采访/朱智善 编辑/尚燕 后制/郭敬
After one Month of Umbrella Campaign in Hong Kong,
Where is the Democratic Path Leading?
Exactly one month ago, Benny Tai decided upon announcing
the start of the Occupy Central movement.
Nobody would have thought the action would have lasted
one month without any let up.
At the time of the movement, many predicted how the event
would go, some predictions have come to fruition whilst
others did not.
One month has passed, where is the future of the Occupy
Central Movement? Let us see the story.
On Sept. 28, the streets were filled with pepper spray and tear gas,
but now they are quietly occupied by many tents.
Facing a variety of forecasts and suspicions,
the Occupy Central Movement still continues strong.
The first broken prediction made by outsiders, is the so-called
Hong Kong “chaos".
During the period of this one month, Occupy Central
protesters always reflected a peaceful and rational side.
Although in early October, some anti-Occupy Central rioters
assaulted the Occupy Central participants,
and even the underworld intervened, which produced incidents
The students and public alike, defiantly stood their ground,
replying to the attackers with the song, “Happy Birthday to You".
This interprets the spirit of “resisting violence by umbrellas",
again and again.
The second broken forecast made by some individuals, was
the indifference and gradual dispersing of most Hong Kong
people after a few days of protest.
In fact, when the movement had nearly reached its 20th day,
police came and cleared the roadblocks and students.
This however, triggered a response the authorities and skeptics
did not envisage, a re-gathering and enhancement of roadblocks.
Despite there being no positive result with the first round
of dialogue between Government and Federation of Students,
and with citizens being disappointed with this outcome,
they persisted with their protest.
More and more Hong Kong people began to think more deeply
about what it is they want and expect from democracy.
23 year old protester Iris Cheung: “For Hong Kong people
and students, this has been a huge inspiration.
Previously I’d always thought, as a student and an ordinary
person, you can’t do anything and can only quietly accept
Zhang Chengjue, former columnist of Hong Kong United
Daily News says:
“Adhering to one month protest has been amazing,
and this in itself is a good deed. It has had great influence.
The requirement of true universal suffrage is popular,
not only welcome by Hong Kong people,
but also by the circle of international public opinion."
However, there is only one prediction
that has not been broken during this one month.
Chengjue Zhang: “If you count on the Government making
any significant concession, then it is impossible."
On Oct. 28, “People’s Daily" Overseas Edition, continued
to accuse the Occupy Central movement as a sort
of “colour revolution",
and also citing the words of the anti-Occupy Central
citizens to criticise the movement.
In an article about interviewing Lam Kwong Siu and Guozan Hu,
who both share in the role of honourable Chairmen of Hong Kong
Federation of Fujian Associations,
they once again referred to the “foreign intervention" as,
“messing with Hong Kong and tearing apart China" etc.
The voice of Hong Kong people for true universal suffrage
has lasted for one month now,
but the government still does not respond to it.
How is the next step of the campaign going to go and in what
direction will it follow?
Different people have different opinions.
Some people think that the retreat means failure.
While others feel more people should stand with the movement,
from grass roots people to mainstream society, standing together
as one voice demanding democracy.
Chengjue Zhang: “I think the Hong Kong Federation
of Students (HKFS),
Scholarism and Occupy Central With Love And Peace shall
return to the community step by step,
and this might be the best strategy."
At present, the Occupy Central sponsors Benny Tai
and Chan Kin Man have said that they will resume
work as teachers at their universities.
But Benny Tai said in the occupied area in Admiralty
on Tuesday morning, that he was not leaving the movement,
nor exit, or on different roads to the students.
Excluding working for the necessary teaching activities,
he will stay in the square most of the time.
Also, Benny Tai called upon the Government to consider
planning for a non-binding referendum
on the resolution made by CCP’s National People Conference
Standing Committee (NPCSC) on Aug. 31,
allowing Hong Kong people free expression of their views.
Benny Tai said that the Government could report
the outcome of the referendum to the Central Government.
On the other hand, this could offer conditions to allow citizens
the choice of whether to stay in the occupied areas,
or return back to the community continuing to strive for true
HKFS Secretary General Alex Chow agrees, but reiterated
the bottom line is that the withdrawal of the resolution is made
by NPCSC on August 31st.
Under this framework there is no room for further discussion.
Meanwhile, Pan-Democratic Legislative Council Members
have said, they do not rule out launching a resignation,
and then using true universal suffrage as a political platform
to re-elect the members, which equates to launching a referendum,
making a clear expression to CCP for Hong Kong people’s demands
on true universal suffrage.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/GuoJing