Hong Kong Colonial Flag and the Dragon and Lion Flag Draw Concern from Beijing
400,000 people took to the street to protest against “liar” CY Leung. Kwai To (*the author) heard that apart from the large number of protesters, Beijing is also astounded by a big increase in protesters who waved the British flag and “the Dragon and Lion Hong Kong flag”. It is said that the situation has drawn concern from Beijing and activities of “Hong Kong Autonomous Organisation” will be under close scrutiny. A pan-democratic source claims that Beijing has always been sending people to sneak into groups of protesters to record their sizes and demands. In fact, they had already noticed that there were people waving the British flag and “the Dragon and Lion Hong Kong” Flag in last year July 1st protest. Since the number of these people weren’t large and their chants weren’t radical, the authority ignored them.
Hong Kong Independence Chants Scare Beijing
However, this time, the number of concerned people increased dramatically – British flags and “the Dragon and Lion Hong Kong” flags became a little sea of flags. Many of them shouted chants of Hong Kong independence. 15 anniversary of Handover, Hong Kong has bred a group of people who are pro-Britain and support Hong Kong independence, and their number is increasing. How not to tell the Hong Kong authority, which treats splitting up the motherland to be a serious crime, to be clam?
In fact, in the eyes of Hongkonger and pan-democrats, the so-called local movement or “Hong Kong Autonomous Movement” is not a mainstream political stand of Hong Kong. Not many Hongkonger support this belief. Hong Kong has all sorts of political parties. There is no need to fuss about it. Is it a bit out of line to treat a kitten as a tiger?
郭: Actually, “Hong Kong Autonomous Movement” is neither “obsess with colonialism” nor “support Hong Kong independence”. HKAM advocates defence of Hong Kong local value and culture. We also defend sovereignty of Hong Kong. We want “Hongkongers rule Hongkongers”, not “Communists rule Hongkongers”. This is the so called autonomous!
郭 (*continues) : The defence of the lion and dragon and the blending of the East and West – That is the flag of Hong Kong City-State Movement. Chinese dragon, English lion, the Hong Kong dragon and lion flag contains the spirit of the blending of the East and West, narrates the history of Hong Kong and defends the city-state of Hong Kong. This flag inherits the flag of British Hong Kong and the Chinese characters “Hong Kong” were added. The background was changed from white to royal blue of elegant and freedom. The flag symbolises the autonomy of Hong Kong.
Tsui: Now I openly question you, Apple, are you fabricating information of HKAM?! Is it because HKAM condemns that Democratic Party has became pro-Bejing?
Everyone pays attentions to the main point of the article: “In fact, in the eyes of Hongkonger and pan-democrats, the so-called local movement or “Hong Kong Autonomous Movement” is not a mainstream political stand of Hong Kong. Not many Hongkonger support this belief.”
葉: Apple Daily is **** and I am not. The dragon and lion flag advocates the real one country two systems. It is not a symbol of Hong Kong independence. Why does Apple mix up people who cherish the memory of good old days by waving Hong Kong colonial flags and those who strive for Hong Kong autonomy by waving the dragon and lion flags with those who want to get independence? Suppressing autonomous movement as it is not the value of political parties and unfairly labelling them as “love to be ruled by British”? I warn Apple that the number of people who support autonomous movement increase dramatically. Therefore, please don’t make false accusations
林: I had lived in Hong Kong for 21 years and had never paid attention to the dragon and lion flag of Hong Kong. 2 years ago, I saw this flag appear in a protest and therefore looked it up online, it was like a few days ago I specifically looked up how did “water barriers” look like, in order to broaden horizon. The rise of the dragon and lion flag is obviously the result of government oppression. The people of Hong Kong, especially young people, are strongly discontented with “re-colonisation”. Since this colonialiation is worse than the previous one, young people who have never “enjoyed” British rule dream about it. This is the irony of history.
Netizens’ comments on Hong Kong Colonial Flag and the Dragon Lion Flag
地上最傻: Socialist Action misunderstood us. When we walked past them, they said anti-imperialism. And they told us not to split China and Hong Kong apart. The reason we waved this flag is not because we want to be ruled by Britain but because we want to cherish the old days.
無樓比人賤: This is the second time I brought Hong Kong flag to protest. Many 30 to 60 year-old, at least more than 50 people, asked to borrow the flag to wave and take photos. Many said that they miss pre-97 Hong Kong and British rule, they also said only this flag can represent Hong Kong. A few people even said Long Live the Queen and the colony.
精子對撞機: In the belief of other countries, there is only “independence”. You guy still want to be a colony. You are a laughing stock of the world media.
Elton_John^2: Using the flag of the previous sovereignty (to represent independence) is a common sense.
蘭子案: I faintly remember that the red and white of American flag is from the British colonial flag.
濕膠王: That’s why Beijing is afraid of the dragon and lion flag. The 50 stars on the American flag was originally a Union Jack.
千里鵰狸獅狒: Actually, we don’t need to shout any chants after taking this flag out. Because this is the greatest humiliation to HKSAR, Sai Wai (*Liaison Office is located in there. ), and Beijing. One country two systems, highly autonomy, piss off! I want the old Hong Kong back.
粵港剿總司令: I am a pan-Chinese nationalist and support the use of Hong Kong Colonial flag. This is a way to face the history squarely. This is even a way to make Beijing lose face. What’s the problem? I bought mine to the protest as well. Older generation told me that they miss this flag. Young people who doesn’t know much are very supportive after I explained to them, and they asked for the place I bought it. Even more people took photos of me and borrowed my flag to take picture. There were so many people want to take pictures of the flag that I had to stop and let them finish.
伊卡洛斯: Some people think that this flag should not be waved because we were second class citizens when Hong Kong was a colony of another country (despite being a second class citizen of that time is better than nowadays Hong Kong first class citizens.) However, this flag can really enrage Beijing.
Pro-Beijing Newspaper Takungpao attacks the appearance of Hong Kong Colonial flag and the Dragon and Lion flag in Hong Kong July 1st protest.
In the protest, some people showed colonial period Hong Kong flags that have the crown of Britain and lion as coat of arms. Of course, this flag existed. However, as Hong Kong returned to the rule of China in 1997, Beijing proclaimed the regional emblem Hong Kong Bauhinia as the regional flag of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This “British Hong Kong” flag can only be sent to the museum and should not be displayed and used. What’s the intention of showing this flag? The heart of denying Handover and resisting Beijing must be revealed and condemned.
Netizens’ reactions to this piece of criticism
凌羽天V: Whatever the enemy oppose we support. What ever the enemy support we oppose. – Chairman Mao
巴塞有黑哨: Commie thieves tell me that bringing Hong Kong flag to protest is correct.
The person in the following photo explained why he waved Hong Kong Colonial flag
This year July 1st, sea of Hong Kong flags appeared.
Some say this is a colonialism obsession.
“Uncles of Victoria Park” (*Pro-Beijing elderly) say this is an act of “running dogs” and collusion with foreign powers.
However, isn’t it a way to demand democracy? Isn’t it a silent protest?
The history of Hong Kong under British rule gives me a mixed feeling. Sun Yet Sen once said that he was amazed by Victoria times Hong Kong, and Britain let Hong Kong develop freely. After 60′s, Britain was devoted to raise the living standard of Hongkonger and develop economy. The economic achievement of Hong Kong was incomparable. However, in the early colonial period, the government didn’t treat local ethnic Chinese fairly and ignored the welfare of them. Those should not be forgotten…Anyway, compared with HKSAR’s 15 years of failure, “Hongkonger rule Hongkonger” was a thousand times worse than “foreigners’ colony”.
I decided to raise Hong Kong flag, not because I wish that Hong Kong would be in the history of Britain again, and I don’t even wish that the political situation and society of Hong Kong would be reverted back to pre-1997. I only wish that one day, Hong Kong could be independent and join the Commonwealth. Don’t let the international status of Hong Kong fade.
The police split protesters into three groups in front of the new government headquarters. After my group reached the platform of the headquarters, we were forced to watch fireworks. As a result, we rested a little and took turns to look after the flag. Coincidentally, there was a photojournalist behind me. He made many attempts and took this photo in the dark. I wish that this photo would mean that the democracy of Hong Kong would come back victoriously one day.