last week by a parallel trader's trolley. "I have to rest for at least six weeks," said the man, who is a courier. Others were upset about the traders obstructing roads and what they see as the replacement of local shops by pharmacies and jewellery stores which cater to the tourists. The protest will continue today at the station.

Parallel traders are most active in Sheung Shui as it is only one station from Lo Wu, on the border. They take products, including milk powder, mobile phones and cosmetics, over the border to sell on the mainland, evading tax in the process.

(Apple Daily) February 3, 2015.

On the night of January 24, someone threw a gasoline bomb at the iron gate of a trading company in Cambridge Plaza, Sheung Shui. Afterwards, the person posted photos on Facebook. The person called for more arson on January 31/February 1 against the trading companies/warehouses along San Wan Road (Sheung Shui).

At 2am on the day before yesterday, the police found a 19-year-old unemployed man named Au wandering suspiciously on San Wan Road. They stopped and searched him, and found tools such as flint, knife, matches, map, surgical mask and gloves. They held him on suspicion of attempted conspiracy to commit arson. Au has a prior record for theft, and was arrested for damaging property during the Occupy Movement period.

At 11pm on the day before yesterday, an 18-year-old cuisine student named Cheng and a 19-year-old waiter named Lee were arrested by the police on Sun Fung Avenue (Shek Wu Hui). The police found lighters, cutting pliers, gloves, surgical masks, etc, plus bandages, chalk pencils and couplets for "Building the Hong Kong City-State". The two told the police that they were "casing" the locating and they were prepared to set garbage cans on fire if someone should attempt to pursue any arsonists. Later the police searched the homes of the three arrestees and found axes, crowbars, flashlights and shovels. The police said that the three did not have triad backgrounds, and they have may been politically motivated.


Police evidence of couplets saying "Building Hong Kong City-State" and "Chinese Renaissance"

The police held a 4pm press conference yesterday to detail the two cases and exhibit the evidence.

At 7:34pm on the same day a man wearing a cap poured flammable liquid on the merchandise outside a San Hong Street shop and used a lighter to set off a fire. Neighbors rushed out to put out the fire.

(Oriental Daily with video)


When the police arrived at the scene, they found a half-melted plastic bottle and a lighter. 150 boxes of candies outside the store were destroyed, with the loss valued at $30,000. The police reviewed the surveillance videotape and observed that a man placed approached a stack of cardboard boxes, poured inflammable liquid, bent down and used a lighter to ignite. Then he turned around and fled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox3fZ_2-Iws (Bastille Post) Includes CCTV video of fire.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ4oKyKnirA (Apple Daily) Includes video of fire, press conference, etc.

Internet comments:

- Hong Kong ISIS hero martyr warriors at work to build Hong Kong City-State. But the Parallel Trades Concern Group has immediately disowned arson as the final solution. What is to be done?

- Setting off a fire in a crowded neighborhood could lead to a conflagration that engulfs the entire neighborhood. What if residents get trapped and perish? Not everyone in that neighborhood is in the parallel trade. There is a social conflict between the parallel traders who want to make money and local residents who want to have some peace of mind. A conflagration would wipe all of them out. Is that the final solution?

- "Because the police refused to take actions to clear out the parallel traders, the citizens had to save themselves by taking matters into their own hands." Let me get this clarified: Does "Arson" = "Save yourselves"?

- The list of arson suspects have been narrowed down to:
(A) Rival parallel traders;
(B) Protection racketeers;
(C) Radical pro-Hong Kong City-State/self-determination/anti-China/pro-UK groups;
(D) Irate local neighborhood residents/shopkeepers
But, oh wait, there were plenty of type-(D) individuals during the Occupy period and they were told that they were being selfish or paid by the China Liaison Office to complain about the disruptions in their lives.  So if they have any complaints, they should check with the pro-Occupy legal scholars who will be telling them to shut up and go away.

- (Apple Daily) According to a bean-based food shopkeeper Ms. Tse: "The fire yesterday was not enough. Assuming no lives were lost, the entire street should be burned down. I am not scared. The arson was targeted at parallel traders. Most people here will be delighted, including myself. I am really very delighted. They really annoyed us greatly. I asked them to make way but they ignore me. I had to push them aside to get through."
Very courageous of Ms. Tse, but not very scientific about how the very intelligent conflagration can selectively punish the evil people (just destroying their shops but without killing them) and spare the good people living upstairs (their homes, ramen noodle shops and lives).

- As a reminder, parallel trading is not banned by the law. It is not the same as smuggling. If you want to ban it, you should enact the relevant laws. A Hong Kong friend of mine purchased an iPhone6 through his telecom company at a discount price, then traveled immediately to Huaqiangbei Road in Shenzhen to sell it for a profit of almost 1,000 dollars. It is a quite normal thing to do.

- Sorry, the Occupy Central emergency legal aid centre will not be taking the calls of anyone charged with a violent crime.

- Apple Daily titled its arson article: "Violent thugs commit arson to shave the eyebrows of the police." Why isn't it titled: "Violent thugs commit arson to challenge the rule of law in Hong Kong"? This is just typical of biased media reporting in this age.

- From the rule-of-law memory hole: (SCMP) Anti-Occupy protester who threatened to burn down Mong Kok site jailed, December 8, 2014.

A man who brandished a bottle of paint thinner and a lighter as he threatened to burn pro-democracy demonstrators in Mong Kok was jailed for six months in Kowloon City Court yesterday. Ma Hei-yuk, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place.

Handing down the sentence, Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen said: "Your act was reckless and very dangerous. You could imagine serious harm could have been done to lots of people and the situation could have been out of your control. The consequences could have been horrible." But Law took into account the fact that the incident happened during the Occupy Central protests, and that there was no end in sight to the sit-ins at the time. "The incident took place on October 22 - the protest had been going on for some time. No matter where you stand on politics, this movement was causing distress and there was no light at the end of the tunnel," Law said. "I can understand that emotions were running high at that time."

The magistrate said he had considered handing Ma a one-year prison term - the maximum sentence for the charge - but reduced it to six months after taking into account that Ma had admitted his guilt, his personal background and that of the case.

Ma admitted he had taken a bottle of paint thinner to the Mong Kok Occupy site on the evening of October 22, saying that he wanted to teach protesters a lesson. He dropped the bottle of paint thinner, holding a lighter in his hand, and saying he wanted to "die together" with the people there, but he was subdued by bystanders.

Ma was born on the mainland and is now a Hong Kong resident. He told the court he had been drunk and distressed by the civil disobedience movement that night after reading the news. He did not live in Mong Kok but said he wanted to teach the "troublemakers" a lesson. He wrote a letter to the magistrate yesterday, saying he had reflected on his actions and greatly regretted what he had done, and hoped he could be released soon.

- High-quality, high-income, high-education Yellow Ribbons think that they are not breaking the law by setting garbage cans on fire in order to stop people from chasing arsonists? And what idiot would post the photographic evidence of their crime on Facebook?

- I have been following the media reports closely, and I have finally seen a switch:

- If a Yellow Ribbon punches a Blue Ribbon, the former is a demonstrator and the latter is a thug
- If a Yellow Ribbon charges the police line with a homemade shield in hand to slam the police, the former is a 'demonstrator'
- If a Yellow Ribbon throws a water bottle at the police, the former is a 'demonstrator'
- If a Yellow Ribbon shines a laser beam into the eyes of the police, the former is a 'demonstrator'
- If a Yellow Ribbon pokes a policeman with an umbrella, the former is a 'demonstrator'
- If a Yellow Ribbon sets a store on fire with a petrol bomb, he is now officially called a 'violent thug' and not a 'demonstrator'

In summary, punching, charging, poking with umbrellas, throwing water bottles, slamming with shields, shining laser beams into the eyes, physical jostling, screaming, making false claims of sexual molestation, resisting arrest, etc are all acceptable behaviors for 'demonstrators', whether the assembly was lawful or unlawful. However, tossing a petrol bomb is crossing the bottom line. I hope that clarifies things for you.
- Reference (Wikipedia) The Death of Lam Bun (1967)

- This won't be as simple as a case of Yellow Ribbons versus parallel traders. All the major triad syndicates are involved in the lucrative parallel trading, and they won't tolerate any interference with their livelihood. Are these three individuals really politically motivated, or acting on the interests of certain syndicates against rivals, or running a protection racket?

- Parallel trading was already taking at place in 1990's. Back then, the border crossing was closed overnight and opened each morning at 7am. At that time, there were always seas of parallel traders lugging their wares waiting for the gates to open. This is an economic issue about prices and quality being in disequilibrium across borders. A couple of decades ago, I remember the Japanese used to come to Hong Kong to buy Japanese electronics because they were significantly cheaper here, and the price difference was more than enough to pay for air fare, hotel and restaurant bills. But today some politicians and media want to make it a political issue and inflame hatred.

- Prices for an iPhone6 are higher on the mainland than Hong Kong, that is why people will purchase in Hong Kong and sell on the mainland. DEFINITION of 'Arbitrage' "The simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from a difference in the price. It is a trade that profits by exploiting price differences of identical or similar financial instruments, on different markets or in different forms." To eliminate arbitrage, you force the price on the mainland to be equal or less than that in Hong Kong. No one will trade in an unprofitable business.
The other issue is that some products are available in Hong Kong only and not on the mainland. An example is certain infant milk formula brands from Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The mainlanders are wary of mainland brands and prefer these foreign brands. You should ask those producers why they are not serving the Chinese market with its 1.5 billion population but just serving the Hong Kong market with its 7 million population. Aren't companies suppose to make money (and lots of it)? Or are they more interesting in restricting supply to mainland China for price-gouging?

- Without these luggage-lugging mainlanders, the first to be affected are the big retail pharmacies/grocery stories such as Manning's, Watson's, 759, Wellcome, Park n Shop, etc. But they are big companies with many branch stores, so closing a dozen out of hundreds won't hurt them too much. Those who will really be hurting are the owners of the store locations in Sheung Shui, Tuen Mun, and other border towns. Previously, those stores sat unused for years on end. Thanks to parallel trading, they collected sky-high rent without having to life a finger themselves. All that will be eviscerated, and Cambridge Plaza will be turned back into its former self as a dead industrial zone with 30% occupancy rate.

- Someone advocated limiting the number of cross-border trips that mainlanders can make to Hong Kong each time period (such as day, week, month, year). But the parallel traders are not all mainlanders because some Hongkongers work as couriers too. Limiting the number of cross-border trips that Hong Kongers can make each time period is obviously taking away the freedom of travel (which exists for the high-quality Americans, Japanese, Europeans, Africans, but doesn't exist for the low-quality mainlanders, of course).

- I read today that the police are beginning to chase the parallel traders off the streets. Does it take an arson to force the police to take action? The answer is YES, just as it took a knife slashing at Cable TV before people were allowed to cancel their subscriptions (see the very popular YouTube video on Adolf Hitler trying to cancel his Hong Kong Cable TV subscription).

More at Occupy Central Part 2.


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