Hong Kong leader calls on citizens to be more like sheep, ‘Mild and Gentle Animals’

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Hong Kong’s chief executive, his highness CY Leung, delivered a Chinese New Year greeting exactly as you would expect him to.

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To ring in the Year of the Sheep, Leung, known for his distrust of poor people, wants the citizens of Hong Kong to be like sheep, “mild and gentle animals” that aren’t known for holding pro-democracy protests. His statement was released in a video he filmed from the Government House (read imperial palace) and which featured his wife, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, and a group of smiling children who reportedly aren’t paid actors, because of course he wouldn’t pay them.

“Another Chinese New Year has arrived. It is time to bid farewell to the Year of the Horse and welcome the Year of the Sheep. The 12 Chinese zodiac animals represent 12 character types. Sheep are widely seen to be mild and gentle animals living peacefully in groups.

Last year was no easy ride for Hong Kong. Our society was rife with differences and conflicts. In the coming year, I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep’s character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong’s future.

At the beginning of the Year of the Sheep, we wish every one of you good health, great happiness and a harmonious family life.”

According to Shanghaiist, Hong Kong Democratic Party Chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing told SCMP that, while in his mind, he was probably referring to the virtues of the sheep, like loyalty and compassion, Leung has been anything but.

“[But] then he himself is doing exactly the opposite to provoke so much confrontation and he is tearing the society apart. It’s very contradictory and duplicitous.”

It wouldn’t be surprising to know then that most people in Hong Kong consider him more of a wolf. Add the fact that China’s leading linguist actually said it’s the Year of the Goat, not the Sheep, and CY Leung is just making promotional videos full of wishful thinking.

CY Leung’s daughter, make-believe, aspiring model Chai Yan, has not yet released her annual thank you statement to the tax-paying sheep of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Chief issues hollow apology for bashing poor people

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Cy Leung, Hong Kong’s chief executive known for his distaste for people who don’t make as much money as he does, just issued an apology that might as well have been said through clenched teeth. Earlier this month, Leung expressed in an interview from his mansion that free elections in Hong Kong would bring only “poor people” politics. “If it’s entirely a numbers game — numeric representation — then obviously you’d be talking to half the people in Hong Kong [that] earn less than US$1,800 a month. You would end up with that kind of politics and policies.

Now he’s backtracking in what looks like a half-hearted attempt to not make the protesters, who have demanded he step down for over a month now, too angry with him. On top of that, last weekend he criticized religious and sports communities for not contributing to the economy. He explained in an Executive Council meeting this week:

I understand I should have made myself clearer on some points … I regret having caused misunderstanding and concerns among grass-roots people, the religious sector and the sports sector.” “What I meant was that we have to pay attention to every sector. This means we should not lean towards any sector or class because of its size or its contribution to the economy.

That’s about as sincere of an apology as you are going to get from a millionaire politician. Protesters have now been camping in Hong Kong’s streets for five straight weeks calling for Leung to resign and for Beijing to allow open elections for his successor.

 

Hong Kong protest 2014: Umbrella Revolution timeline

On September 22, the Hong Kong Federation of Students mobilized up to 10,000 students to boycott class with hundreds of teachers voluntarily joining the strike and lecturing at the rally.

The protesters voiced strong discontent with Beijing’s late August decree that all future candidates for position of chief executive be screened and approved by a pro-Beijing nominating committee.

On September 26, the 5th day of the strike, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung remained firm in refusing to negotiate with the students. Four thousand students and citizens then surrounded the Government House.

At midnight, led by 17-year-old student leader Joshua Wong, the protesters charged the government headquarters. The clash ended with 61 protesters arrested by police, who fended off the crowds with pepper spray.

By September 27, the crowd had swelled to 50,000 people who remained outside government headquarters, demanding that arrested students be released.

On September 28, 60,000 protesters took to the streets. The government quickly condemned the movement as illegal and 7000 riot police were dispatched to attempt and disperse the protests, firing 78 tear gas canisters into the unarmed crowds.

In the early morning hours of September 29, the “Occupy Central” movement had extended its operations into Admiralty, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, as 100,000 citizens came out to condemn the violent police response to peaceful protesters.

After umbrellas were used to fend off tear gas from riot police the foreign media officially dubbed the uprising, the ‘Umbrella Revolution.’

On the night of September 30 heavy downpours put the umbrellas to good use as the number of protesters rose to more than 100,000, forming what they named a “Democracy Plaza” in the districts of Admiralty, Mongkok and Causeway Bay.

Despite the swelling crowds, Chief Executive CY Leung made it clear he had no intention of heeding the people’s call for him to resign.

On October 2, the Hong Kong Federation of Students called on citizens to occupy government buildings, only then did the authorities finally agree to talks about policy reform.

On October 3, triad gangsters attacked pro-democracy protesters in Mongkok, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. The Federation of Students denounced the government for standing by idly while thugs beat peaceful protesters and called on its members fight to the end.

Spoiled daughter of Hong Kong’s leader thanks taxpayers on Facebook for funding her luxurious life

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Needless to say, Hong Kong has had a lot of shit to deal with lately. Protesting for free elections while under Chinese rule isn’t a walk in the park. The last time that happened in a big way (in mainland China), hundreds of civilians were mowed down by tanks and assault rifles in Tiananmen Square. So really, something Hong Kong doesn’t need right now is for their chief executive’s daughter to be a total fucking asshole … which, unfortunately, she totally is.

According to Coconuts Hong Kong, Chai Yan Leung, the daughter of embattled Hong Kong leader Cy Leung, attacked commenters who criticized a picture of a necklace she had posted on her Facebook page. Leung is known for flaunting expensive designer accessories and shoes on her social media accounts.

In her response to her detractors on Facebook, which has since been taken down, Leung wrote: “This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes- funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!) Actually maybe I shouldn’t say ‘all you’- since most of you here are probably unemployed hence have all this time obsessed with bombarding me with messages.”

The 22-year-old Leung also went on to insult her fellow Hong Kongers’ English: “Actually considering the standard of English I’ve skimmed through at times I doubt you’d even understand what the term ‘social media platform’ means; or in fact, any of the above. But anyway, enjoy copying and pasting all of this onto Google translation and still not getting it. It’s okay- your mother still loves you.

 

Here’s her screed in full:

 

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Business Insider points out that Leung’s Instagram account is still active and that her posts there indicate that she’s a fan of the Hilton sisters — pick your jaw up off the floor – and that she places designer shoes around her room as decor, rather than wearing them out.

 

 

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Earlier this year, the South China Morning Post broke the story that Leung had posted a 3 a.m. photo of her slashed wrist to her Facebook page next to the caption “Will I bleed to death?