Agnes Chow Stepped down as Scholarism’s Spokesperson under Serious Intimidation and Harassment
Beginning Sept. 28, Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central”
movement seeking universal suffrage had been
harshly suppressed by Hong Kong chief executive
Leung Chun-ying and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Several key members of Scholarism, a key student activist
group in the movement, have been subject to
intimidation and harassment.
On Oct. 10, Scholarism spokeswomen Agnes Chow resigned
due to tremendous mental and physical pressure.
Scholarism said the CCP’s intimidation over political issues
would only push its members to be more persistent.
Agnes Chow, spokeswoman of Scholarism, released
a statement written on the morning of Oct. 10.
Chow said during her two years at Scholarism, she learned
a lot and saw significant improvement in ability and personality.
At the same time, the pressure on her also grew
with each passing day.
The massive “umbrella movement” finally burdened her
with physical and mental fatigue that, as a 17-year-old girl,
she could not handle.
Therefore Chow decided to resign from her
Yin Man-fa, Occupy Central participant: “A lot of pressure
can come from media.
I also heard that someone had threatened
her personal safety.
She became a public figure at such young age.
There really is a lot of pressure.”
Ming Pao cited Lai Man-lok, another spokesperson
of Scholarism, that Chow’s social activities were
supported by her family and school.
Her pressure mostly resulted from recent harassment
Lai said, as the “umbrella movement” grew extremely fast,
Scholarism members also felt surging pressure on their back.
Lai, Chow and another spokesperson, as well as promoter
Joshua Wong and other key members, all experienced
in-call or face-to-face intimidation.
They were also insulted publicly which created
a lot of mental pressure.
Lai criticized HK government for intimidation over
Lai said those dirty tricks would never make Scholarism
falter on what it stands for, and would only give them
more motivation to persist.
Lan Shu, political commentator: “Not long ago, the CCP even
used Hong Kong mafia groups to publicly assault
students and civilians.
What else won’t it hesitate to do?
Similar things occurred in 1989,
during the June Fourth Incident.
The CCP tried to sow discord among student or overseas
democrat groups and then suppress them.
They are using the same tricks all these years.”
Agnes Chow joined Scholarism on May 2012, and attended
the movement against Moral and National Education.
Chow later became one of the three spokespersons
for Scholarism, and was mostly responsible for English
Chow took the college entrance exam this year and
will study social science at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Chow will stay in Scholarism despite her resignation
from the spokesperson position.
Yin Man-fa, an Occupy Central participant, told NTD that
Chow gave her an impression of a nice, warm-hearted
person when they worked together.
Yin said Hong Kong students should have been studying
on campus but now they are forced to attend street protests
and social activities.
This shows how diseased the society is.
Yin Man-fa: “Now younger groups are involved
in political activities.
What does this tell us?
The fact is self-evident. Our society is really bad and it has
no bright future if we don’t take to the streets for protest.”
Founded in May 2011, Scholarism is a student activist group
in Hong Kong.
It played a key role in the 2012 movement against
Moral and National Education.
It demanded for the resignation of Leung Chun-ying,
and twice attended a parade and candlelight vigil
to commemorate the June Fourth Incident.
Last June, Scholarism issued a statement titled, “Get Our
Government Back with Nomination and Suffrage
by All Hong Kong People.”
The statement gave plans of political reforms and voiced
support for universal nomination and suffrage.
This September, Scholarism actively organized students
to join the Occupy Central movement.
It has become a major oppositional power in Hong Kong.
In her resignation statement, Chow spoke of her gratitude
to Hong Kong civilians for their support to Scholarism
and other student movements.
Chow said, “We would have never been here without
your support and encouragement.”