採訪/朱智善 編輯/尚燕 後製/舒燦
The Ninth Day: Calm But No Retreat
Monday, the ninth day of Occupy Central, schools resumed,
some students went back to classes with yellow ribbons,
and some public servants also went back to work
with yellow ribbons.
The Occupy Central in Mong Kok and the Admiralty
has been relatively quiet.
The organizers urge people to continue the occupation.
While the talk between the Hong Kong Federation
of Students (federation) and the Government has yet
to occur, commentators analyze the possible development
in Hong Kong.
Rumors about police cracking down on the protest along
with worries from earlier mob attacks had many call
on the students to evacuate.
However, Alex Chow, the secretary-general of the federation,
urged the rally in Admiralty to remain and emphasized
that dialogue with the government will not compromise.
Alex Chow: “For example, who we call the chief executive
has repeatedly talked about force evacuation and suppression.
We know his intention, because he is the greatest beneficiary
when there is no democracy.
Under such circumstances are we bound to adhere to our right
to nominate and directly elect the chief executive.
We will not give way."
On Oct. 6, the ninth day of Occupy Central, classes resumed
in the Central and Western District and Wan Chai.
Many businesses were open in Mong Kok.
Occupation continued on the bridge between the Admiralty
Center and government headquarters, keeping a small passage
open for civil servants to get to work.
Many protesters remained at Mong Kok and Harcourt Road,
that leads to government headquarters.
Hong Kong police reported on the sixth that 37 people
were arrested over the weekend conflict.
Many more anti-protest identities were exposed.
For example, a Facebook page revealed a bald man claiming
to be a Hong Konger who opposes the protest was actually
a tourist from Shenzhen in another media report.
Columnist Zhang Cheng-Jue believes the anti-protest violence
over the weekend, actually disgusted Hongkongers
rather than intimidated people.
Zhang Cheng-Jue: “The demonstrators have seen the violence
and the ignorance of the police.
They would have felt it is a deliberate condoning
by the government.
Some even think it is a tacit understanding of the government.
The violence could only serve the opposite."
The dialogue between the federation and the Government
is still up in the air.
In the midnight of the Oct. 5, the federation deputy secretary
Lester Shum had a preparatory meeting with the Government.
But the Government did not agree on the three demands
of the federation, including several rounds of dialogue
between the students and officials
and the implementation of conversations.
Therefore, the federation announced political reform
negotiation will not be officially launched.
So, what will be the next move of Occupy Central?
What are the chances of a dialogue between the students
and the Government?
China’s social problems researcher Zhang Jian: “Eventually,
nothing will come of dialogue between Leung Chun-ying
We see it again that in every movement, trespassers would
show up and appeal to the students to give up on their most
effective street movement.
In fact, all of the fight for democracy will ultimately
manifest in the streets."
Zhang Jian indicates this trend in Hong Kong is precisely
dictated by the nature of the Communist regime.
Zhang Jian: “The problems in Hong Kong did not simply
take place due to what the Communist congress has done.
The Communist regime is its most fundamental cause.
It is hostile to world peace and humanity.
The Communist regime is evil itself.
It is bound to destroy the system of democracy, freedom
and respect for universal values, so that it will take over."
Zhang Jian says Leung Chun-ying´s reaction is exactly
a replica of the Communists during the 1989 student protest.
Hong Kong is a mirror to reflect the true face
of the Communist Party to the mainlanders.
Zhang Jian: “If you believe in the CCP, take a look
at the 1989 massacre;
If you believe in the Communist regime, take a look
at Hong Kong.
If these could happen in a place like Hong Kong,
how could it not happen elsewhere in China?"
On the Oct. 6, protesters staying in Mong Kok showed
no concern regarding the inability to persist.
They said the fight for democracy is a long road
and they will not give up at this time.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/ShuCan