Here’s what you get for your tax money!
No doubt the police operation took weeks to plan and cost millions. Are you happy that’s where your tax money went? The Government is pretty frivolous with the money you give it, but isn’t too interested to hear feedback from the public. What kind of a deal is that?
Certainly, it didn’t have to be like this… an easier and cheaper option would have been to sit down and negotiate with the protesters and come to some settlement where they left of their own accord, taking all their stuff with them and leaving Admiralty as they found it. This wasn’t a bridge too far! No need to renounce the 31/8 decision to negotiate a withdraw. Only a government so far detached from the people as HK’s would see a massive operation like today as a better option.
Certainly, police will go home and complain to their families, “You should’ve seen the mess the protesters left." Well, the reality is, that’s the HKGov’s mess. They created this problem and it was dutifully supported by the police. It’s not a given that a police force should support a government that is so deeply despised by so many of its citizens. One has to seriously worry when a government will mobilize an entire army of police against its citizens rather than talk to them. Police are not an instrument of politics. CY and CCP have yet to learn this and think that they can meet opposition with batons and waves of blue. But the people are not intimidated and are instead energized by this whole experience.
After 75days of Occupy, it very much feels like the beginning rather than the end of something big. In fact, I’m going to take it one step further and say, today was actually the BIRTH of the Umbrella Generation.
On the 28th September, they were brought into life from the spark of the CS gun and have spent the last 75 days gestating in the Admiralty womb; learning politics, discussing tactics or exploring their hopes and dreams for the future. Today the police came like a midwife and ejected them from their safe cosy protest womb and out into Hong Kong’s mean streets, well, not so mean if you can avoid the police batons!
Thousands of people are now at large in society, supercharged on political reform. They can no longer rely on listening to the HKFS or Scholarism speeches to inspire them. They’re on their own. They know what they want and it’s now up to them to start making it happen.
From a tactical point of view, it’s your worst nightmare if you truly wanted to put a lid on this. Thousands of splinter cells have been released into society and there is no telling where they will show up again. Certainly they know the power of the State and the police and are not fazed and are actively working on new ways to challenge it.
So, as we all look in wonder at the dump trucks cleaning up the debris, or afterbirth of the Movement’s birth, time will tell what the children of the revolution will get up to. With so many holidays coming up, I doubt we will have to wait long before we see new methods. Better cancel that Xmas holiday Inspector. Oh, and that New Year break, and the Chinese New Year dive holiday. Not going to happen officer, the people will be exercising their innovation. Some actions they may get wrong, others will be as successful as Occupy, and you know who is to blame….
CY and his Beijing cronies.
Hong Kong is not asking for a miracle, only for you to represent us fairly.