Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sunday Sign of Hope October 7th 2007

Thousands in Hong Kong rally for full democracy

Take note here Middle East, this is how you get heard.

From Reuters:

Thousands of people in Hong Kong took part in a democracy march and a world-record breaking attempt using umbrellas, calling for a faster pace of democratic reforms and direct elections in 2012.

Gathered in a large park, around 5,000 people hoisted yellow umbrellas to form a massive yellow "2012" which is the date the pro-democracy camp wants direct elections to be realized.

"Fighting for democracy means you have to fight for democracy. Democracy is not going to fall from the sky," said legislator Ronny Tong, a chief organizer of Sunday's "Umbrella" rally, which he hopes will gain an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Hong Kong's mini-constitution promises direct elections as the "ultimate aim" but is vague on a timetable, giving Beijing's leaders scope to dictate the pace of progress. In 2004, Beijing ruled out direct elections in the city until at least 2012.

Numerous public opinion polls have shown a majority of Hong Kong people would like to see direct elections in 2012, the earliest available window.

Sunday's activities are seen by some as a last symbolic push by the pro-democracy camp, before a watershed public consultation on constitutional reform ends on Wednesday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

because "democracy" is working so well for us in the U.S. this administration is under the impression they're royalty

October 11, 2007 7:39 AM  

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