Daily Archives: February 2, 2015

BLOG – Yellow & Blue Clash in Tai Po: Analysis from the ‘New Frontline’ by Richard Scotford

A guest post by Richard Scotford.

To understand what happened in Tai Po yesterday you have to first know what happened in Kwun Tong last weekend.

A lot of money is now being pumped into grassroots groups that support the Blue Ribbons, which are flush with cash but short on real, quality support. In comparison, local Pro-Democracy groups are all but penniless, but have growing, hardcore support. The CCP wishes to turn these groups against one another. This is a classic CCP tactic, or create enemies and contradictions between the people so people fight people leaving the CCP to pillage unfettered and uncriticised. The CCP have being instigating this kind of class struggle since their inception and they have a lot of experience with it. However, what they don’t have experience with are genuinely civic minded groups that can’t just be locked up for a decades to remove the problem. Meaning, that in HK, their tried and tested methods don’t get the traction they’re used to on the Mainland.

CY Leung

Via Richard Scotford

Which brings us back to Kwun Tong. Last Sunday the Blue Ribbons had a stage set up. There are several videos of the speakers on stage and one can confidently say that what they were advocating wasn’t really resonating with the passers-by. What was interesting is that anyone who tried to film the stage was quickly surrounded by a number of people who blocked the camera and acted menacingly. Which beggars the question, why are they making a public stage if they don’t want their message to be filmed and recorded? Maybe the person filming wanted to promote the message? The reality is these groups are very exclusive, not inclusive. They may be on the streets spreading their message, but their target audience is generally reserved for a small group of people who think exactly like them. Any challenging questions will be quickly met with intimidation, violence and gestures for you to leave.

BLOG – Police Action in Tai Po Called into Question

‘Front-line’ protest groups, such as Frontline Democracy, the Faculty of Orchid Gardening and Civic Passion, gathered in Tai Po yesterday facing off with police and pro-government protesters led by Leticia Lee.

Six people, including five police officers were injured during scuffles and three men were arrested. Two of them remain in custody for questioning, one has been released, according to police.

In one clip of the unrest posted by @lostdutchhk, police are seen holding a man in a chokehold embrace before he apparently loses consciousness. 

HELPERS – The ‘Live-In’ Rule Hurts Helpers & Employers: It’s Time to Scrap It

By Meredith McBride of HK Helpers Campaign.

Last week, 20 immigration officers visited Ma Wan village on Park Island to arrest four domestic workers, whose crime was living under a different roof than their employers.

Two employers of one of the women were also arrested and later released on bail. The male employer told the South China Morning Post: “Some employers that have a live-in nanny make them work up to 18 hours a day and some I know don’t even get a day off.”

An immigration officer reported that the four women were arrested on suspicion of making false representations to an immigration officer. Under clause three of the standard employment contract, both parties agree that the domestic worker will live at the same premises as the employer.

According to the Hong Kong Labour Department, infringing clause three is akin to making a false representation to an immigration officer, and carries a maximum punishment of $150,000 in fines and 14 years in prison. Domestic workers accused of the same could be black-listed and deported. By contrast, in the recent trial against a local Hong Kong employer for grievous bodily harm with intent, the accused faces a maximum jail time of seven years if found guilty.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Rainer Torrado’s Unique Take on Hong Kong’s Neon Signs

Hong Kong’s neon signs are usually shot face-on, but Spanish photographer Rainer Torrado has produced a unique take on the the city’s iconic lights.

Shot vertically from below during night time, the glowing neon tubes contrast with the night sky. “Structural wires act as a testimony of the human intervention on a dark, ruthless nature,” Torrado writes.