Panda by Sadhu-X

Panda by Sadhu-X#Occupy: an expression of global conscience is an exhibition at the City Museum Kathmandu that seeks to acknowledge the art and creativity that is inspired by the spirit behind occupy.

An expression for social justice that grows into a social movement, largely with the use of social media: this is what has defined a generation’s efforts to stand up for what they believe is right, it is what has inspired thoughtful and provocative art and literature, and it is what has helped destroy the notion of staying silent, and being ignored when speaking up. If “we” see something, we say something. If “we” feel something, we do something. If those in position of delivering social justice turn a deaf ear, “we occupy.”

#Occupy resonates and is an ode to a generation looking for itself, and eager to “do something.” It is a generation occupied with liking, double tapping ♥, showing up, being seen, obsessing about everything, obsessing about self, a generation occupied with wanting to do something, to mean something.

Among the many exhibits is Panda by Sadhu-X one of two pieces commissioned by Kashish Das Shrestha the curator of “#Occupy: an expression of global conscience” who says this about Panda.

“When the International New York Times published an image by Vincent Yu (Associated Press) of Hong Kong police dragging a protestor away, I spoke with Aditya Aryal (Sadhu-X) on using that image to make a larger point about accountable systems. I also wondered if we could play with the dynamics of Banksy’s iconic protestor with flowers. So I urged Aditya to replace the protestor from Vincent Yu’s photo with something else, as Banksy replaced a Molotov cocktail with flowers. After a day, Aditya proposed a teddy bear. We eventually settled on a Panda.

In early December 2014, as the #OccupyHongKong protest was in its last throes, China extended its ‘Panda Diplomacy’ to Israel, offering to loan its zoo in Haifa two pandas. China has often used pandas as a way to extend its diplomatic relations with the receiving country. However, China’s relationship with the global ecology and wildlife is far from being diplomatic.

In November 2014, China’s top leaders were implicated in a massive illegal haul of ivory using the President’s jet. The news was based on the report ‘Vanishing Point: Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants’ published by Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). In it, China is repeatedly declared the global leader in enabling illegal wildlife trade. In July, EIA also reported on how China’s illegal timber trade is the leading cause for loss of forest in Mozambique. And days after the Panda diplomacy made news, EIA also reported how captive-bred tiger trade in China is posing an “enforcement nightmare” and “stimulates illegal trade.”

Political unaccountability has many serious repercussions for a society, and a global ecological crisis is as serious as any. In this piece, we have tried to express both these issues, while paying homage to an iconic street art.”

www.thecitymuseum.org/occupy

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Women’s 7s Rugby: Hong Kong Under 18’s v Russia Under 18’s

The Russian Under 18 Girls 7s team are in town this week to play against Hong Kong in series of games designed to give the stars of the future a taste of international rugby. All the matches are at King’s Park Sports Ground and entry is free, game times are as follows:

Friday 19th December
11.40am               Russia v Hong Kong “A”
1.46pm                 Russia v Hong Kong “B”
3.52pm                 Hong Kong “A” v Hong Kong “B”

Saturday 20th  December
11.40am               Russia v Hong Kong “A”
1.46pm                 Russia v Hong Kong “B”
4.14pm                 Hong Kong “A” v Hong Kong “B”

Hong Kong’s squad:
BIRKBY, Jade; BOURK, Jamie; CHAN, Cathy; CHAN Tsz Ching; CLARKE, Bronte; COX, Courtney; FONG, Rachel; HOOD, Grace; HOOD, Jessie; KAM Chi Chui; LAIDLER, Elspeth; LEE Tsz Ting; LEEDS, Alex; LEEDS, Emma; LEVY, Noemie; MIDDLETON, Alexandra; NGAN KEE, Ellie; POLY CARPE, Tissia; ROBERTSON, Victoria; RYAN, Aileen; TUCK, Emily; TURNER, Anisha; UDALL, Eleanor; WRIGHT, Rosie; TAM, Stella

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Kennedy Town and HKU MTR Stations open on 28 December, 2014

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The MTR’s Island line gets two new stops on the 28 December as the Kennedy Town and Hong Kong University stations open. A third stop in Sai Ying Pun has been delayed until early 2015. The first train will leave Kennedy Town for Chai Wan at 6:00am

Fares for the new stops have yet to be announced.

The details of the Sai Ying Pun discounts are as follows:
“Sai Ying Pun Station Pre-opening Special Discount Promotion”
Due to difficult ground conditions in Sai Ying Pun Station, the required number of entrances will not be completed in time to open the station in December. Instead, Sai Ying Pun Station is expected to open at the end of the first quarter in 2015. To encourage commuters living and working in the vicinity of Sai Ying Pun Station to use the new rail service from Sheung Wan Station or HKU Station, a special HK $2 “Sai Ying Pun Station Pre-opening Special Discount” will be offered to Adult Octopus users (HK$1 discount for concession Octopus) from 28 December until the opening of Sai Ying Pun Station. The discount can be obtained at self-service machine s located inside four 7-Eleven convenience stores in the Sai Ying Pun area as follows:
Shop E, Tai Hing Building, 125 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Shop A, Kaiser Centre, 18 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun
55 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun
240 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun

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Umbrella Movement: Legco Clearance – 15 December, 2014

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A lone last tent stands defiant beneath the two flags, one system.

The Hong Kong Legislative Building includes a Designated Demonstration Area (DDA) underneath it’s ‘drum’ where anyone can legally protest about anything to the government. Yet it seems that the people elected by Hongkongers to serve and represent them are getting selective in the disputes they like to hear/see. Or rather, they’re too lazy to walk 50m and want the prestige of being driven to the door in their chauffeured transport (paid for by taxpayers of course).

The tented pro-Democracy protest site in the DDA – which was also raising awareness of recycling and objecting to the waste of public money that is the new incinerator (a topic for another day) – was cleared today 15 December, 2015 so that Chinese Premiere Xi is appeased when he visits Macau to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Macau SAR.
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10th Anniversary Beat the Banana Charity Run – 15 March, 2015

10th Anniversary Beat the Banana Charity Run

Beat a banana next March in the 10th Anniversary Beat the Banana Charity Run – registrations are open now for the 15 March, 2015 race which takes place on the TST Waterfront

There are four race categories:
5km Elite Run
3km Fun Run
1km Kids Banana Run – Senior Race (aged 6-12)
1km Kids Banana Run – Junior Race (aged below 6)
Visit the event website www.beatthebanana-hk.org to register

WCRF 10th Beat the Banana! Charity Run
When: 7:30, 15 March 2015
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
How much: $200-600
More Info: www.beatthebanana-hk.org

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Umbrella Movement: Causeway Bay – 14 December, 2014

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Causeway Bay’s last day…

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Your Rights v Police Powers

The increasing suppression of freedom of speech, the blocking of the press by the police to prevent their actions being recorded, scrutinised and exposed when illegal is fast turning Hong Kong into a police state.

There has been nothing public from the ineffectual buffoons in Legco to instruct the police to act in this manner. So one can only assume the harassment is on the instructions of Cy Leung and his Beijing puppet masters.

With this random stop, search, arrest, assault – it’s important that you know your rights and what the police are legally allowed to do. Not that, as we have seen, the police obey the law.

It’s called the Hong Kong Civil Liberties Union Protestors Rights Handbook – but it’s worth reading by anyone as it offers a good simple explanation of your basic legal rights when dealing with the police. Download a pdf copy here

The police have extensive powers, the two most relevant sections of the Police Force Ordinance are Chapter 232, section 54 entitled ‘The Power to stop, detain and search’ and Chapter 232 section 50 entitled ‘Arrest, detention and bail of suspected persons and seizure of suspected property’.

Chapter 232, section 54 entitled 'The Power to stop, detain and search'

Several tweets have quoted police officers in Mong Kok as saying that if they see the same id card in their random stop and search harassments – then that person will be arrested.

The attraction of Mong Kok is wandering the streets full of wonderful street food and restaurants while trying to decide what’s to eat or buy… if that’s now been deemed illegal then it looks like a slow death for Mong Kok shops by police intimidation of their customers. I love the red bean pancakes and other pastries at the Kee Tsui Cake Shop 奇趣餅家, 135 Fa Yuen Street, but going there to buy them each week I now face the prospect of being arrested.

Or perhaps this is part of the bigger plan by the government, property tycoons and the Urban Renewal Authority to destroy the Mong Kok we love and replace it with more generic shopping malls targeting mainland tourist shoppers.

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