採訪/秦雪 編輯/黃億美 後製/郭敬
Occupy Central Spiritual Leader Alex Chow Yong-kang
Hong Kong Occupy Central Movement has showcased
a number of outstanding young leaders.
Among them is Alex Chow.
Since April, Alex Chow, Secretary-General of the federation
(Hong Kong Federation of Students), has launched
a territory-wide strike on college campus to fight for genuine
They called on Leung Chun-ying to fulfill
his election campaign promises.
Alex Chow hopes to use this seemingly insignificant power
of the younger generation to change the fate Hong Kong’s
new generations for decades to follow
as well as consolidate the strength of democracy.
Alex Chow: “Using violence is not a brave deed.
Hong Kong people’s standing up to protest without fear
is a truly brave deed.”
This is Alex Chow, who speaks very concisely,
firmly and logically.
His name happens to be the same as the former Politburo
Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang
who was sacked due to corruption allegations.
Regarded as a mild-mannered student by outsiders,
Alex Chow often uplifts Occupy Central protesters’ morale.
He is in fact the spiritual symbol of the student movement
in Hong Kong.
The 24-year-old student from the University of Hong Kong,
Alex Chow, was born into a middle-class family.
With a passion for literature since childhood, he is working
on a double major in comparative literature
and sociology at the university.
Since April, Alex Chow has been Secretary-General
of the federation.
People’s impression of him is that he’s a knowledgeable
person with strong analytical skills and an ability to reason.
On Sept. 22, Alex Chow declared a joint strike statement
on behalf of the federation, stressing that Hong Kong people
must negate the reform package adopted by the National
He clearly declared to the Beijing central government
that Hong Kong people need genuine universal suffrage.
Then he led the students to step forward,
thus the student movement formally kicked off.
Hong Kong Legislative Council member Alan Leong Kah-kit:
“I think he grasps the pulse of the entire movement.
His analytical and leadership skills are outstanding.”
In terms of the possible after-effects of the strike, Alex Chow
said that if people continue to live their daily lives
and go to school as usual, it’s in fact tantamount to murdering
Hong Kong with their own indifference.
Chow added that over the past 30 years, Hong Kong
has attempted to gain democracy through negotiations,
elections and parliamentary procedures.
But these strategies are ineffective
against the Beijing authorities.
Now, the action people should take is to protest,
that is, civic action.
In Oct, Alex Chow addressed tens of thousands of people
protesting at Admiralty.
He criticized the government for turning a blind eye
to violence and abuse of power.
He also made it clear that they would fearlessly adhere
to the end.
That night, people held up cell phones to illuminate
the Hong Kong night.
Alex Chow: “Every night our so-called chief executive
repeatedly told us that the government would resort
to force to clear the sites and crack down on the protests.
We do know his plot because he is the biggest beneficiary
Under this circumstance, we must insist on our principles,
that is, civic nomination, abolishing functional constituencies.
We will never give in.”
It has been 17 years since Hong Kong’s return
to China in 1997.
The promise of democratic rule remains far away
from the people.
Hong Kong citizens’ right to participate
has been gradually deprived.
Young students in Hong Kong, including Alex Chow,
have been forced to take to the streets to voice their anger.
Alex Chow: “After we talked about fighting for democracy
decades ago, we believed that every July 1 would be
the beginning of our fight for democracy.
But unexpectedly, Hong Kong people’s fight for democracy
turned out to be taking to streets and occupying the streets.”
Lyrics: “Sitting peacefully among the crowds,
we’re not unscarred;
We are frightened of what will happen next.
But when life comes to the point tonight,
nothing is more terrifying than not speaking our hearts.”
As there have been some positives resulting from
the Occupy Central Movement Alex Chow has become
the focus of criticism by both the media
and pro-Beijing groups.
When it comes to whether he would worry whether his
“criminal record” might have a negative impact on his future,
Alex Chow casually said, “If one’s little sacrifice is traded for
tremendous progress of democracy, it would be worthwhile.”
In terms of the “choice to bow one’s head and accept his
misfortunes or stand up to defy fate,” Alex Chow
and other Occupy Central protesters have undoubtedly chosen
to stand up to face their own future.
Interview/QinXue Edit/Huang Yiru Post-Production/GuoJing