A New Zealand based Hong Kong expat has vocalised his support for the demonstrations and protests in his homeland, saying he empathises with the protesters.
With a large part of his heart still very connected with his native Hong Kong, expat Jack Yan has joined in with the pro-democracy movement by bringing the revolution to New Zealand, staging his own protests there to show his support for the movement back home.
The protests in Hong Kong, also known as the Umbrella movement, originally started back in September when activists began to gather outside HK government buildings to show their disdain for China’s disallowing of civil nominations for proposed electoral reform. The protests have since escalated and expanded, as many stand to voice their want for democracy. And many Hong Kong expats also care passionately for the future of their nation.
Showing Solidarity With the Protestors
Yan moved to New Zealand from Hong Kong 37 years ago, but he still really cares about what is going on in Hong Kong and how these protests have the power to potentially reshape lives there. His aim in this is to reassure Hong Kong protesters that there are many expats who show solidarity with their mission, and support their countrymen in their fight.
Hong Kongians are currently looking to step up the fight and take it one step further if their demands are not listened to. The Chinese government continue to declare the protests to be illegal and support the Hong Kong government’s attempts to cease the protests. And so the campaign continues on. Protesters are currently planning a trip to Beijing to continue their action, but may face not being allowed into China to do so.
But in the very nature of such protests, Yan feels there is hope and a glimpse towards a more democratic future. He spoke of his excitement regarding the protests, believing that the growing numbers of campaigners and expanding locations of protest sites were a good thing in that Hong Kong citizens were being given a great opportunity to raise their voices and express themselves and their rights to freedom of speech.
Yan believes that the protests are, essentially, just a way for Hong Kong to hold the Chinese government to account and that their continued campaign will hopefully lead to China keeping their promise of universal suffrage, and he promises to be campaigning remotely from New Zealand until this comes to fruition.