A Southern District councilor is leaving the Democratic Party to pursue his own political beliefs.
Au Nok-hin, 30, said in a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday night that it was a tough decision to leave the party which he considers the cradle of his political life, hk01.com reports.
Au was a member of the Democratic Party’s executive committee. He joined the party in 2010.
Au said his political ideology is different from that of the party and he wants to pursue his personal political beliefs.
He said the political atmosphere has changed since the government began to repress the pan-democratic camp after the 2014 Occupy Central movement, and he sees integration of different parties as more important than each going its own way.
More people should come forward to fight repression, he said, adding this is one reason he has chosen to become independent.
He said that only by strengthening the cohesive power of the community can democracy succeed in Hong Kong, adding this is something he will focus on after leaving the party.
Au said a politician should not be complacent and should not give up persistence for comfort, referencing a quote from Martin Luther King Jr: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Meanwhile, Civil Human Rights Front said Au’s position as its convenor will be taken over by Sammy Ip Chi-hin from concern group Student Fight for Democracy next year, Apple Daily reported.
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