Monday, August 21, 2017

Defiant Umbrellas












Demonstrators, wearing prison uniforms, march in protest at the jailing of the Umbrella Movement student leaders in Hong Kong, August 20, 2017. Reuters pic
 
Yesterday, thousands of Hong Kong citizens braved the oppressive heat to stream from the eastern district of Wan Chai to the Court of Final Appeal in the heart of Hong Kong Island, protesting the jail terms of Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement rallies.
 
They held signs including: “Give back hope to my children” and “One prisoner of conscience is one too many” as they gathered to show their distress and anger.
 
It had been reported that Wally Yeung, one of the three idiots masquerading as judges who handed down the jail terms, said in a written judgment there had been an “unhealthy trend” of people in Hong Kong breaking the law for the sake of their ideals and having what he described as “arrogant and self-righteous ideas”.

No wonder Hong Kong has lost its shine. 
 
Former colonial governor Chris Patten slammed the government's move to persecute the activists.
 
“The names of Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law will be remembered long after the names of those who have persecuted them have been forgotten and swept into the ashcan of history,” wrote Patten in a letter to the editor at the Financial Times on Saturday.
 
Wong, 20, is currently held in a high security prison for young male offenders. Law and Chow are at a maximum security holding center.
 
Shame on you, Hong Kong!
 
I need to exorcise this emptiness living inside me. A gnawing void. A blankness that eats you up. And so, I turn to music.



[Note: Not just the songs but the narratives are also meaningful].

Anyway, Hans Christian Andersen said it well. “Where words fail, music speaks”.

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