After the June 12 protests in Hong Kong, the city’s chief executive described her administration as a mother and the people of Hong Kong as a prodigal son. The statement infuriated about 30,000 mothers in the city, who signed a petition voicing their frustrations, and some are now set to rally in solidarity with the youngsters who risked themselves in the protests.
The rally, titled “Life and glass; Hong Kong’s choice” will be held tonight (July 5) at the Chater Garden in the Central District. The mothers demand that the authorities listen and act on the demands of the city’s citizens and particularly, its youth.
The five key demands were reiterated. They are : 1) The total withdrawal of the extradition bill; 2) The unconditional release of all arrested protesters without any threat of future prosecution; 3) The renunciation of the June 12 protests being characterized as “riots”; 4) The appointment of an independent commission to look into the excessive force used by the police on June 12, and; 5) Universal suffrage for Hong Kong citizens to elect a democratic government.
Eva Chan, senior lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the government is blinded by arrogance and is unable to see the pleas of the people.
The objective of the rally is to unite Hongkongers and to show support for youngsters who have been on the front lines in the protests that were met with excessive force. The police have agreed to let the rally proceed tonight.
Carrie Lam’s indifference to the situation and failure to respond to the press after four people reportedly committed suicide to raise awareness and to rally the citizens, has been blasted by mothers and supporters of the protest.
It has also been reported that after Lam’s press conference at the police headquarters in early hours of July 2, her office had omitted several questions asked by the press – including questions regarding the suicides and her accountability in the whole fiasco – from the Chinese version of the conference minutes.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association has criticized the Information Services Department, arguing that press conference minutes are important records that will be stored in the city’s archives and no details should be omitted.
Britain’s The Times applauded Hong Kong youngsters for their resistance against the Communist regime. The article showed respect for the people’s resistance, even when very few showed support overseas. World leaders have been shamed by the valour displayed by the youth, teaching leaders a valuable lesson about resistance.
The latest case of suicide reportedly caused by the controversial extradition bill took place in Cheung Sha Wan on July 3 when a 28-year-old woman jumped from her apartment building. In a suicide note, she stated her stance against the bill and her hopes for democracy in Hong Kong. This marks the fourth suicide related to the extradition bill situation.