High Tide (September 21st 2015) – Daily political round up

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Hong Kong blamed for failing to ‘de-colonialise’; Four arrested at ‘shopping tour’ 300-day anniversary event; Seven more members leave Democratic Party.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

AFCD urges hikers to ‘take litter home’
– The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) launched a public education campaign themed “Take your litter home” to urge hikers to take their waste away
– According to the department, Hong Kong’s country parks attract more than an annual average of 11 million visitors who brought about some 3,800 tonnes of waste last year
– The department had reduced the number of litter bins from 2870 to 2385 since 2010

LegCo Panel on Education to visit Germany and Switzerland
– A delegation formed by members of the LegCo Panel on Education departed for Germany to conduct an overseas duty visit in Germany and Switzerland
– The visit will focus on acquiring information concerning vocational education and training (VET) as well as implementation of kindergarten education and integrated education
– The delegation is led by deputy chairman of the panel Ip Kin-yuen from the Education sector

Political (General)

Former Beijing handover chief says Hong Kong failed to endorse ‘de-colonisation’
– Chen Zuo’er, former chief Chinese negotiator over the handover and former Basic Law Committee member, blamed Hong Kong’s failure to implement ‘de-colonisation‘ while allowing an upsurge of ‘de-sinofication’ for its economic downfall compared to neighbouring cities
– Chen said the trend “harms the ‘two systems’ under the ‘one country'” and “creates serious internal strife”
– CY Leung, not following the rhetoric this time, said one of Hong Kong’s advantages lies in its bilingual (ch) society while Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam stated that only few Hongkongers stand against the notion of ‘one country’ and said Chen should show more tolerance and trust (ch) to the people
– Meanwhile, the Law Society of Hong Kong hit back at Zhang Xiaoming’s remarks on separation of powers in Hong Kong, stating that “the Basic Law enshrines the principle that there must be a separation of powers”

Clashes erupt as ‘shopping tour’ activists mark 300-day anniversary
– Four were reportedly arrested as clashes erupted at a discussion forum in Mong Kok to mark the 300-day anniversary of the ‘shopping tour‘ protest
– A man with facial injuries was said to have interrupted the event and was later escorted by police
– Dozens of protesters were gathering outside the police station in Mong Kok at midnight, urging the release of the four participants
– Meanwhile, an “I Want Genuine Universal Suffrage (ch)” banner was spotted on the footbridge to the Government Complex but was later removed by police

Nine Youngspiration candidates to run for DC elections
– Localist organisation ‘Younspiration (ch)’ announced that nine of its members will run for the upcoming district council elections in four districts namely Central & Western District (Kwun Lung, Kennedy Town & Mount Davis), Yau Tsim Mong District (Tai Nan, Tai Kok Tsui South, Mong Kok North), Kowloon City District (Whampoa East, Whampoa West), and Kwai Tsing District (Tsing Yi South, Cheung On)
– Meanwhile, seven more members, including Sha Tin councillor Chris Mak Yun-pui who are all in their 20s and 30s, left the Democratic Party, blaming the party’s New Territories East branch for not being supportive of young members
– There were more government officials (including Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam and Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung) attending the opening ceremony of the first office of Ronny Tong’s ‘Path of Democracy (ch)’ than his former compatriots in the Civic Party

More than 15,000 join LGBTQ rally in Admiralty
– More than 15,000 reportedly attend a gay equality rally organised by Pink Dot, an LGBTQ rights advocacy group, outside the Government Complex
– Distinguished attendants included Equal Opportunities Commissioner York Chow, US Consul General Clifford Hart and local celebrities Gregory Wong, Anthony Wong and Denise Ho