This is beautiful.
Music is powerful. Hearing Hong Kong school students sing the famous song “Do You Hear the People Sing” from the musical Les Misérables over the top of the Chinese national anthem sends a powerful message.
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!
The “One Country, Two Systems” agreement ends in 2047, less than 28 years from now. These young people understand what is at stake for them when Hong Kong completely loses its independent status. No more rule of law. No more elections – not even the Beijing-rigged elections that they have now. No more free speech, and no more right to assemble peacefully. They will lose their status as citizens, and becomes subjects of China’s central government, with their lives held at the whim of the CCP.
These young people, with all of their lives ahead of them, are the ones with the most to lose when Hong Kong loses its freedom. The world needs to stand with them in solidarity. Free Hong Kong!