Date
24 August 2017
The best way for pan-democrats to counter Leung Chun-ying’s political persecution is by launching another Umbrella Movement that is bigger and better planned. Photo: HKEJ
The best way for pan-democrats to counter Leung Chun-ying’s political persecution is by launching another Umbrella Movement that is bigger and better planned. Photo: HKEJ

How to mount a counter-offensive against CY Leung

It is obvious that the Leung Chun-ying regime is mounting an all-out political persecution of the pro-democracy camp.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will file judicial review applications against four nativist lawmakers who failed to deliver their oaths of office properly and seek their removal.

The ongoing political onslaught mounted by CY Leung is actually directed at the pan-democrats. The nativist and pro-independence groups are only a pretext.

What truly worries Beijing is our demand for western-style democracy rather than separatism.

Pan-democrats are engaged in a life-and-death struggle — either they get ready for an ultimate showdown with Leung and Beijing or face annihilation.

I don’t speak for the pan-democrats nor do I like them, but I will offer them my tiny piece of advice.

The deadliest counter-offensive against the Leung regime would be another “Umbrella Revolution” because tyrants are always afraid of a unified and well-organized mass resistance movement with a common goal.

In fact, the Occupy Movement two years ago would have succeeded had the wimpy pan-democrats not pulled out of the movement and betrayed it.

It didn’t work because begging never works in the fight against tyranny.

However, this time I would not suggest the pro-democracy camp stage another occupy movement as soon as possible, let’s say, on New Year’s Day 2017.

Another reason for the failure of the Occupy Movement was that it was ill-prepared and poorly organized.

The Occupy Movement took place purely by accident and everyone in the pan-democratic camp was caught off guard.

Having learned from that painful lesson, if the pan-democrats have the guts to pull off another occupy movement, I would strongly suggest that they plan carefully to make sure the movement will be a massive and well-planned action with a clear and convincing goal.

Since the court trials over the legitimacy of the four nativist lawmakers are likely to drag on for months, and it would be at least until the summer or even the autumn of 2017 when any by-election will take place, I think the pan-democrats can launch counter-offensives simultaneously on two fronts.

They can organize a peaceful protest on Jan. 1, 2017 as a prelude, then they should warn the Leung regime that they would mount the second Occupy Movement in six months unless it agrees to stop the legal harassment of the four localists.

In the meantime, the pan-democrats should try to win as many seats as possible in the Election Committee election scheduled for this Sunday to give them substantial leverage with the candidates.

And they should demand all candidates, apart from Leung Chun-ying, pledge to halt the legal persecution of pro-democracy lawmakers once they are elected.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Dec. 6

Translation by Alan Lee

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