13th March, 2014
“Wait for China to Change” Will Not Bring Democracy to Hong Kong
Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, a convener of Alliance for True Democracy, said in a radio interview that, “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.”
What does it mean by “wait for China to change”? To boil it down it is the same old “theory” of building a democratic China, that is to “fight for democracy in China before Hong Kong can realise democracy”. However, the key is that since the establishment of Communist China, numerous individuals in China have been fighting to seek for democracy in the country, but China has only become more and more a totalitarian state. Every time a new “leader” is in place, the people in China will somehow regain their high hope in a political reform. However, time and time again, they are left with disappointment. How much long do we have to wait until China is changed? Besides, when there is democracy in China, the government elected by its people will not accept the fact that Hong Kong has a different system and civil rights! Democracy is not something that people beg for from the power, but something that people who believe “local comes first” to voluntarily fight for. If the Occupy Central Movement is not merely a symbolic action but a movement that encourage people to take part in civil disobedience, there is no way that the convener would never have said “(Hong Kongers) cannot change the reality of Hong Kong – an absence of democracy”!
By Lee Yee