ACTIVISM – HK’s Terrifying Halloween-themed Anti-Poverty March 20


Left 21 believes that the scariest thing about HK this Halloween is the city’s ever-increasing poverty gap…

And so, over the weekend, a Hong Wrong contributor joined them for a terrifying ‘Ghosts of the Hungry Poor’ rally…

The horror-themed protest left shoppers bemused as demonstrators chanted for justice around Kowloon’s busiest shopping areas.

Left 21 member, Aloi, explained that they were “here to demand the government have some policy to alleviate the poverty problem in Hong Kong… Hong Kong is a haven of capitalism – we’re here to demand… the kind of tax system that will lead to a redistribution of wealth”.

The group called for a progressive tax system and a millionaire tax on HK’s wealthiest individuals and super-rich conglomerates.

In the shadow of TST’s most luxurious stores, they also called for an increase in public housing to tackle the property crisis as well as full universal suffrage and democracy.

Their Facebook event decried the widening wealth gap in HK. “1.3 million poor! 300,000 elderly in poverty! 220,000 people are living in subdivided flats! Is this for real!? …Incapable Chief Executive CY Leung has said he cannot solve the poverty; we have no choice but to march”.

Marchers passed through Mongkok’s Sai Yeung Choi Street, Li Ka Shing’s 1881 mall in TST and ended at the headquarters of the Dark Lord himself – the Cheung Kong Centre.

Left 21 alliance “was founded by a group of like-minded individuals based in Hong Kong with the aim of promoting and creating discussion on left-wing thought.” Click here to learn more about their aims.

The protest was followed by a ‘Deliberation Day’ meeting at the Cheung Kong Centre where members discussed the importance of democracy, achieving equality in HK and Occupy Central… Civilised and peaceful, the day of protest passed in-keeping with HK’s great tradition of nonviolent dissent.

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via Left21 FB

Apple Daily covered the demo (Chinese), though no English press were present.

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via Apple Daily

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via Apple Daily

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  • How about a tax on luxury goods? Two birds with one stone: it’s not regressive, because nobody *needs* the latest tat from Tiffany or Prada, and it might help persuade a few of these chains to have less outlets, so the real Hong Kong can come back.

    Yeah, pipe dream, I know.

    • Matt Wiersum

      and reduce the orgy of mainlanders flocking to the stores

    • Andreas

      Your idea definitely has merit. For that matter, luxury vehicles are already de facto taxed as luxury goods given the import and road tax rate structures.

      Apart from stemming the tide of mainland shoppers, this might also serve to bring rents down in shopping centers. Smaller, non-extreme-luxury shops are being increasingly crowded out by yet another Louis Vuitton.

      The problem with taxes on luxury goods is that they easily become arbitrary. Is a handbag a luxury good (most women use one, after all), and if so which ones are?

  • How about a tax on luxury goods? Two birds with one stone: it’s not regressive, because nobody *needs* the latest tat from Tiffany or Prada, and it might help persuade a few of these chains to have less outlets, so the real Hong Kong can come back.

    Yeah, pipe dream, I know.

    • Matt Wiersum

      and reduce the orgy of mainlanders flocking to the stores

    • Andreas

      Your idea definitely has merit. For that matter, luxury vehicles are already de facto taxed as luxury goods given the import and road tax rate structures.

      Apart from stemming the tide of mainland shoppers, this might also serve to bring rents down in shopping centers. Smaller, non-extreme-luxury shops are being increasingly crowded out by yet another Louis Vuitton.

      The problem with taxes on luxury goods is that they easily become arbitrary. Is a handbag a luxury good (most women use one, after all), and if so which ones are?

  • Joseph Lau

    Poverty really?This really shows that some unscrupulous Hong Kongers wiil say anything just to annoy the mainland. The fact is that HK is more prosperous than when it was controlled by the brits.Some poor people are just plain lazy or spoiled by the british welfare system,If you really want to reduce poverty, start by proposing an anti-gold digging law that prohibits DH’s from easily marrying locals by doing a background check.You won’t believe how many kids and relatives from their backwards country are immigrated here yearly.At least the mainland brings money( who can’t deny that?) unlike these ugly gold diggers( I swear to god,I don’t know what locals see in them)they bring savages that can’t wait to have it easy here with welfare while we work!

    • Tom

      Cage homes, sub-divided flats, elderly scavengers – the widest rich/poor gap in the entire developed world, and it’s worsened since handover. Get your facts straight.

      • Joseph Lau

        Hong Kong is changing as China is slowly regaining its rightful place in Asia.Filipinos are so clueless that they don’t realize they are living in the wrong century. I really hope our chief executive will really ban them from working here.They really have to learn this the hard way.I take no pleasure in seeing them slowly starve just because HK won’t let them clean toilets anymore.But seeing justice working while this takes place cannot be denied. Indonesians should be permitted to work here as their country recognizes China’s emergence By giving Xi his well-deserved welcome in their homeland. Our culture for thousands of years shows that we can be great as friends but our sense of Justice is unshakable when you choose to be our enemies.

    • Andreas

      Joseph Lau, in a response to a previous article you say you are a Filipino Hong Kong resident. (http://hongwrong.com/racist-elevator/) Now you want laws to be enacted against people from “a backwards country” that are “ugly”. I’m confused. In a response to this article http://hongwrong.com/manila-bus-switcharoo/ you call Filipinos savages.

      Are you confused about your own identity?

      • Joseph Lau

        Being a half-chinese and half-filipino does not make me blind of facts.

  • Joseph Lau

    Poverty really?This really shows that some unscrupulous Hong Kongers wiil say anything just to annoy the mainland. The fact is that HK is more prosperous than when it was controlled by the brits.Some poor people are just plain lazy or spoiled by the british welfare system,If you really want to reduce poverty, start by proposing an anti-gold digging law that prohibits DH’s from easily marrying locals by doing a background check.You won’t believe how many kids and relatives from their backwards country are immigrated here yearly.At least the mainland brings money( who can’t deny that?) unlike these ugly gold diggers( I swear to god,I don’t know what locals see in them)they bring savages that can’t wait to have it easy here with welfare while we work!

    • Tom

      Cage homes, sub-divided flats, elderly scavengers – the widest rich/poor gap in the entire developed world, and it’s worsened since handover. Get your facts straight.

      • Joseph Lau

        Hong Kong is changing as China is slowly regaining its rightful place in Asia.Filipinos are so clueless that they don’t realize they are living in the wrong century. I really hope our chief executive will really ban them from working here.They really have to learn this the hard way.I take no pleasure in seeing them slowly starve just because HK won’t let them clean toilets anymore.But seeing justice working while this takes place cannot be denied. Indonesians should be permitted to work here as their country recognizes China’s emergence By giving Xi his well-deserved welcome in their homeland. Our culture for thousands of years shows that we can be great as friends but our sense of Justice is unshakable when you choose to be our enemies.

    • Andreas

      Joseph Lau, in a response to a previous article you say you are a Filipino Hong Kong resident. (http://hongwrong.com/racist-elevator/) Now you want laws to be enacted against people from “a backwards country” that are “ugly”. I’m confused. In a response to this article http://hongwrong.com/manila-bus-switcharoo/ you call Filipinos savages.

      Are you confused about your own identity?

      • Joseph Lau

        Being a half-chinese and half-filipino does not make me blind of facts.

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  • Most definitely i’ll very likely produce eso gold.