Truth unmasked! (part 1 of 2)
Updated: Nov 30, 2019
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 20.3 (quote):
"The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures."
The Will of the majority of Hong Kong (HK) people for democracy has clearly and repeatedly been stated yet the HK Government, previously under the British and now the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), refuses to acknowledge nor bow to the lawful authority of the Will of the majority of we the people of HK.
After the end of WWII the British wanted to introduce democracy into colonial Hong Kong (HK). The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) objected strongly to any democratic reforms in HK - so the British relented. At the UN in 1971 China scuppered HK and Macau's inclusion in the UN Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
The last political crisis in HK was in 1977 when the Police, having been found by the then new Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to be corrupt, surrounded their building! This standoff was resolved by the British Governor with an amnesty for the Police and significant pay and benefits to all civil servants, now at least 3 times the amount of a similar job in the private sector, as a deterrent against corruption.
The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration finally gave HK people their rights to a high degree of autonomy. Since 1 July 1997 CCP has breached the Joint Declaration by failing to give HK people the agreed high degree of autonomy.
The 2019 Hong Kong (HK) protests are the political stories of the majority of HK people, as individuals and their communities, seeking democracy on HK streets because they feel there is no viable alternative.
Four months into massive street protests in HK RTHK reported on 9 October 2019 "The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Hong Kong as the third most competitive economy in the world, up four places from last year, but with falling marks for judicial independence and press freedom." WEF in it's 2017-2018 for Judicial independence ranked HK 13th (of 137 jurisdictions). Are we all talking about the same HK here? The same place where on 2 September 2019 the Chairman of the Court Prosecutors Association wrote a letter to the heads of the Department of Justice asking them to tell the Police to stop lying!
At the root of the current 2019 political crisis facing HK is the reality of HK's feudal Chinese plutocracy. The Masters are now the Chinese Communist Party (CCP); the exclusive HK elites, kowtowing to their Masters, running and benefiting from the HK Government, "laws" created by an undemocratic "Legislative Council" enforced by the Police, and Judged by "independent" Courts (above whom is a political body the CCP controlled NPCSC); lastly all other Stakeholders including the majority of HK people are excluded, have no voice, and are at the bottom of the pile.
HK has always been a Police state. The HK Police Force has, along with the rest of the HK Government, been busy touting it's successes and international standings whilst at the same time using, abusing and manipulating the majority of HK people. In 2019, once again as in 1977, the Police have created a political crisis by abusing their role and responsibility to enforce the law.
The majority of HK people are the pro-democratic (60%+) who are now locked out of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the direct interventions and manipulations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the HK Government. Most HK people now demand the high degree of autonomy agreed to in the 1984 Sino - British Joint Declaration.
The highest numbers and growth in support for the HK protest movement are from disgruntled local community residents. Since protests began in 2019 the majority of residents across HK communities have now joined street protests because of the oppression by the CCP, HK Government and especially the arrogance, unlawfulness and brutality of the HK Police.
A staggering 2 million HK people or roughly 25% of HK's population, nearly all adults aged 18 - 55 years old in HK, turned out on Sunday 16 June 2019 for a peaceful march against the HK Government's proposed extradition bill. This march was the first protest after the 12 June 2019 peaceful protest outside Central Government Offices (CGO) when, for the first time since Occupy 2014, the Police used tear gas and according to the United Nations disproportionate force against protesters.
The pro-democratic majority in HK, with only a minority in the Legislative Council (LegCo), has NO say in HK politics. HK has no autonomy. CCP controls HK by funding pro-Beijing political parties such as DAB, interventions in HK Courts using NPCSC interpretations of the Basic Law, manipulation of elections through vetting and disqualification of candidates and by Functional Constituencies in LegCo (30 out of 70 seats).
Despite it's UN obligations to democracy HK is a feudal Chinese plutocracy with the most unaffordable housing and the largest gap between the rich and poor in the world! There is no open, transparent nor accountable Government in HK. Democratic Lawmakers as a minority in LegCo were unable to stop the HK Government's proposed extradition bill being passed through LegCo - so HK people took to the streets to protest!
In breach of the Joint Declaration the CCP is now directly controlling the HK Government. According to the SCMP on 4 September 2019 the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office announced “The Hong Kong government, including the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, as well as all sectors of society must take ‘bridling turmoil and curbing violence’ as the city’s most pressing task and the overwhelming priority.”
HK has always been a Police state. It is rumoured - denied by China and HK Governments - that mainland Chinese military and paramilitary Police are already embedded in the HK Police Force. On 12 June 2019 the CCP and HK Government changed their strategy from "allowing" peaceful mass protests into a brutal illegal clampdown by the Police using disproportionate force, undercover operatives as provocateurs, targeting of Journalists and First Responders, sexual abuse of arrested women, harassment and arresting children, etc. There is no threat to HK of a PLA Tiananmen Massacre.
Because the pro-democratic majority of HK has no political say we now have across HK similar realities in many communities where CCP controlled local District Councils do not support the reasonable requests of the majority of HK people. So HK people have taken democracy onto the streets and have achieved results!
In Tuen Mun Park for the last ten years local residents have complained to the Tuen Mun District Council about the loud singing, using loud speakers, by "aunties" in their Public Park. The CCP controlled District Council, controlled by political party DAB and the Federation of Trade Unions, has done nothing to resolve Tuen Mun residents legitimate complaints.
On 6 July 2019 in Tuen Mun an estimated 10,000 people protested peacefully. No arrests were made. On 9 July 2019 the HK Government announced that starting in September 2019 singing in the Public Park would be banned. This result proves that mass public protests on the street with media gets quick results!
HK Government and CCP are exclusive - they are NOT inclusive. Protesters are now taking back their communities because protests are doing what the CCP and HK Government have not, and cannot do, for HK people!
Protesters need a strong and free Press to get their message out to put pressure on CCP and the HK Government. With the exception of Hong Kong Free Press, recent events in Tuen Mun, New Territories (N.T.), Hong Kong have not been covered in depth in the English language media - which means it is not covered by the international media. Despite Journalists being targeted by the Police, the Chinese language media is getting the news out!