Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen
Artist Focus
14 views
14 views

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen

Emma Phillips - April 24, 2018
119 Views

Hong Kong Handover: Emancipation or Embitterment

From the streets of Hong Kong, the Badger’s former Deputy Editor and newly-minted Foreign Correspondent Glenn Houlihan reports on the latest wave of protests; can its ‘one country, two systems’ relationship with China last?

For a territory demanding the world’s attention, Hong Kong seemed surprisingly restrained on the morning of the 1st of July. However, moments away from the business-as-usual Causeway Bay Station, the theatre of political polarisation the region has become synonymous with is playing out.

A small, but vocal, pro-Beijing demonstration marches down St George’s street, crimson flags hanging limp in the stale heat. They draw a mixture of wide-eyed appreciation – mainly from visiting Chinese tourists –  and looks of disgust from pro-democracy protesters, who are making their way towards Victoria Park for the annual Civil Human Rights Front hosted march.

Indeed, the streets adjacent to the park have been transformed into a mass of competing colours and loudspeakers, as different pro-democracy factions jostle for attention. This multifaceted Coalition (a mixture of parties and pressure groups, including the Democratic Party, Civic Party, Labour Party, Socialist Action, Democracy Groundwork and Power For Democracy, to name but a few) have come together to put one issue – democracy – at the heart of their shared campaign.

For them, the ‘one country, two systems’ method of government is irrevocably broken. With Hong Kong’s current semi-autonomous state at risk of increasing encroachment from the Chinese mainland, many fear full annexation is on the horizon.

 

The vital question remains: can mass protests really force concessions from the Beijing approved government?

For Griffith W. Jones, a member of Hong Kong’s Socialist Action, “Today historically is a protest against the Chinese erosion of human rights and democracy”, as protesters demand “more democracy within Hong Kong, and opposition to the corrupt alliance between land owners and the government.”

Asked what the next five years hold, he predicts “Increased repression and increased resistance”.

“We Hong Kong people will never, never give up the fight for democracy, human rights,  justice and freedom”

“All indications are China’s position will harden”, he argues, pointing to the arrests of activists – including Umbrella leader Joshua Wong this week – the denial of seats for democratically elected legislators, and the violence response to the occupy movement. However, the vital question remains: can mass protests really force concessions from the Beijing approved Hong Kong government? “Yes.”

Article 23 – which he compares to the U.S patriot act – was suspended in 2003, after half a million people took to the streets on this same date.

Florence Leung, a volunteer of the Demosistō H.K Civil Party, founded by Wong and legislator Nathan Law, shares this optimism, telling The Badger:

“We Hong Kong people will never, never give up the fight for democracy, human rights, justice, freedom, and all universal core values.”

She called for a collective response from the international community:

“[I] hope everyone in the human family supports our actions.”

Only time will tell whether Hong Kong’s cry for democracy is heard.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen
Artist Focus
14 views
14 views

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen

Emma Phillips - April 24, 2018
Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review
Arts
19 views
19 views

Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018
15 views

Trial & error: Sex, sass and foolishness through dance

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen
Artist Focus
14 views
Artist Focus
14 views

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen

Emma Phillips - April 24, 2018

The Badger spoke with Sussex University’s Maayan Cohen about her creative workshop, ‘Bits and Pieces.’ Can you tell us a bit about Bits and Pieces- what’s the…

Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review
Arts
19 views
Arts
19 views

Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018

As part of South East Dance’s micro-festival, Undisciplined, Voodoo comes to being as a collaboration between South East Dance and Project O. Project O brings artists Alexandrina…

Arts
15 views

Trial & error: Sex, sass and foolishness through dance

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018

For the concluding show of South East Dance’s micro-festival, Double Bill brings two short performances to The Old Market’s stage: Comebacks I thought of later by Eleanor…

An evening with Candoco Dance Company – review
Arts
22 views
Arts
22 views

An evening with Candoco Dance Company – review

Georgia Grace - April 24, 2018

Last week at the Attenborough Centre, the phenomenally unique and refreshing dance company Candoco brought to the stage a double bill of performances exploring identity, community and…

Jake Bugg at Brighton Dome
Arts
49 views
Arts
49 views

Jake Bugg at Brighton Dome

Matthew Nicholls - April 19, 2018

Following the release of his Fourth Studio album ‘Hearts that Strain’ in September 2017, Jake Bugg decided he wanted an intimate tour, and that is exactly what…

Should Instrumental Skill Still Matter?
Arts
74 views
Arts
74 views

Should Instrumental Skill Still Matter?

Rob Smith - April 19, 2018

I am not advocating that all music, no matter how little talent is required, is by default innovative. I will eagerly admit that much of the bland,…

Sussex student takes show to Brighton Fringe
Arts
74 views
Arts
74 views

Sussex student takes show to Brighton Fringe

Georgia Grace - April 18, 2018

  Final year English and Drama student Sophie Pester will be taking her original stage show A Glass Half Empty to Brighton Fringe next month. First performed…

What’s wrong with the literary canon?
Arts
63 views
Arts
63 views

What’s wrong with the literary canon?

Shiri Reuben - April 18, 2018

This elusive and slightly archaic category, 'the literary canon' seeps into what we know and what we think we know about 'good' and 'bad' literature. On a simple…

For students, where does work end and rest begin?
Features
85 views
Features
85 views

For students, where does work end and rest begin?

Lucy Pegg - April 17, 2018

Print Production Editor Lucy Pegg examines the difficult balance between work and rest for students. In an environment that blurs the line between productivity and recreation, can…

Cambridge Analytica: did Facebook share your personal data?
Science
64 views
Science
64 views

Cambridge Analytica: did Facebook share your personal data?

Luke Richards - April 14, 2018

The last couple of weeks have been tough for Facebook, as it reels from the public scrutiny it has received over its lackadaisical protection of personal data.…

Brighton Fringe comic Joseph Morpurgo on satire, Frankenstein and his fictitious nine-hour, one-man show
Arts
106 views
Arts
106 views

Brighton Fringe comic Joseph Morpurgo on satire, Frankenstein and his fictitious nine-hour, one-man show

Georgia Grace - April 13, 2018

At The Badger we sat down with multi-talented comic, three-time Chortle Award winner and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Joseph Morpurgo to discuss his show Hammerhead. Following a three-week…

Amritsar: 99 years later and still no apology
Comment
119 views
Comment
119 views

Amritsar: 99 years later and still no apology

William Singh - April 12, 2018

99 years ago on Friday, one British general marched his soldiers into an enclosed garden in the vicinity of the holy Golden Temple and sealed off the…

Talking disability, identity and inclusion through dance – Candoco preview
Arts
112 views
Arts
112 views

Talking disability, identity and inclusion through dance – Candoco preview

Georgia Grace - April 12, 2018

Candoco are a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers who, for the past 25 years, have challenged ideas about what dance can be and who gets to…

Voodoo preview
Arts
73 views
Arts
73 views

Voodoo preview

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 12, 2018

“[A] science fiction that addresses the desire, confusion and responsibility felt as individuals, who are also symbols of many long-persecuted people.” (Quoted from Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila…

Interview with Chris Watson: Take a trip to No Man’s Land this spring
Lifestyle
156 views
Lifestyle
156 views

Interview with Chris Watson: Take a trip to No Man’s Land this spring

Louisa Streeting - April 6, 2018

Sound recordist, Chris Watson, spoke to The Badger about his new installation piece featured in the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts until 13 April 2018. From…

“A moving symbol of cooperation and humanity” – COAL review
Arts
193 views
Arts
193 views

“A moving symbol of cooperation and humanity” – COAL review

William Singh - March 31, 2018

“This is not a show. It’s something else”, we’re told. Gary Clarke’s dance performance of the life and decline of Britain’s mining communities is certainly something else.…

Brighton’s craft beer festival returns in April for third year
Lifestyle
197 views
Lifestyle
197 views

Brighton’s craft beer festival returns in April for third year

Louisa Streeting - March 28, 2018

Brighton will become the hub of craft beer in more than a dozen pubs from April 27-29. The Brighton Tap Takeover returns for a third year bringing…

Young blood promotes brain regeneration
Science
135 views
Science
135 views

Young blood promotes brain regeneration

Nikolaos Manesis - March 28, 2018

On the "growing old is natural" vs "it should be medically reversed" debate, vampires have crossed the picket line from the get-go and scientists have just proven…

The educational psychology of children with autism
Science
162 views
Science
162 views

The educational psychology of children with autism

Nikolaos Manesis - March 28, 2018

The scientific field of educational psychology studies the relationship between learning processes and the individual differences in cognitive development, motivation and intelligence. The majority of children are…

Stand Up & Slam review
Arts
150 views
Arts
150 views

Stand Up & Slam review

Alex Leissle - March 28, 2018

Sometimes the best experiences are those you initially question. Stand Up & Slam is one such idea, for it is a resounding triumph of an evening. Hosted…