26th April, 2014
Use the Candle Lights at Victoria Park to Light Up the Torch of Localism
Candle light can bring brightness to the world. It can also be used for commemoration and to enlighten people.
The candles at the 4/June vigil could have been used to bring change. However, 25 years have passed and these candles are still flickering and bringing false hope on one particular day a year.
Who worry most that these candles will spread the flame of democracy across Hong Kong? Who are they who want to confine these candles in a box called Victoria Park?
Who are they who are most worried that the candles, representing democracy, will heat up the public of Hong Kong and help them realise that Hong Kong is governed by a CCP-puppet?
25 years ago, when the massacre took place in Tiananmen Square, Hongkongers made a decision to take part in the swirl of history. Many believed that as China continued to open-up and reform, and its economy continued to develop, China’s political environment would also undergo a drastic change. Even on 9/June 1989 when Deng Xiaoping labelled 4/June as a “riot” and said, “this storm was bound to happen at some point, it was only a matter of time and scale.” Back then, many Hongkongers believed that a “democratic China” was their responsibility and their burden. Some pan-democrats even believed that preserving the candlelit vigils in Victoria Park and waiting patiently would bring Hong Kong true democracy and universal suffrage when China transformed.
However, changes have appeared – not a change to the picture of Mao outside the Forbidden City, but the complete transformation of Chinese society. It became a stranger beast to Hongkongers day by day: in fact, Hongkongers began to detest China. On Canton Road, you can no longer tell which of the Chinese tourists are “officials” and which are “civilians”. However, when Hongkongers express their frustration over the “unbearable number of tourists”, HKSAR government tells us to “wait for a couple more trains”. We never thought faeces in the middle of the crowded Mong Kok streets would intensify the conflicts between Hong Kong and China, and spark a debate about civilised and barbaric behaviour: While Hongkongers think that the rule “one must never defaecate and urinate in public” is a matter of public health and a matter of common sense, China’s government media condemned Hongkongers’ “intolerance” of “cultural differences”, and accused Hongkongers of violating the international standard of “freedom”, for days on end. Based on China’s logic, I cannot imagine that if, on the evening of the 4/June annual vigil in Victoria Park, some Chinese tourists complain about the shortage of public toilets within (the park) and decide to defaecate in public, the Democratic Party will tell us that “democracy is about tolerance” – something they stress when Hongkongers express frustration and anger when Chinese tourists defaecate in public or commit other breaches of etiquette.
For over 25 years, “the Party” has mastered the game of autocracy, yet Hong Kong’s democratic movement has not advanced even an inch. The intensifying conflicts between Hong Kong and China demonstrate that under the CCP’s careful plans, China’s officials and people have united as one and become a black hole that engulfs all civilsations in China’s periphery.
Since its sovereignty was transferred, Hong Kong has experienced four small-circle elections. As soon as CY Leung won, he highlighted his disrespect for the people of Hong Kong by going straight to the China Liaison Office for their blessing, and to seek support for his victory. Hong Kong media has faced increasing suppression and threats throughout all these years: The cases of Albert Cheng, a famous public affairs commentator, and Kevin Lau Chun-to, former editor in chief at Ming Pao, are only two examples of unsolved assaults on media figures. No police investigations have been completed, and as such Press freedom in Hong Kong is essentially dead. The general public faces all sorts of social problems: for example; sky-high property prices, ever-climbing inflation, shortage of school places and shortage of formula powder, indeed, even the Territory’s Gini coefficient is at a level which predicts serious social unrest. At the same time, HKSAR Government continues to ignore the problems caused by the China-authorities-approved One-Way-Permit, serious criminals including Si Junlong, who killed two Hongkongers in an arson attack, are free to become “New Hongkongers”. Indeed the government has declared that there is no cap on the population of Hong Kong, which is already facing an overcrowding problem. HKSAR Government, CCP’s puppet, is not satisfied yet. It wants to develop Lantau Island and the country parks, destroying the only remaining sources of fresh air and outdoor space for recreational activities – which amounts to uprooting the lifeline of Hongkongers.
25 years have passed, Hongkongers must make a decision. Under the autocracy of the CCP-controlled HKSAR Government, Hong Kong is facing its hardest time ever. Of course we shall never forget 4/June/1989, and we have learned the evil nature of the united entity of the CCP and its people. However, we should rely on no others besides ourselves to lay the road to democracy, because the desire for freedom and democracy, and the spirit of the rule of law are in our blood and deeply rooted in our local values. We do not have to exercise our freedom to gather at Victoria Park with candles on one particular day every year to show China our determination. The evil is no longer centralised within China, but has crept into every corner of Hong Kong. The messengers of the evildoers are glad to see candles flickering in Victoria Park year after year, because this allows them to take over Hong Kong bit by bit over time and betray Hongkongers time and time again without being noticed.
It is time for Hongkongers to throw their candles the evildoers’disguised messengers hiding in the corner. We defend our freedoms by spreading our desire for democracy to every part of Hong Kong: Causeway Bay, Tsiu Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Kowloon Tong, Sha Tin, Tai Po, Sheung Shui – areas where anti-China-colonisation battles are fought by Hongkongers. We want the downfall of the CCP. To defend our land, we must rely upon on ourselves. May Hong Kong be reborn in flame!