China Current Hong Kong & Macao news assistant Bandari Lee recorded important issues of Hong Kong through photographs, which happened last year. Click the following windows to see larger and clearer images.
The issues consist of the Dock Strike, Memorization of Tianansquare Protest, Confrontation of Occupy Central Forum, Demonstration to Leung Chun-ying.
On 7 February, Leung Chun-ying encounters a demonstration on his tour to the flower fairs.
Leung Kwok-hung, a member of League of Social Democrats and councilor, is waiting for Leung Chun-ying. Lew Mon-hung, Leung Chun-ying’s supporter during his elective campaign, reports that Leung fails to fulfill the promise of giving Lew certain post in return for his support.
Upon their arrival, Leung Chun-ying and his wife are surrounded by a large crowd of staffs, journalists and protesters.
After walking around here, Leung Chun-ying decides to buy some lucky bamboo.
Leung Chun-ying has much difficulty making his way in the Victoria Park.
Twenty minutes later, Leung Chun-ying and his wife leave the Victoria Park. Mrs. Leung looks exhausted.
Leung Chun-ying leaves by car. It is easy to see the sweat on his face.
April 4, dock strike
On 4 April, young members of League of Social Democrats gather in a tent outside the Berth No. 6, watching a documentary by their companions about the dock strike.
Workers on strike are looking after the donations from all parts of the society while chatting happily with young League members.
The representatives of the strikers hold a press conference, offering new information on the strike. The journalist area is now full of journalists who have been waiting through the night.
April 13, confrontation at the form on Occupy Central
Patrick Ko claims that Occupy Central will spark turmoil in Hong Kong.
At the forum, if one attempts to elaborate the vision of Occupy Central, he will be attacked by the uniformed “Caring Hong Kong Power” in the audience.
Leung Kwok-hung is satirical and defiant during his speech, so the host Sam Ng has to interrupt him now and then.
When someone delivers a speech, Tai Yiu-ting lowers his head and plays with the stickers.
When the audience speak, he works on his iPad sometimes.
Halfway through the forum, members of “Caring Hong Kong Power” suddenly make big noise as a protest against not being allowed enough time for their speech. Chan Ching-sum, the convener of this group, even stands on the table arguing and abusing.
Trapped by her opponents, Chan Ching-sum has to take a side door out.
Occupy Central supporters and opponents argue with and rebuke each other outside the venue.
Tai Yiu-ting is warmly greeted by many people and checks his schedule on iPad on invitation of interviews, events, etc.
In memory of the Tiananmen Square Protest
April 4 is the Ching Ming Festival in China. In memory of the victims in the Tiananmen Square Protest (or the June Four Protest), the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China (HKASPDM) holds a flower memorial event around Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier. This year, their slogan is “love the Country, Love the People; That’s the Hong Kong Spirit! Rectify the June Four verdict; We will never Give up!” Student Unions across Hong Kong universities, some pro-democracy councilors and citizens participate in this event.
After offering the flower wreaths, members of the standing committee of HKASPDM lead the citizens to pay tribute to the victims with white chrysanthemums.
Lee Cheuk-yan, Chairman of the HKASPDM, emphasizes in his speech that the June Four memorial event is a patriotic action. He mentions that during their campaign for universal suffrage, Hong Kong people are told by Beijing and the pro-establishment camp that the Chief Executive must “love the country and Hong Kong”. However, they endeavor to tell people through their slogans the difference between “love the country” and “love the Party”.
The man walks closer to have a look at the memorial event.
On April 5, the HKASPDM and students from City University of Hong Kong hold a concert to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protest, which is the first of its kind. The student union of City University has presented a series of events to commemorate the Protest with HKASPDM, including building the temporary June 4 Memorial Mall in the University.
At 3 p.m. on May 26, the march commemorative of the Tiananmen Square Protest sets off from the Victoria Park.
Along the route of the march, a group of young people from Hong Kong Federation of Social Work Students carry a tombstone with the names of all June Four victims, hold white paper flowers, and plead with the passing citizens for brief mourning.
Among the marchers, there is a student from China Mainland holding a paperboard on which it writes “Thank you, Hong Kong”. He says, he has to reveal his identity because he wants to voice the opinions of the mainland Chinese. When asked whether he is worried about getting himself in trouble, he forces a smile, saying that “at least I am still alive in Hong Kong after the two years.” He comes here with his schoolmates who speak Putonghua.
The marchers pass by the headquarters of Takungpao, a pro-Communist local newspaper. In 1989, Takungpao and Wenweipo, another leftist newspaper, both extensively reported the student movement. However, afterwards, they toned down their coverage of it and said nothing about the memorial events in Hong Kong. The whole Hong Kong society was shocked by Wenweipo’s blank editorial with the words “Deep Anguish” instead at its place the day after People’s Daily published the “Editorial of April 26” which aimed to stigmatize the student movement.
Large crowds of passers-by are attracted when the marchers go past the busy districts. Some people are reading the flyers handed out by HKASPDM.
The group Scholarism lead some citizens to the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government (LOCPG) after the march, appealing to the Communist government to vindicate the Tiananmen Square Protest. This time, they join the march with the slogan of “Never Forget the True History; Continue the Fight for Legitimacy of Student Movement.” A member of them says they hope to inherit the great spirit that the students in the 1989 movement demonstrated in their campaign for democracy and freedom.
The police refuse to close traffic lanes for the demonstrators of the Scholarism in the absence of No Objection Letter, which aggravates them. The Scholarism think that they have negotiated with the police in advance, although they didn’t formally apply for the No Objection Letter. Later on, the Scholarism are blocked by the police when trying to occupy a lane. Thus, they lie down on the ground, locked in a standoff with the police.
The Scholarism compromise at last and proceed with the demonstration back to the sidewalk. Joshua Wong, the convener of the Scholarism, reads the petition at the gate of the LOCPG. However, no one comes out to make a reply, thus he throws the petition into the building.
A Hong Kong citizen scatters faux paper money as offerings to the deceased in front of the LOCPG gate.
On June 1, HKASPDM organizes Tiananmen Square Protest-themed camps, welcoming HK middle school students to participate in. People simulate the scenes in the Protest and students are assigned roles.
On the after of June 1, members of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) hold a 64-hour hunger strike at Causeway Bay to identify with their predecessors in the Protest in 1989.
During the hunger strike, students write memorial remarks with chalks on the ground.
On the evening of June 1 to 3, documentaries about the June Four Protest are played on the site of the hunger strike, attracting passers-by to watch a bit. The HKFS also assign some students to discuss the June Four Protest with passers-by, and others have a rest off the site.
On June 4, a visitor copies the document at the temporary June Four Memorial Hall. There are books on the Protest, replicas of the historical relics, Hong Kong newspapers of 1989 and documentaries, etc., on exhibition.
Before the June Four evening gathering, some people spontaneously worship and offer sacrifices to the statue of the Goddess of Liberty on the site.
On June 4, a group of mourners comprised of university students and citizens sing songs to grieve for the June Four deceased at the Causeway Bay. The event of “singing songs of mourning” was initiated in 2011, intended to bring up the memory of the Tiananmen Square Protest by singing songs about pro-democracy movements.
Late on June 4, citizens who don’t agree with HKASPDM’s slogan of “Love the Country” hold their own commemorative activities at Tsim Sha Tsui. At around 8 p.m., the sudden storm brings the HKASPDM’s memorial event at the Victoria Park to an early end.
Citizens offer candles and flowers to the statues of the Soldier of Liberty.
Hong Kong nativist groups hold June Four commemorative demonstration afterwards.