The Keys To Wining Occupy Central Are Endurance and Persistence
After party mouthpieces attacked Occupy Central for days,
a large number of so-called Occupy Central opponents
appeared in Hong Kong.
They instigated many conflicts and used violence
to attack protesters.
Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying also spoke
on TV, demanding protesters to retreat.
Riot police were also dispatched on a large scale,
and used pepper spray against protesters.
Despite all of this, Occupy Central protesters did not
On the contrary, more Hong Kongers joined them.
Famous democratic activists Chen Guangcheng
and Wei Jingsheng, who both live in the U.S. now,
told NTD that they believe Hong Kong people will win
the battle if they can endure and persist.
According to Apply Daily, hundreds of civilians remained put
outside the Office of the Chief Executive as of 8 p.m. Oct. 5.
Those who had stayed there over days said they were afraid
of a pepper spray attack from police or even death.
Other civilians said protesters should not easily
retreat from their “battle field.”
On Oct. 4, Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying
gave another TV address.
Leung claimed student protesters had blocked the road
to the government headquarters.
He required all protesters to leave by Monday.
In response, Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS)
made an announcement on Oct. 5, stating the entrance
to the government building had always been left open.
HKFS asked the Hong Kong government to stop making
The public will not be convinced if protesters are required to
leave without making any progress in political reform issues.
HKFS hopes the government stops dragging on and shows
some sincerity in beginning dialogue with protesters.
HKFS said the precondition for any conversation is that
the police have to properly resolve conflicts between
pro and anti Occupy Central groups.
Chen Guangcheng, blind rights activist: ”With justice
on your side, you can go anywhere.
I want to tell my friends in Hong Kong, “your demands are
reasonable and legitimate, as they follow the right direction
in social development.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) refuses to give us rights
that we should have since birth, so it is reactionary
and acts against the tide of history.
We will win the battle as long as we endure and persist.
The whole world is watching and supporting us.’”
On the evening of Oct. 3, some residents claiming to be
opponents of Occupy Central violently attacked protesters.
There were even hooligans focusing on sexual assault
against female students.
Global media has pinpointed many suspicious characters
among the anti Occupy Central group.
The conflicts started by Occupy Central opponents
also gave police the excuse to continuously use pepper
spray against students.
By 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, 165 were sent to hospital.
Most of them had been discharged, but nine remained
in the hospital.
After experiencing tear gas attacks, pepper spray
and mafia-like groups, over 100,000 Hong Kongers
gathered at Admiralty for protest on the evening of Oct. 4.
On the other hand, when asked about whether police will
stop using tear gas or rubber bullets, the director
of Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch
did not reply directly.
Instead, he only said HK police would, “take proper action
at proper times” and “have the determination
to recover social order.”
Wei Jingsheng, democratic activist: ”The conflicts mostly
result from the CCP’s internal struggle.
Otherwise it should have not been that bad.
There are always a group of people stirring things up
inside the CCP.
They provoke public sentiment like what they did
during the June Fourth Incident.
Therefore we have seen street protests turning into
such tough situations.
But meanwhile the movement has also become a hot
potato for the CCP.
In general, I think if Hong Kong people can stick to what they
are doing right now, we will see a good ending to the story.”
The question is whether HK police will use violence
to drive protesters away.
Many are concerned about this.
Chen Guangcheng: ”Hong Kong is not Tiananmen Square.
In the modern world, you can no longer turn the light off
and do whatever you want.
The CCP is focusing on Hong Kong, but I think meanwhile
it is also guarding over those awakened Chinese citizens.
If the party really does something to Hong Kong people,
Chinese people may not sit it out.”
Wei Jingsheng:”I believe there are conscientious CCP leaders
who do not want to witness another June Fourth Incident.
After all, the world has changed.
If another June Fourth Incident occurs,
the CCP will probably not survive that.
Last time it muddled through as the global society still
needed it to resist the Soviet Union.”
Tsai Ing-wen, Chair of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party,
said Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement could teach
the Taiwanese a good lesson.
That is, when people unite together
they can change their lives.
HKFS secretary-general Chow Yong-kang apologized
for inconveniencing Hong Kong people’s daily life
due to Occupy Central.
Chow said that the movement is not a revolution,
and today’s inconvenience will serve to clear the road
for future democracy.
Interview & Edit/LiuHui Post-Production/XiaoYu