Date
18 October 2017
Hong Kong Economic Journal chief adviser Cho Yan-chiu says the road to democracy will be long and painful. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong Economic Journal chief adviser Cho Yan-chiu says the road to democracy will be long and painful. Photo: HKEJ

Prepare for worst, persist till end, columnist urges activists

The fight for democracy is not a game, and advocates should prepare for the worst and push through to the end, popular financial columnist and Hong Kong Economic Journal chief adviser Cho Yan-chiu said.

Cho said the public was up against a powerful government that is unlikely to compromise easily with opponents of last month’s white paper on Hong Kong, according to a report by Apple Daily on Monday.

The path to true democracy will be long and painful and could mean financial turmoil or high unemployment, the report quoted Cho as saying. Youth should think clearly about the price they are willing to pay before signing up for the fight.

“I don’t want young people to regret their decision once they realize the real costs,” Cho said.

He said he is worried that his and the next generation will not see the day Hong Kong realizes true democracy.

“If [young people are] determined to it, please keep on fighting to the end,” Cho was quoted as saying. “They should also learn to protect themselves.”

Apple Daily said it was rare for Cho, the author of the journal’s Investor Diary column, to comment on political issues.

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