I really didn’t want to write this, especially since MDW isn’t a political blog or some news outlet. But I felt compelled to write
So if you don’t know, I’m based in Hong Kong and I consider this place home, although I was not born or raised here. I have
It also helps that I speak the language.
The recent civil unrest and mass demonstrations in Hong Kong
I’m saying it right now.
Hong Kong people are not oppressed. There is freedom of speech and our legal system has not been tampered or encroached by Mainland China. Yet, there’s still 30 years until China is legally allowed to start changing things up in Hong Kong.
The extradition bill, that has not been passed yet is not perfect but it’s not so bad that it can rationalize the reaction and behaviour of many, but not all, in this city.
What is the extradition bill?
The extradition bill is between Hong Kong, China and thus legally, Macau and Taiwan to organize and cooperate local law enforcement for better criminal justice. Just like any other extradition bill that exists in the world.
Hong Kong as of writing has over 20 extradition agreements with other sovereignties, but we somehow do not have one with our closest neighbors in both geography, culture, and language.
The Hong Kong government has already allowed amendments to the details to exclude economic and political crimes after the initial fear of China prosecuting the corrupt wealthy or opposing politicians and activities.
The bill also only applies to individuals that are facing a minimum of 7 years or up and must be passed by Hong Kong courts before the extradition can take place.
Which, interestingly enough, one wealthy businessman is famously escaping a
So why the mass hysteria?
As I said earlier, the bill is not perfect. China is allowed to open old cases up and there is a lack of legal protection the person is guaranteed to have. Not that they are not allowed to have, but it’s not written that they must have.
The other big issue is the Taiwan part of the agreement. China and Taiwan is a whole other conversation I really don’t want to get into, I just implore anyone who feels passionate about the issue to take a history lesson.
But the reason why Hong Kong people are (in, my honest opinion) overreacting is that they don’t trust China.
No matter what amendment is made to the black on white in that bill, Hong Kong people don’t trust China to uphold it. Coupled with the general discontent with the current government and the recent years of social culture, you get many young Hong Kong people ready to fight at the slightest opportunity you give them.
But does that mean this extradition bill should be scraped?
But for the violence, mass demonstrations and the amount of anger shown on the streets by people…simply make no sense.
So what do you do when the masses are using their emotions to react and not looking at the facts for what they are?
I honestly don’t know.
Why should Hong Kong scrap an extradition bill that will help keep Hong Kong criminals running away? But how on earth do you pass a bill that, no matter what you say or how many
On record, Hong Kong is harboring 300+ known criminals from China and without this extradition bill, they will carry on living in Hong Kong as free individuals.
The case that started all of this was a young man who already admitted killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan, will be set to walk the streets as a free man by the end of this year after serving his money laundering sentence.
Why? because we don’t have the legal system in place for Taiwan to request his arrest and our law enforcement has no ground to arrest him in Hong Kong.
I feel sorry for the girl’s family. Because in recent news, Taiwan’s government has said that regardless of the bill
It’s these moments that give me the urge to write this. No matter how much hate I will get if Hong Kong people read this. (Good thing my audience is mostly in
You may say Hong Kong is right to not trust China.
But does that
But trust is a funny thing. It’s heavily dependent on perception and that’s heavily dependent on emotions.
Currently, as I write this, teachers are encouraging students as young as 13 to go to the demonstration areas. Transport worker union leaders are trying to get people to stop working. Young people are practicing civil disobedience within the subway network. Church leaders are bringing entire congregations to demonstrate and social workers are banding together to bring as many bodies present.
But from my personal experience when talking to various people. Many don’t know the details of the bill. Some do, but many do not.
Many do not fully understand why they want it scrapped. They just know they’re angry. Many reasons I hear are misguided or completely false, but they’re very passionate about their anger and hatred towards the government and China.
They’re all just scared of Chinese authorities “kidnapping” people off the streets of Hong Kong.
It might sound funny to you, if you’re not from Hong Kong, but for Hong Kong people, this fear of the “
It initiated the mass immigration during the 1997 handover and this current issue has already started many Hong Kong people to “flee” to Canada and Australia.
But like every fear mongering event, things calmed down and many moved back to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the safest and freest places I have ever been.
And that’s a lot coming from a person who has lived extensively in over 10 locations, in 3 countries.
Think whatever you may think after hearing authorities tell you Hong Kong is being doomed by China. Feel whatever you may feel after reading comments, or seeing photos online.
But maybe, before you come to a set conclusion you should take the news as bare facts without the emotional fillers that may influence