28th February, 2014
Occupy Central Update: Convener Does Not Think Occupy Central will Help HK Achieve Democracy – “It’s Only A Symbolic Move”
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.”