Date
20 August 2017
Mok Siu-man kneels on the road as he faces riot police in Admiralty on Sept. 28. Mok has decided to end his hunger strike. Photos: Next Media, Metro Daily
Mok Siu-man kneels on the road as he faces riot police in Admiralty on Sept. 28. Mok has decided to end his hunger strike. Photos: Next Media, Metro Daily

Occupy activist ends week-long hunger strike

A pro-democracy protester has decided to end a week-long hunger strike in front of the government headquarters and surrender to the police.

Mok Siu-man, a former government surveyor in his 50s, was set to present himself to authorities at the police headquarters in Wan Chai on Wednesday, Apple Daily reported.

A lawyer who is assisting him said he will probably be charged with street obstruction, illegal gathering and public disturbance.

Mok said he was among the protesters who were dispersed by police using tear gas on the first day of the Occupy campaign on Sept. 28. Instead of fleeing, he said he knelt down in front of the riot police.

He said he started his hunger strike on Oct. 2 to dramatize the Hong Kong people’s demand for true democracy. 

Mok, who is single, said he was willing to sacrifice because “if we don’t sacrifice today, we may need to sacrifice more in the future”.

He said he has been suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and chest pains.

He originally intended for his hunger strike to last for four days, but his determination enabled him to last longer.

Mok said he drew inspiration from the crowds who were cheering him up as he pursued his protest. He also said part of his strategy was not to look at those who were eating. 

He said he believed in the power of sacrifice, citing the Kaohsiung Incident of 1979, in which leading Taiwanese opposition figures launched a protest and were arrested. The incident paved the way for democracy on the island.

He called on citizens to be ready for sacrifice so that the seeds of public awakening can be sowed, the report said.

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