Date
23 May 2017
The stunning debut of two young lawmakers from Youngspiration -- Leung Chun-hang and Yau Wai-ching (middle) instantly spread the pro-independence cause worldwide. Photo: HKEJ
The stunning debut of two young lawmakers from Youngspiration -- Leung Chun-hang and Yau Wai-ching (middle) instantly spread the pro-independence cause worldwide. Photo: HKEJ

Revolutions are fought in the streets

It appears Leung Chun-ying is set to seek a second term, which will boost the turnout of the Jan. 1 protest next year.

The protest is also likely to provide a platform for the anti-Leung faction in the pro-establishment camp, pan-democrats and and the up-and-coming pro-independence groups to cooperate with one another to stop Leung from getting reelected.

But they should not play by the rules laid down by the pan-democrats. Instead, they should take center stage and adopt a new strategy.

The way the pan-democrats have been fighting for democracy in the past 30 years has been proven to be a complete failure.

They are losing popularity among young people.

The last thing the new generation of activists should do is follow the old path and set pattern. If they do, they themselves will soon be outdated and cast aside by young voters, too.

Look at how the pan-democrats are still obsessed with competing for the chairmanship of various Legco committees with the pro-establishment camp and you can tell they are completely hopeless.

Their lust for power and the spotlight suggests they are utterly out of touch with the new political reality — the street has replaced the Legco chamber as a  battleground for the democracy movement.

Being chairman of a Legco panel achieves nothing when it comes to fighting for democracy and standing up to tyranny.

The pan-democrats might also have noticed the changing reality, but perhaps they find the nice title of committee chairman that comes with a swanky office too attractive to give up.

As history has proven time and again, revolutions are fought in the streets with blood, sweat and tears, not in some extravagant parliament building.

Luckily, I still see a lot of hope in the newly elected activist lawmakers.

While the pan-democrats were eagerly eyeing the chairmanship of Legco panels, Eddie Chu flew to London to find out whether Legco President Andrew Leung did actually give up his British passport.

And the stunning debut of the two young lawmakers from Youngspiration at the swearing-in ceremony last week instantly spread the pro-independence cause worldwide.

You cannot achieve that just by chairing Legco meetings.

These young people in fact epitomize the new breed of go-getting politicians we can count on.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Oct. 18

Translation by Alan Lee

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