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Movie Kings Condemn Government Violence
As the Occupy Central continues, the entertainment circle
also voices its support.
Hong Kong movie kings including Chow Yun-fat, Andy
Lau and Nick Cheung condemned the Hong Kong government＇s
Even movie king Tony Leung, who seldom speaks publicly,
came out to support Hong Kong people＇s peaceful appeal by
condemning the government＇s excesses.
Chief executive Leung Chun-ying has become the focus
Occupy Central has received global attention and continued to
make an impact everywhere, including on Hong Kong
Oct. 1, Chow Yun-fat criticized the Hong Kong government
in a phone interview with Apple Daily.
He said: “The people and students are so brave.
It is really impressive. The police were wrong from the first day.
How could they use tear gas?"
As for Leung Chun-ying＇s support for the police and rejecting
dialogue with the students, Chow said: “The continuing use
of violence against the students will only further disgust
the Hong Kong people."
Andy Lau posted on his official website Andy World Club:
＇Hongkongers, love Hong Kong, care for yourself, care for others.
No tear gas, no arms, no verbal abuse.＇
He also urged the students and the protesters to watch out
for their own safety.
Hong Kong Film Award best actor Nick Cheung showed up
on the streets on Sept. 30, wearing black to support the students.
In the event, Nick Cheung called on the government to stop
any more violence and listen to public opinion.
He hoped to see the students return home safely.
On Oct. 2, Tony Leung, who rarely speaks in public,
told Apple Daily: “I support the peaceful demand.
I oppose the excesses of the government.
I hope the government will demonstrate its sincerity
and conduct a dialogue with the people as soon as possible."
Hong Kong writer Zhang Chengjue: “They obviously support
universal values democracy, freedom, the rule of law
and human rights.
That＇s why they would stand up against Beijing＇s
heavy repression against the people＇s request."
Zhang Chengjue believes that the artists support the students
regardless of the potential damage to their personal interests
shows people are different from animals.
Other than the material, spiritual needs are also important.
Mainland poet and cultural critic Ye Kuangzheng: “In a country
with strong sense of democracy, the artists, as public figures, their
behavior represents the level of a country or right consciousness."
Since the Occupy Central started, many Hong Kong artists
showed their support by uploading their school time photos.
Hong Kong artists Chapman To, actress Jenny Tseng, veteran
actor Anthony Wong, singers Denise Hoand Gloria Yip, Beyond
Band lead guitarist Paul Wong, singer Anthony Wong, Hong
Kong star Sammi Cheng (Sammi) and Gigi Leung also voiced
their support to Occupy Central or opposition to the Government.
From Taiwan’s entertainment world, the singer Deserts Chang,
actress Michelle Chen, director Giddens Ko, the new generation
artist Chen Irene also showed their support across the sea.
Hong Kong＇s Next Media President Jimmy Lai participated
in the Occupy Central for several days.
The picture of him being choked by tear gas smoke and flushed
by water was published on the cover of Time magazine.
In an interview with CNN, Jimmy Lai said Hong Kong people
don＇t want to be enslaved and are fighting for the freedom
and democracy that they are entitled to.
Beijing artist, independent filmmaker Yang Weidong:
“I believe genuine universal suffrage concerns each individual＇s
interest in Hong Kong and that is why they voice their support."
Currently, Leung Chun-ying is one of the main targets
of the protest.
He has been accused of authorizing riot police to use tear gas
against demonstrators and been asked to step down.
Currently, Leung Chun-ying＇s civil support is very low.
Hong Kong＇s Open Magazine editor-in-chief Jin Zhong said,
“The main reason why Hong Kong people oppose
Leung Chun-ying is that he was not elected by the people.
He has been considered a puppet of the Communist Party
because he was very close to the party; so is his policy."