HONG KONG - This is Asia's Gotham City. And the people of Gotham have had enough. They want real democracy, one person, one vote. As for the current CEO of Gotham, Leung Chun-ying, aka C Y Leung, aka The Joker, he is no more than, well, a joke.
One of the great democracy-in-action performances across Asia is the annual ritual of Hong Kong celebrating the July 1, 1997, handover to China by the United Kingdom. This year was no different; arguably 400,000 people marched across Central, the
city's business center, to make their point, defying absolutely foul weather caused by an approaching typhoon.
Banners covered a vast spectrum - from generic calls for freedom to "Say No to China" and appeals for the release of Chinese dissidents such as 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
Nostalgic British empire-tinged "Chinese colonialists get out" banners were also in the mix. The Union Jack was a muscular presence, as well as Taiwan's flag and even a Tibetan flag, which mysteriously "disappeared" in the early evening. But the catalyst was The Joker; informal polling at the march revealed that from 80% to 90% want him out.
Beijing, obviously, won't be amused. This is not exactly what the Little Helmsman Deng Xiaoping had in mind when he devised "one country, two systems". C Y Leung has made it more like "one country, two-bit clown." Even in a recent poll by Hong Kong University supposed to represent the overall population, 51% have had enough of this administration and 55% gave a vote of "no confidence" to The Joker.