Occupy Central Update: Convener Does Not Think Occupy Central will Help HK Achieve Democracy – “It’s Only A Symbolic Move”

D100 (Radio)

28th February, 2014

Occupy Central Update: Convener Does Not Think Occupy Central will Help HK Achieve Democracy – “It’s Only A Symbolic Move”

D100

In a live show on D100, Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, a convener of Occupy Central Movement, was asked about his views on the recent comments by the NPCC members and China government. Cheng came across pessimistic on securing a truly democratic universal suffrage without China’s interference and screening.

Cheng said, “Occupy Central is a symbolic move to make a stand. Occupy Central cannot change the reality of Hong Kong – an absence of democracy. So what should we do? All we could do is to wait for China to change.”

When asked for alternative way to express discontent when China assigned a non-fully democratic election, for example, over a million of blank vote. Cheng said, “we will use different ways to express our frustration. This has long been our negotiation tactic… When China does not give Hong Kong a truly democratic election, the government cannot represent the people… The government will speed up its suppression (one of the hosts mentioned press freedom erosion in Hong Kong). Of course we hope to have a truly democratic election. It’s something that we are not qualified to choose! All we could do is to express our discontent and to make a stand and express our dignity.”

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2 responses to “Occupy Central Update: Convener Does Not Think Occupy Central will Help HK Achieve Democracy – “It’s Only A Symbolic Move”

  1. Very despointing statement..they have now morethan one year preparing for prolonged protest..and then said its symbolic!!!!!!

    I think alternative strong stance prolonged protests must be, instead of occupy central

    • Thank you for your message.
      This is something that the localists have been saying since Occupy Central Movement was “announced” over a year ago – a number of localists have been saying that the conveners are not really encouraging people to engage civil disobedient to fight for democracy. Many have said that Occupy Central is no different from the ordinary rallies HKers have been participating for over 20 years. Mr Lee Yee, and many who have long been supporting peaceful protests, have begun to ask the question “We have been doing the same thing over and over again and nothing has been achieved. What else could we do to make an impact rather than just making ourselves feel we have done something?”
      You can find more of Mr Lee Yee’s articles on this blog, and this is what I mentioned above: http://wp.me/p3fwZ3-pL
      Hope to see you here again soon.

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