A week after
you were born, Hong Kong has been experiencing a crisis.
In the past
few weeks, most of the people in Hong Kong, like me, are deeply
moved by the controversy arising out of the extradition bill.
from all of us are crystal clear – calling for a bill that has not
yet been put into law be revoked, and demanding that the status quo
On the 9th of
June, it took around 9 hours for us to march from the Victoria Park
to Admiralty. Despite
the sweltering heat and a rather tardy movement, all of us and
thousands of protesters remained patient, trooping along the streets
in order and in peace.
People of all ages and from all walks of life, including families,
senior citizens, students and youngsters, flooded the main streets
of the Hong Kong Island.
Though they do not know each other, and, mostly, without any
dialogue, I, as one of them, can deeply feel that everyone here in
the mass is sharing a common view, and gearing towards the same
direction. I believe
this is an unprecedented connection. Indeed, I have witnessed and
deeply experienced the solidarity among Hong Kong people.
Disappointingly, the Government ignored the opinion of more than a
million of protesters, and decided to resume the Second Reading
debate of the Bill as scheduled.
Overwhelmed by frustration, despair, annoyance and
uncertainty, most of us were upset and furious. Hong Kong people
could no longer stand with such an arrogant Government.
the disheartened response of the Government, many people decided to
stage another protest on 12th of June and siege the LegCo Complex.
Hopefully, in such a way could spark the Government with a
sensible second thought to have the bill revoked.
Though the protest started off in a peaceful manner,
unexpectedly, with an escalated emotion of both protesters and
police, it stormed up into battled clashes around the LegCo Complex
warning, the police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray
to those protesters who were mostly gathered in a peaceful manner,
and, worse still, the journalists who were just being loyal to their
duties. Though staying
in the LegCo Complex taking care of the injured and providing
necessary backup, I did witness such unnecessary bloodshed which
resulted from an unbalanced used of force and abused of authority.
I really felt heartbroken and helplessness.
Those scenes still lingered in my mind, and I could not help
asking myself: “Do we still have hope here in Hong Kong?” “Does rule
of law still valid here in our society?”
To most of Hong Kong people, I believed, the abuse of
violence in this crackdown is clearly beyond the limits, and it is
A couple of
days after 12th of June, I come across messages from various sources
saying that the Police had been arresting anti-extradition bill
protesters while they were attending hospitals for treatment through
illegal access into the hospital’s clinical data system, or even
tapping patients’ information from frontline staff.
It was noted that, at least, five protestors were then being
detained while seeking medical help.
Besides, the sources also revealed that some of injured
protestors were reluctant to seek medical advice because of having
fear of being arrested, which, in turn, could end up with delaying
treatment of their medical conditions.
At the same time, some frontline staff also reported that
they had received instructions and requests from the hospital
management asking them to categorize and report those patients who
were suspected to participate in the recent demonstration in
extremely disturbed by these happenings not only because they
involved the breach of patient’s privacy, but also greatly affected
public’s perceptions towards the integrity and professional practice
of our frontline staff.
letters were being drafted to seek clarifications from the Hospital
Authority and the Police Force, and reiterate that patient
confidentiality should never be compromised.
Besides, these two public bodies were also reminded to stop
any unnecessary measures that would end up spreading “white terror”
among frontline health professionals.
In addition, the senior management was also requested to
review the current procedures and practices which could help
sustaining an optimal environment that meets the operational needs
of frontline staff.
Furthermore, attempt had been made to escalate these issues to the
Chief Executive during a meeting with her on 15th of June.
her signs of arrogance and conceit in her press conference, around 2
million people, including myself, most of us were in black, took
ourselves onto the streets again on 16th of June.
It was noted that the number of protestors was not only
increased substantially comparing with the previous Sunday, it was a
record high ever in the past thirty years as well.
All the people participating in this protest strongly
reiterated the following five demands:
withdrawal of the extradition bill;
Investigate responsibility to shoot;
the characterization of protest as riot;
5/. Step down
In view of
the massive protest, though the Chief Executive, later in that
evening, released a written apology and agreed to suspend the bill,
she showed no intention to revoke the bill.
Ironically, the Commissioner of Police, at the same time,
also put forward a clarification stating that the so call “riot” was
only pointing to a small group of people, namely five, who had
displayed violent acts.
Indeed, such expedient tactics only revealed that the Government
wanted to dilute the temper of the protestors.
She showed no plan to admit her wrong doings.
Not only dissatisfying with the Government’s reply which
considered to be not really addressing public’s demands, the
protestors also worried that bill could be put back for legislation
how thing unfolded over the past few weeks, the way the Government
handled this issue was indeed very disappointing.
It demonstrated a complete failure in connecting with the
public. Though the Chief
Executive and some government officials expressed apology and many
senior officials explained that “suspension” was almost equivalent
to "withdrawal", no solid answers had been make to address the
public’s major concerns.
In one way or the other, what the Government had done was actually
reinforcing the notion of “refusing listen to people” which further
intensified the crisis.
before the 1st of July, in response to this obstinate government,
two young people committed suicide.
People’s emotion was further disturbed.
To advance their discontent, the Police Headquarters was
being sieged, and
some protesters, adopting the “be water” tactic, moved around key
government buildings from Admiralty to Wanchai.
with the Chief Executive’s speech at the flag-raising ceremony,
which, again, offered no reply to the public’s demands, more than
half a million people peacefully marching from the Causeway Bay to
Admiralty on the first day of July, and thousands of protestors made
attempts to besiege the Exhibition Centre and storm the LegCo
Complex. In that late
evening, the protest finally descended into violence, and the
protesters forced their way into the Legislative Council Building.
The legislature was vandalized and turned into a state of
live broadcast that night, I was shocked and my heart was flattened.
Hong Kong people used to express their views rationally
through non-violence social movement.
While comprehending the emotion and attachment of the
protesters, confrontation and the use of violence should never be
the solution to resolve unrest and impasse.
Sadly, it was
also noted that, just recently, two more young people ended up their
precious lives in making another appeals to the Government.
that every attempt has to be made to address the existing social
tensions through trust, mutual respect and rational discourse.
To move the
city forward, I would appeal to the Government to have the courage
to adopt an open and youth-friendly attitude starting off a direct
dialogue with Hong Kong people, especially the youngsters and
students. It would be
difficult but this is what a sensible and responsible Government has
to be done.
the future of Hong Kong, the Government should take the lead to have
genuine communication, consultation and negotiation with all sectors
on issues of concern so as to restore social order and put a stop to
If that could
be done, I do envisage that Hong Kong still has a bright future!
little one, wishing you all the very best and good health!