The protests are being held in order to achieve universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Although democracy had been promised for 2017 in 2008, China announced this August that Hong Kong people would only be able to vote from a pool of 2-3 specially selected candidates (all of whom would definitely have pro-China sentiments)
University students held a week-long boycott of classes to protest for true democracy in Hong Kong
Today riot police were deployed against peaceful protesters. Equipped in full riot gear the police used pepper spray to deter the protesters, mainly students and youths but also some elderly people have reported being sprayed point blank
It is estimated that over 50,000 people have joined the protest and this number continues to grow
This is the largest political protest in Hong Kong since our independence from the UK in 1997
Although the protests remain peaceful, police have now started to use tear gas and have brought out long guns loaded with rubber bullets (there hasn’t yet been a report of any bullets being shot)
Over 80 arrests have been made including students as young as 16 for taking part in these protests
They are cutting cell phone receptions in the protest area so that people can’t share any information
Violence is increasing as police continue to instigate protesters
All this comes right before the October 1st celebration of the 65th anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China
There are rumours that the PLA (the Chinese army) are going to be brought into the city tonight
More facts about Hong Kong:
We run under a one country, two systems policy with China meaning that we are part of China but have our own government and laws.
Protests for universal suffrage have been held throughout the summer but these are the biggest yet
Anti-China and anti-government sentiments are at their highest levels yet. Survey results showed that 1 in 5 people are thinking of emigrating from the city.
In June, China issued a white paper essentially telling Hong Kong to remember their place and re-asserting their authority over the city
The scenes from the protest look awful. In my 17 years in Hong Kong I’ve never seen anything like it. The world needs to know about this and say something before we get a recurrence of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
I hope everyone stays safe. Hong Kong stay strong.
Shit happened to Ferguson is happening in Hong Kong right now!
Students were just protesting peacefully for genuine democracy around Admiralty and Central, yet the police forced used pepper spray, tear gas and violence to disperse the crowd. According to the protesters, the police even raided a first aid booth with pepper spray.
no i dont want to be a billionaire to live a lavish lifestyle i want to be a billionaire to be financially secure and have enough money to give people things and support charities and fund kickstarters and leave hundred dollar tips
so my plan for halloween is to dress up as a Nazgul with my black horse and go trick or treating but instead of saying “trick or treat” i’ll either scream or hiss “Bagginssssssssss, Shhhhhhhire” and then ransack their villages in my search for the One Ring
"You can’t pay $60,000 a year? Sorry, you can’t go to college."
"You dropped out of school to earn money and now you’re at a dead-end job? Why didn’t you just go to college?"
My life. Literally my life.
Oh but wait - I was 24, living at home, working two jobs and caring for and financially supporting my mentally ill and disabled mother and four younger siblings. When I tried to apply for financial assistance I was told I was just over the income threshold. Why? Because I was 24 and living at home so clearly had no expenses and was being supported by my parents so I shouldn’t have needed much financial help with school. Except not so much right?
OH, and THENit was suggested that if I had children I would be in a better position because then I would qualify for the tuition assistance I was seeking. Right, because you know what would be a brilliant life choice in that situation? Having a baby I couldn’t afford and for which I would have neither time nor resources to support. Yep. Brilliant. Asshats.
I love pirates because they have no concept on albeism. oh you have no leg? here have a peg leg. no hand?? well guess we gotta put a hook on that, give those sons of bitches a surprise. Blind in one eye, put an eyepatch on no one fucking cares, youre deaf??? go man the canons you glorious bastard.They dont care if youre disabled bcus as long as you can fuck shit up they literally dont fucking care.
I never thought about it this way. This is beautiful.
the only domestic instinct my parents have managed to pass on to me is the tendency to hoard multiple plastic bags in another plastic bag despite the fact that I will probably never need this many plastic bags in my adult life