19 February 2019
Edward Leung says Hong Kong can learn from the tactics of some Taiwanese legislators in opposing the government. Photo: HKEJ
Edward Leung says Hong Kong can learn from the tactics of some Taiwanese legislators in opposing the government. Photo: HKEJ

Localist activist foresees more radical means of resistance

Edward Leung Tin-kei, a candidate in the upcoming Legislative Council by-election for New Territories East, said Hong Kong should learn from Taiwan’s parliament, where the opposition took radical measures to resist the government.

Leung, 24, the spokesman for localist group Hong Kong Indigenous, is on bail after being charged with participating in a riot in regard to the clashes in Mong Kok on Feb. 9.

He told the Hong Kong Economic Journal he hopes to extend the party’s influence using his election platform, and whether he will win the Legco seat is not his primary concern.

Leung said pan-democratic lawmakers have been too anxious about keeping their seats and following the mainstream of society.

Their exhortations to the government to make changes have proven ineffective, he said.

By contrast, Leung pointed at some radical actions taken by lawmakers in the Taiwanese parliament, such as occupying the podium of the legislature’s president to prevent him from passing certain motions.

He said he has also evaluated some methods of “uncertain legitimacy” to filibuster or to halt voting or meetings in Legco.

Leung admitted the effectiveness of the radical methods depends a great deal on whether they can result in motions being halted.

He said some methods might have a one-off success.

However, moderate means are doomed to fail, Leung said.

Responding to criticism of the effectiveness of adopting violent measures, Leung said he holds no hope for “one country, two systems”, and a bloody path of violence is inevitable during the pursuit of democracy, as seen in the history of every democratic place around the world.

Barrister Albert Leung Sze-ho, another candidate in the Legco by-election, asked Edward Leung if Hong Kong’s independence is just empty talk, as the city does not have its own military force.

He replied that when Taiwan was under the martial law imposed by the Kuomintang, although the public had no army, there were still voices advocating independence for the island.

Those advocates for independence were, in fact, members of the Democratic Progressive Party, which is now Taiwan’s ruling party.

Their “empty talk” of independence will become truth in the near future, Edward Leung said.

He said he had not foreseen the Mong Kok clashes on Feb. 8.

While he did not comment on the brick throwing by the protesters, he stressed that he would always stand by the side of the people.

Leung said a fund of several hundred thousand dollars has been raised to hire a team of solicitors to handle more than 60 legal cases in relation to the Mong Kok clashes.

He said that since he was a child, he has been inspired by Sun Yat-sen’s Three Principles of the People, which Leung learned from his father, who he said is a history teacher with a strong pro-Kuomintang and anti-communist stance.

Leung said that while his parents insisted that he not abandon his identity as a Chinese, he is completely cut off from China in all aspects.

He has been rebellious and has taken part in social movements since he was in secondary school, Leung said.

Opposition from even his parents will not affect his decisions, he said.

The candidates for the Legislative Council seat for the New Territories East geographical constituency: 1. Lau Chi-shing, 2. Nelson Wong Sing-chi, 3. Holden Chow Ho-ding, 4. Albert Leung Sze-ho, 5. Christine Fong Kwok-shan, 6. Edward Leung Tin-kei and 7. Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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