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Most Hongkongers are fine with their freedoms, the rest is noise

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Looks like we made it to 2019 safe and sound after all, despite the threat of spontaneous combustion wiping Hong Kong off the map, given the toxic political narrative that defined the past year.

I daresay the resurgent rumours of the “death” of this city have been greatly exaggerated, regardless of all the hullabaloo about the “erosion” and “shrinking” of rights and freedoms that set us apart from the rest of China.

The counter to the wolf criers came in the form of a tellingly paradoxical quote from their own ranks during the New Year’s Day rally, an annual ritual for Hongkongers to vent their grievances against both the local and central governments.

“We can still fly these flags only because there’s freedom of speech in Hong Kong,” a protester said when asked about the prominent display of pro-independence banners and placards, along with Tibetan and Taiwanese flags, on the city streets.

Um … so, we do have freedom of speech and expression here? I’m a bit confused: what exactly are we protesting about then? Sounds like we should be marching instead to celebrate the fact that we can still openly, and with impunity, defy........

© South China Morning Post