A former Tiananmen activist says the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989 will not be repeated in Hong Kong.
Zhou Fengsuo cited deterrents to such a move including Hong Kong’s mature civil society, a strong judiciary and a vigilant press, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.
Also, he said Hong Kong’s diverse and well-developed social system can provide an effective oversight of the government.
Zhou used the word “great” to describe the Umbrella Movement several times during the HKEJ interview.
He said he had camped out in Admiralty with other protesters for seven days, reminiscent of his time in Tiananmen Square with his fellow activists 25 years ago.
Hongkongers are challenging the [international relations] model the Communist Party has built through its increasing economic influence, Zhou said.
He praised Hong Kong people for fighting vested political interests with common human decency.
China’s communist model has a destructive effect on universal values, he said, referencing Beijing’s overemphasis on economic growth at the expense of social issues such as human rights, pollution and governance.
He said once people have overcome their fear, the government’s hardline tactics will be ineffective.
Zhou said the Hong Kong protest movement may not achieve the desired results but it has succeeded in raising awareness that Hong Kong people “deserve democracy”.
He called it a success.
Democracy is the responsibility of Hong Kong people and also their biggest contribution to China and the world, Zhou said.
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