9th July 2019 – (Hong Kong) After a bout of anti-extradition protests executed by Hong Kongers in particular younger students in the last few weeks, it seems like the government finally responded partially to the demands of the people by declaring the extradition bill dead and nullifying the term ‘riot’ with regards to the 12th June incident. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has also expressed a willingness to engage in a public dialogue with university students.
Meanwhile, Tuen Mun District Council members unanimously abolished the recreation area in Tuen Mun Park today to prevent street performers from engaging in lewd performance. The effective decision was reached after residents in Tuen Mun took it to the streets last Saturday as their demands fell on deaf ears for a long time.
There are several more new protests planned in Sheung Shui, Sha Tin and Tseung Kwan O on the following two weekends. It seems likely each of the 18 districts in Hong Kong may follow suit to take their issues to the streets to force government to listen to them.
As most Hong Kongers are pressurised by multiple social issues triggered by the proposed extradition bill, it is increasingly evident that protest is an effective tool to force the government to comply with their demands and to offer immediate solutions to their social issues.
We think that it won’t be long before a bigger protest is organised to demand for more public housing allocations as the wait is now more than five years for families to be allocated a flat. Government may soon need to scramble for more land to build more affordable housing if they want to emerge as a populist regime.
As anti-government sentiment is now at all time high, government should start listening to people from all districts before the protests get out of hand.