I’m pretty sure you’ve heard a thing or two about what happened in Hong Kong—where millions of people protested about their country to not be a part of China even if their leader agreed to do so. If you haven’t been reading the news, then you better do so because this just happened a few days back—it happened on Saturday, June 16th, 2019.
Here in the Philippines, protests leave a huge chunk of mess especially in the streets. In fact, it’s not just protests, it could be concerts, flooding, parties—events that would have more than a thousand people, you can expect to be messy. But in Hong Kong? Well, look and see for yourself.
So imagine this…
A few hours after the protest, Hong Kong citizens duly checked the area for trash and they went on and cleaned it. Some netizens and reports even regarded to the roads to be “spotless” as if no protest was done in that location.
Kong Tsung-Gan, an author from Hong Kong, tweeted about this the following day saying that occupiers were doing a final sweep for the garbage left there. He noted that there isn’t even a piece of scrap on the road!
Occupiers are doing one last sweep for rubbish. 2 million people marched here yesterday, it was occupied all night, and there isn’t a scrap of rubbish on the road. #HK people…! pic.twitter.com/JE8D4f4iCL
— Kong Tsung-gan / 江松澗 (@KongTsungGan) June 17, 2019
What’s more astounding is the fact that this is not the first time it happened this year.
This, as a matter of fact, was the second time in the same week that the people who protested duly cleaned the streets up after the massive march of people against what their government decided.
Ennie Chan, one of the protesters who were present on the night of the protest, said that she saw everything that transpired. She saw people holding big bags to take the garbage away.
I was there [at the protests] and I saw everything. I saw young people holding different bags to take trash away last night. There were a lot of people clearing rubbish.”
So it’s a sight for sore eyes to know that Hong Kong citizens really do care about their country. The 2 million people who took part in the protest did not leave their garbage unattended—they even took own action and picked their trash up.
Hong Kong protesters were praised for doing such an awesome and a thoughtful job. They did it not for themselves, they did it for their country. In fact, discipline is one of the few key traits that Hong Kong citizens—Chinese—have.
The second time around?
As mentioned, back in June 12 of the same year, there were protesters, too. What’s amazing is that on that day also, the protesters did not leave a trace of their protest in the street as they cleaned it up.
People interviewed said the same statements in context:
“We don’t want to make lives difficult for cleaners, so we came out here to help them out and make their jobs easier.”
Mary Hui, a reported from QZ, tweeted last June 13th 2019 about what she had witnessed after the protest took place.
A small crowd is back outside the Hong Kong government offices…to clean up the rubbish. To sort out recyclables and unused materials, and clean up the rubbish. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/uPRcs0SLJ5
— Mary Hui (@maryhui) June 13, 2019
A small crowd is back outside the hong kong government offices… to clean up the rubbish. to sort out recyclables and unused materials, and clean up the rubbish. incredible.
A lot of people were amazed by the fact that after war—citizens of Hong Kong still clung to the fact that their country is an amazing country and that it needs to be kept as it.
Now, out of the 2 million people who stomped, marched, and protested, it is quite evident that a majority of them care not just for their country, but also for the environment. With a discipline like this, it would be difficult to overcome.
What do you think? If this happened here in our country, what are the chances of it being the same situation as what happened in Hong Kong? Do you think that our people would care the same way how Hong Kong citizens do? If 2 million people—specifically Filipinos—ran out today to protest, would the location be as spotless as outside the Hong Kong government?