Student movements are meaningful not so much for their outcomes as for awakening society to certain issues, the Hong Kong Econmomic Journal reported Tuesday, citing a top academic.
Ivan Choy, a senior lecturer in government and public administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said student movements in Hong Kong in the past 50 years have been built on simple moral concepts such as standing up for justice.
The outcome may not be immediate but increased social awareness of issues ultimately results from these movements, he said.
People in power consider these movements a nightmare because these could plant the seeds of change.
Democratic Party politician Richard Tsoi, a former leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said student protests have a way of mobilizing the community.
However, it was not until the pro-democracy movement in Beijing in 1989 that student movements in Hong Kong started to gain recognition, Tsoi said.
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