It’s been almost a year since we were in China, so I guess I was able to put the whole trip in the right perspective. There are some things about China that I loved and some things that weren’t particularly great. I can’t stop thinking about one thing though. It’s the 4th of June and right now the delegation of the members of Polish parliament is visiting Beijing. At the same time, one of my fellow photographers posted a photo on Flickr that depicts a demonstration marking the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. People of Beijing were obviously not allowed to gather and show their feelings about the so-called June Fourth Incident. Hong Kong is the only Chinese city enjoying partial freedom of speech, but the question is – how long will it last?
During the 1997’s transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong, Great Britain bought 50 years of partial independence from the Chinese Central Government. What will happen in 2047? How will the 4th of June look by then? It is highly unlikely that the inhabitants of Hong Kong will preserve their freedoms, but the question of whether they will become ordinary Chinese citizens is still open. Members of Polish parliament must have known that the date they had chosen will be controversial and that talking about money exactly twenty four years after the Tiananmen Massacre would draw negative connotations. It seems that interests with the mightiest country on Earth are more important than human rights.