I was born in Hong Kong. For 17 years, I thought this was quite a peaceful place. We are not poor. We don’t have dreadful natural disasters. Everything’s in peace.
But today, a civil disobedience campaign fighting for universal suffrage in Hong Kong, in the form of a peaceful assembly, was intensified to a violence level when police began to disperse protesters with batons, fists, pepper spray, tear gas and threats to fire. Police are using an unnecessary amount of violence against students with only umbrellas and protective goggles as their defense. They are spraying pepper directly into protester’s eyes deliberately. You may not agree with our stance, but no human should think that it is correct to use violence on defenseless people.
We are the people who wish for true democracy. We’ve tried negotiating with reasons. We’ve tried to strive for universal suffrage in a mild way. But our voices are ignored. Our voices are subdued. Now we are trying to disobey the law in a peaceful way, hoping to hear a response from the government. Yet all we got is being treated brutally. All I hope now is that this won’t escalate into something like the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown (google it and you’ll get the brutal history and horror).
We need this to be heard, so that we can stop the violence and begin the talk to genuine universal suffrage. We need your support, so that the government will carry out actions to bring true democracy, instead of smiling on the press conference and trusting the police to “do their job”.
Please spread this so that our cry for democracy could be heard.
Please pray for the students that they could be safe.
Please pray for Hong Kong.