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Off to prison 刑務所に行く

December 15, 2010

From Nov. 26 to Dec. 12, Victoria prison in Central Hong Kong was host to deTour 2010, a showcase for local artists, designers and musicians.  While the exhibits themselves were interesting, as was the photo exhibit of old Hong Kong in the Police quarters, of real interest was the prison itself.  To my knowledge, this was the first time the cells and other quarters of the prison was open to the public.

11月26日から12月12日まで香港の中心のビクトーリア刑務所で美術と写真展がありました。本当に芸術家と設計者の作品はおもしろかったですが刑務所も面白かったです。僕の知る限りでは公開が初めてです。

The sad part of it is how run down the buildings are becoming while the government twiddles its thumbs trying to figure out what to do with the place.  Many great suggestions have been made in the past but a decision has yet to be made.  I’m fairly certain that the government would prefer the site crumble into dust so they can then sell the very valuable plot of land to a developer, despite the public outcry that would generate.  That’s the type of stall tactics you get though in a faux democracy where the people who elect the government are the elite of society, many of whom happen to be property tycoons.

残念なことは古い警察本部と刑務所の建物は衰退しています。一般社会は政府にいい意見をあげましたが政府がまたなにもしません。もし売ればその土地はとても高いです。そのことで政府は待っていると思います。残念。

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