Hong Kong- Various pro-democracy organizations rallied from Causeway Bay to Admiralty on China’s National Day fear of a growing repression from the Beijing government.
“I am afraid that Hong Kong will never enjoy any kind of freedom, including the protest today,” said Au Nok-Hin, the vice convener of the Civil Human Rights Front.
He said he cannot think about what will happen in a year or two, but all his organization can hope for is that Hong Kong maintains their autonomy under “One Country, Two Systems.”
The protest came two week after a recent ban on a pro-independence party. It was the first time a political party was banned since the city was handed over to China from the United Kingdom in 1997.
Since the handover, Hong Kong has been governing itself under the “One Country, Two Systems,” a model that allows the city to maintain capitalism system for a peaceful reunification in the future.
“It is unimaginable at cost,” Au said in regards to the recent ban on the National Party. He also adds that the government “dig into the loop holes of the legal system to try to find anything that they can use to in order to eliminate any organization that they dislike.”
Members of the National Party said they are not calling for Hong Kong independence, and freedom of speech and gathering should be basic human rights.
Liang, a pro- Beijing activist who was unwilling to provide his full name, thinks differently. He said he worked between Shenzhen and Hong Kong for many years, and he can always express his opinion freely as long as he does not insult the Chinese government.
Sébastien Roch and Ana Terrien, two French who have settled in Hong Kong since July, were watching the rally on the bridge at Wan Chai. They said they are impressed with how organized the protestors are performed during the march despite the difference of opinions.
The rally was organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, a political group focusing on the livelihood of Hongkongers. The main theme is to express concerns on the recent ban on the Hong Kong National Party and the legislation of Article 23, and to raise awareness to the construction problem in the Shatin to Central link.