Hi. This is a Lennon Wall, one of many that have been raised around #HongKong
and the world.
For the past month I've been hesitant to post any PoGo AR photos for two main reasons: (1) I did not want to take lightly the current political climate of HK and (2) I did not like the idea of politicising #pokemon
. However HK's situation has only escalated for the worse over the past month and it has become apparent to me that I, as a #HongKonger
, must raise awareness of our situation amongst other global citizens no matter how small my platform is. Therefore, please indulge me as I reconcile my identities as both a Hong Konger and a Pokemon enthusiast.
These Lennon Walls are comprised of supportive messages from the HKers who are in protest of an extradition bill that would, in short, allow HK peoples to be extradited to foreign jurisdictions, the most concerning of which being Mainland China. The fear is that this bill can be used as a tool to silence political (and other) oppositions of the Mainland Chinese government in HK without due process or transparency due to their flawed legal system and widespread corruption. This bill is also representative of the continued attempts of the Mainland Chinese government to erode HK's democracy. As a response to this bill, massive protests and marches (once reaching 2 million people) have been held every weekend since June 9th but to no avail and have, more recently, been met with increasingly unreasonable force by police towards the protesters, press, and other civilians.
I urge you, as fellow global citizens, to do your own research and learn more of HK's history and current situation. English-friendly info can be found on YouTube and the HongKong subreddit. Even if you cannot read Chinese, pictures from these hastags can provide context to this post: #返送中 #逃犯條例 #antielab
I chose an Exeggcute for this photo is because we've identified ourselves as eggs in our resistance against the machine that is the Mainland Chinese government. Please encourage us and spread our pleas for justice if you agree with our cause, we need as much support as we can get.