Archive for January 7th, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

HK Demonstrators urged not to “startle” Beijing

Between some 9,000 (or 4,600) and 30,000 Hong Kong citizens (police and organizers’ estimates respectively) called for universal suffrage on New Year’s Day, in a rally outside the Legislative Council Building (LegCo). Some of them reportedly held portraits of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), demanding the release of the prominent activist and writer who had received an eleven-year jail sentence on December 25 last year. Protesters reportedly also marched to Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong.

The protesters’ activities prompted reactions from Beijing and its proxies five days later.

In a reaction on Wednesday, trade unionist and Executive Council member Cheng Yiu-tong (郑耀棠) told them that demonstrations in front of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong were harmful for the development of Hong Kong’s political system (会对香港政制发展极为不利). Assaulting the Liaison office could startle (震惊) Beijing, Cheng told a radio show. A group of mostly young people (past-1980s, 以80后青年为主力) had scuffled with police forces outside the Liaison Office, writes Singapore’s United Morning Post.

Also yesterday, the Liaison Office’s director Peng Qinghua (彭清华) expressed his respect for the right of Hong Kongers to express their views and demands in a different way (尊重港人以不同方式表达各种意见和诉求), but that they should do so in a rational and peaceful atmosphere.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Codfish on the Rocks, Part II

The media kept telling us that we wouldn’t see a white christmas anymore, or rarely. It was pretty white this year. And Northern Europe is still “frozen”. At least nine homeless men in Germany between 42 and 62 years of age have died as a result, reports the BBC. Some schools in Northern Germany remained closed today, and may not re-open on Friday either.

But this should have counted as a normal winter one or two decades ago. As far as I can tell, we are simply ill-prepared for the season. We are running short on road salt, too.

The American Midwest reportedly expects “brutal temperatures”, at least sixty people died from a cold spell in India during the weekend, and Beijing has reportedly seen more snow (but no exceptionally brutal temperatures)  than in decades. This may be in line with a general trend on the Northern hemisphere, or a local overdose resulting from “cloud seeding”.


Codfish on the Rocks, January 8, 2009

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