13th July 2019 – (Hong Kong) A group of civilians stencilled white giant Chinese characters, ‘We are against use of violent force, I want genuine democratic election’ on Centre Street in Sai Ying Pun yesterday evening.
According to many Hong Kongers, “Hong Kong people will not be able to have meaningful choices. There will be no genuine election. We can not accept this kind of system.”
China’s leaders had promised Hong Kong during its transition from British rule in 1997 that there would eventually be direct elections for the city’s chief executive and lawmakers. After waiting for nearly two decades for the right to vote and stand for elections as described in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Beijing is loathe to even loosen its grip on the levers of power.