Taiwan student activist Lin Fei-fan has applauded the courage of the leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) for their decision to take the pro-democracy fight to Beijing, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
Lin, leader of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement, which organized large-scale protests on the island earlier this year to protest a cross-strait services pact, noted that the HKFS has decided to send five student representatives to Beijing to seek a dialogue with top mainland officials on political reform.
The students aim to push Beijing into withdrawing its restrictive framework for the Hong Kong chief executive election.
“It’s unlikely that Beijing will agree to their demands… and allow Hong Kong citizens to enjoy true democracy,” Lin was quoted as saying in a Facebook post.
Despite the slim chances of success in their mission, the move by the student leaders to take the fight to the next level speaks of their “courage and spirit”, Lin said.
He noted that student representatives would be making the journey to Beijing at considerable personal risk.
Separately, Siu Kin-tao, former secretary general of the HKFS, said the decision to send a team to Beijing may not be a bad idea and that students can take a chance.
But, they have to think carefully about “safety issues”, and try not to challenge the national sovereignty, which is not their purpose, the veteran student activist said, according to Apple Daily.
HKFS activists threatened last week to stage a protest during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, a move that will boost global awareness for their campaign.
Next Media Group chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying said it will be good for the student activists to visit Beijing although their chance of securing a meeting with Chinese officials is slim.
If mainland authorities arrest the student representatives, at least half-a-million people will take to the streets in Hong Kong in a protest rally, he warned.
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