Who can stop Hong Kong Social division
Few years ago, a huge social movement happened in Hong Kong. In order to overthrow the high restrictive Hong Kong electoral reform published by Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC), and fight for the democracy and freedom of Hong Kong people, many Hong Kong citizens occupy the main road and city center. After police used tear gas and baton to attacks protesters, the name of “umbrella revolution” became widespread in all type of media platform all around the world. 
The “umbrella revolution” have reshaped Hong Kong, and turned Hong Kong in two parts. One side of people in favor of the police and the government, no matter how they handle this movement, people usually call them “Blue ribbon”(藍絲) in social media. During the “umbrella revolution” lot of the news and videos all about police misuse of power, lynching and selective law enforcement.  From the video of a former superintendent Franklin Chu , no doubt that Franklin Chu did attack a Mr. Cheng’s head with baton, but those “Blue ribbon” (藍絲) are still support Franklin Chu and think he did nothing wrong  and ignore the true from television news or other traditional media. In other case, the beating of Ken Tsang case. Some part of the video have been deleted because of TVB news director Keith Yuen order . Fortunately, the original video have already uploaded and shared many times at social media. The original video, showed seven policeman were beating Ken Tsang, but same as Franklin Chu case those “Blue ribbon” (藍絲) believe the polices are doing their job and say something mean to the protesters of “umbrella revolution” through news interviews and social media .
The opposite side are those people who support the movement, and hope one day Hong Kong people will have their own democracy and freedom, and the main reason people call them “Yellow ribbon” (黃絲) is because most of them changed their social media user icon to yellow ribbon picture. Although they are fighting for Hong Kong people democracy and freedom, but during the “umbrella revolution” there have many news and reports about they destroyed the economy of Hong Kong and other people daily life . No doubt, the movement have destroyed Hong Kong economy, and most of the “Yellow ribbon” (黃絲) are not really care about this problem.
Facebook and other social media became platforms for two parties express their opinions, but quickly it become platforms to insult each side . Then people started to “unfriend” those “friends” that have other opinions at social media , badly this atmosphere spread to reality and every type of media, created the phenomenon of social division. The worse is “umbrella revolution” wasn’t ended of peace, instead the movement ended under violently. That increased the hostility between each side. Furthermore, the content of news has become polarized after “umbrella revolution”. One side like to ballyhoo negative information of police and government, and other side like to promote the idea of “umbrella revolution” and those protesters are bad by hype the news of how court proceedings arrested protesters in the movement .
No doubt, “umbrella revolution” have reshaped Hong Kong society and some issue about why Social division is happening in Hong Kong. Traditional media have subjective news report, social media users attack each other with offensive message, and Hong Kong government bad handling with social division and the reason of its, social division is keep expanding in Hong Kong.
After “umbrella revolution”, social division have appear in most of the social events, especially when it is about political issues. Edward Leung Tin-kei has been convicted of rioting is the most discussed political issues in recent few weeks. Edward Leung Tin-kei is only 27 years old young adult, but he is already become a Hong Kong localist(本土派) politicians, also he is the former prolocutor of Hong Kong Indigenous. In 2016 several huge social issues occurred around him, although he didn’t win the campaign in New Territories East by-election, but he received more than 15% of the votes, the result show a lot of Hong Kong citizens supported localist party groups(本土派) and their ideas. Later, he have been disqualified in Hong Kong Legislative Council election because of supporting Hong Kong independence movement, many of people leave comments and support him in social media immediately, however some traditional media editorial believe Hong Kong government did the right call, stopped Hong Kong independence spirit grow inside the government.
Although, the above two cases are also very huge and important issues, but during the Mong Kok civil unrest Edward Leung Tin-kei took a very important role, and this civil unrest and the result have once again intensified Hong Kong social division. The Mong Kok civil unrest also call “fishball revolution”, its happened at 8th Feb, 2016 during Chinese new year holidays. The reason some people call it “fishball revolution” is because the trigger point of this riot was Hong Kong government try to take down unlicensed street food hawkers. In Chinese new year, many people like to go to Mong Kok and buy street food for supper, it’s kind of a Hong Kong local culture. Protesters believe government take down those unlicensed street hawkers is the action of suppressing localism, eventually conflict happened between protesters and polices. Edward Leung Tin-kei was the leading role of protesters side, after Mong Kok civil unrest polices arrested he and accused rioting and assaulting police. On 11th Jun 2018, Edward Leung Tin-kei was sentenced to 6 years in jail for rioting, many people and foreign newspapers think the sentence is too heavy, the discussion and complain about this case is everywhere in social media. However, major local news media seem a bit pro-government side, and some people leave negative comment on social media, think Edward Leung Tin-kei deserve this sentence.
After “umbrella revolution”, Hong Kong government are keep decrease people freedom in different way, by controlling major news media, by barring people from election, by using Judiciary and law enforcement agencies to impeach council member and arrest people who stand for different political… Fiona Bruce MP, the Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, said: “one in three pro-democracy legislators and more than one hundred protestors have been prosecuted by the government since the Umbrella Movement of 2014.” It’s understandable why there are many Hong Kong people didn’t trust the government.
To sum up, the reason that social division happening in Hong Kong are not start or created by media, but undoubtedly traditional media and social media have speed up the process and expand the scale. Traditional media like news and social media have amplified each case and shared the information to everyone, social media also created a platform for everyone to publish their voices. However I am very sure untrustworthy government caused social division happen, there for government should bear the greatest responsibility of social division happen, government is the one watching the whole division happen and expand, and social division will keep expanding when each time government try to decrease our freedom. Maybe government can control major news media, and traditional media will lost the power of monitor government and speak for public, but social media took the role and created a new platform for us and internet media. I am sure, nobody in Hong Kong want social division keep expanding forever, but also no one have ability to solve this issue, the only we and a dependable government can improve the situation in right way.
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