New year and same old issues – protests against (and for) government, disorderly conduct by politicians and the people of Hong Kong are feeling financial pressures. Happy 2013!
Protesters march to oppose and support Leung Chun-ying
Five protest marches opposing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration and two marches supporting Leung were held on Hong Kong island yesterday. The largest of the marches was that of the Civil Human Rights Front. Organizers said that 130,000 people took part, a number far exceeding the police’s estimate of 17,000 people measured when the protest departed Victoria Park. The Hong Kong University Public Opinion Programme said that 30,000 people took part in the protest in Wan Chai. Although protests in support and in opposition to Leung occupied the space in front of the government headquarters at the same time, there were no fights between the groups. The only exception was one case where a man seized a protest banner from another protester. Civil Human Rights Front has also mentioned several other cases of disorderly conduct directed at their protest.
Police arrest three politicians for disorderly conduct
Last night, police arrested some protesters taking part in the march organized by People Power for obstructing traffic by sitting in the middle of the road and on tram tracks. The arrested protesters included legislator Leung Kwok-hung, former legislator and Eastern District Council member Tsang Kin-shing, and Tan Dezhi of the People Power party. By midnight, the arrests were still in progress.
Financial concerns put pressure on Hong Kong people
According to a new survey, both adults and children in Hong Kong feel pressured when it comes to money. For adults, the financial concerns revolve around clothing, food and housing. Adults also feel pressured by work problems. For children, the main sources of pressure are their academic progress and a feeling that they do not have enough petty cash to spend. As for the things they wish for most, 30 percent of adults would most like to buy a house, while students would most like to see academic progress. One academic says that adults’ financial concerns are linked to continuous inflation and rising land prices and that their worries are spilling over into the next generation.