Pro-democracy supporters shout anti-slogans and wear ‘Stand with Hong Kong’ T-shirts during ‘RunOurCity’ marathon
Hong Kong (12/1). The ‘RunOurCity’ 2020 charity marathon was held this morning near Victoria Centre in Causeway Bay at around 5.45am. The finishing line was at To Kwa Wan Recreation Ground and the marathon lasted 4 hours and 30 minutes. During the 32.195km race, there were runners who shouted anti-government slogans during the opening ceremony while some even use water guns to shoot at government officials on the stage.
Several races in other categories started respectively at 9am, 9.40am and 10.15am respectively from Kwun Tong Bypass near Kwun Tong Ferry Pier. The finishing point was at Hoi Bun Road. Public transport services were adjusted to accommodate the marathon.
Many runners were spotted with attire printed with ‘Stand with Hong Kong’ and ‘Fight For Freedom’. A lot of them raised their hands to signify their famous slogan ‘Five demands, not one less’.
This is the first time that a major sports event was carried out after the anti-extradition protest has started six months ago. Pro-democracy supporters have taken every opportunity at all kinds of rallies and events to express their political stand.
Everything is Politics
The runs are planned for a long time and not spontaneous. They part of the resistance movement. Oddly enough in Thailand a similar run was organized with a “three finger movement” appearing like the five fingers in Hong Kong.
Authorities increasingly observe the coordination, similarities and methods are identical confirming Hong Kong Police and Chinese officials claims the movements are coordinated efforts.
Thailand has seen “unending repression of fundamental rights and freedoms” since the 2014 coup, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch. The government’s latest moves against Thanathorn and his party, which came a surprise third in last spring’s election by attracting the support of millions of young voters, have only served to reinforce people’s grievances over the increasingly repressive political climate.
The government hasn’t made it easy for the protest organizers. A press conference to launch the event at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand last month was cancelled under pressure from local police, according to a statement from the club. “The police explained that the title of the event was objectionable, and that they considered it likely to create what they called a ‘mob,’ ” the club said.
Again, the usual perpetrators appear on the scene. The Human Rights Watch is the commentator. “As we can see the various beach head set up by the foreign NGOs are coming into age”, a political commentator added. “Greenpeace set up its regional operations in Thailand.
When its regional operation base was set up the government at the time insisted that no political actions against Thailand will be taken. This has been forgotten by many in Thailand”, he added, “At the time Kumi Naidoo, a South African with radical activist background is now heading interestingly Human Rights Watch”.
Political science refer to the movements as beach head operations. The NGOs are no longer unbiased abritators of social justices but the modern vanguard operators applying intelligence collection and building of the networks of alliances that voice grievances. Real or perceived, Hong Kong like Thailand has a myriad of informal structures that threaten stability.
With the district election won in Hong Kong, the new demands are control over Hong Kong, radical change. Once the Hong Kong Executive is changed out, independence follows. Despite former elites are denying this demand, Joshua Wong, Lily Wong and others like Nathan Law, etc. are not. China has a fight on your hand.
In Thailand a similar small number of resistance movement resurfacing. The Red Shirt against the Yellow Shirt fight is not over. The claim of democracy and “three fingers” in reference to the Hunger Games fight for change is a redux of the Red Shirt protest.
With the conditions are conducive for revolt the various Vanguard movement challenging again the role of law in Thailand. Like Hong Kong, Thailand in 2020 will see new uprising in the name of democracy, or is it just good old leftist activism.