求寬恕與和平臨到香港 Plead for forgiveness and peace in Hong Kong
To date Hong Kong is still undergoing turmoil and violence. It started with people’s grumbles on unsatisfactory government administration and social movement to oppose the extradition bill. As the government failed their request, massive rally and protests followed. A group of radical youngsters followed up the protests by attacking government facilities which the government started repression.
The damage done on the society escalated as the police used excessive force and the protesters fought harder in return. For now 700 were arrested pending trials and injuries happened to both sides. More alarming and integrity-breaking was the police were staying away when gangland members attacked innocent public. The indiscriminate exercising of police power such as overuse of tear gas and rubber bullets on plain protesters has created public hatred on police. The protesters resorted into breaking law and social order to pressurize the government. Majority of the public has not been supporting the government’s indifferent attitude thus far.
The Chinese authority has been describing the situation as from a small group of law-breakers to a riot driven by external force aiming to impact on China’s sovereignty, and then as sign of terrorism as now. Majority of Hong Kong cannot settle for this and they feared for the interference from the China Liberation Army would destroy the ‘one country, two systems’ to the extent that Hong Kong will lose the limited political democracy and freedom all together, with the long lasted stability and prosperity becoming history. To many, this will be their nightmare since the 1997 handover. To us as immigrants, it will be a terrible time we feared so much to face that we made our hard decision to come over to Australia for a new start.
Hong Kong people want to fight for more democracy, freedom and personal safety through global support and consensus. But up against highly powered authority they stand no chance to succeed. At this critical moment, we have no time to make judgement on whose fault. We can only hope Creator God will walk with this beloved and closely associated city of us in love and mercy.
Let’s pray together that this city will move out from hatred and trouble in forgiveness and peace.