I have lived in Hong Kong for almost half of my life and in that time I have married and had three children. Over the years, when talking to family and friends from overseas, I always used to remark how Hong Kong is probably one of the safest if not the safest cities in the world. This was only accomplished through the hard work, endeavour and exemplary standard of our Hong Kong Police force. All this changed after the Occupy central in 2014.
Hong Kong changed. Not for the better. No longer can I say Hong Kong is safe, on the contrary it has become much more dangerous. Back then, the police came in for heavy criticism for how they dealt with the protests. Certain elements of that argument may have been warranted but in general I feel the Hong Kong Police did an excellent job in what were difficult circumstances. The Hong Kong Police have had to work with their hands tied behind their backs even when put into dangerous situations that are spiraling out of control. Those circumstances have escalated into the mindless thuggery that we are witnessing today. The Hong Kong Police have continued to imbue professionalism throughout. Now it is time to adopt International standards for riot control and not consider the consequences of biased media coverage, this for the sake of and safety of the people of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has become a place where the minority make non-negotiable demands that are not in line with the general populous. A dangerous group that resort to violence at the drop of a hat while pointing their fingers at the police or the government. A disaffected youth with a distorted perspective of the world around them, with a negative outlook fed by lies and brainwashing propaganda from the likes of Civic Passion and the “so called” Pan Democrats amongst others. Civic Passion – A radical group that will attack tourists, women and children. A group that will hassle and harass commuters, regardless of age that they believe to be carrying oversized luggage and the like. A group that will enforce rules that they have made up or have no right to enact. A group that set alight bins, plant homeade gas canister bombs and stockpile weapons for readiness without cause or concern for anyone. They claim to fight for Freedom and Democracy but in reality their activities and reaction seem more akin to a dictatorship. You cannot reason or disagree with these people without being labelled “pro-Beijing”. They imitate the behavior of the childish spats that occur in Legco, they are emboldened by the lack of punishment or deterrent from the judiciary, they become ever more extreme in the knowledge that the police are ordered to merely hold and defend a line rather than deal with the problem head on.
There is a major problem with society as a whole when the leader of the radical Civic Passion group can open a stall in what should be fun celebrations at the CNY fair and attempt to recruit ‘soldiers’, all without condemnation. Where he can be allowed over tannoy to use profanities and language of incitement. It was no different last year with the anti-establishment tatt on sale, the vulgar t-shirts and silly wolf dolls. Due to the political nature of the current situation and after experiencing the market environment last year I decided not to go this year as I felt it unsuitable for children.
Hong-Kong has become a place where the ‘so called’ Pan Democrats will object to any proposal the Government makes just for the sake of it, filibuster, antagonise and then spit their dummies out when they do not get their own way. When the likes of Long Hair, Mad Dog and Baldy behave in such a way, shout and scream, throw glasses at others, is this considered leading by example? During and after Occupy Central, the likes of Emily Lau often cited to local and international media how the protests were “peaceful” how the students were “peaceful”. We know this not to be true and her protectionism then has reaped the violence we see today. Perhaps this is their game all along – to destroy Hong Kong then blame others.
There can be no more excuses for the behavior of rioters!
It is good to see the groundswell of support for the police and the condemnation of the rioters in advertisements and local publications by various Hong Kong communities and groups. The “protesters” true colours are being born out and the people of Hong Kong will unite against their antics.
These are not protests; this is wanton violence – these are riots. If you need violence to put your message forward then perhaps your message is not worth listening to. There is no middle ground with these people, there is no compromise and they would rather destroy what they have – a dangerous proposition for Hong Kong to deal with. A proposition we task our police to deal with.
When you give these youths an inch they will take a yard and there is no clear end to their demands. The softly-softly approach of handing down community service or paltry fines has failed as a deterrent. It is a ridiculous situation and a strange way of implementing law when you can receive harsher penalties for littering, spitting or carrying an extra can of milk powder than you can if you attack an officer of the law. This is a lost generation but I look at my children and see hope. I see the younger generation look upon these radical youths with disdain. I have belief that these younger kids will not emulate the idiotic behavior displayed in recent days. I also see their acknowledgement of gratitude for a police force working ever so hard to maintain law and order.
We have attended two previous rallies in support of the police as a family, however due to the unpredictability of these radicals and for the sake of the safety of our children they will be unable to attend to show their support this time. This is a pitiful situation and one where their so called democratic freedoms work only one way. It may be just my perception but given recent arson attacks and the mentality of the people involved in the riots it is better to be safe than sorry. This is why we will support our police, to allow them to take back our streets, to safeguard our safety and to uphold the law.
On Sunday I will attend my third rally in support of the Hong Kong Police. It is now clearly time for the Hong Kong Police to adopt International standards when dealing with rioters. The Commissioner of Police needs to be bolder and stand by his officers who are doing a fantastic job, even under such strict controls. The judiciary needs to implement the full weight of the law and hand out punishments befitting the crime. The Government should come out in full support of the police force and not pander to International Media coverage.
Add oil Hong Kong Police.
Hong Kong supports you.