占中民众LAU SAN CHING：“不管怎样，这是一种姿态。但我不认为它很有效，因为我们现在需要的是可实现民主真普选的结果。这是我们为之奋斗的，必须找到方法来达到。”
Leung Chun-yin: Students’ Hunger Strike Is Pointless
Scholarism convener Joshua Wong and two other members
announced an indefinite hunger strike to fight for
Up to Dec. 2, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
gave no positive response.
Many were reminded of the hunger strike in Tiananmen Square
in the 1989 students movement.
While it worries many if the hunger strike will receive
a response from the HK government,
the Occupy Central is faced with clearing at Admiralty.
On Monday night rally by the Federation of Students
and Scholarism at the Admiralty, the Secretary-General
of the Federation Alex Chow paid tribute to his comrades
who joined the event of surrounding the government buildings.
He apologized to those who were injured.
Six representatives from both organizations took the stage
and bowed to apologize.
They reiterated their insistence on peace and non-violent
Joshua Wong announced the start of an indefinite hunger strike
that day along with two female members of Scholarism,
a college student Isabella Lo and a high school girl Prince Wong
on Tim Mei Avenue.
Joshua Wong: “We want the central government to withdraw
the National People’s Congress decision.
We want Leung Chun-ying to immediately terminate
his consultative work, and restart political reform.
From this moment, we will launch an indefinite hunger strike
until Leung Chun-ying government restarts the dialogue
on political reform."
On Dec. 2 morning prior to the meeting at the Executive Council,
Leung Chun-ying, did not respond to the question of whether
to meet with the students, according to Apple Daily.
Leung only expressed the weather is cold and the students
should take care of themselves.
He also indicated that he’s not unsympathetic
but universal suffrage can’t be achieved by protest.
He stressed any protest is futile.
Meanwhile, the three students on hunger strike
stayed in three blue tents at the Admiralty.
Hunger strike student, Isabelle Lo: “We know it is
civil disobedience and we know what we are doing
and we have this hunger strike because we believe
that we have carried out a series of actions
but we think it has been proven that those actions
may not be sufficient to urge the government to do more."
The Hong Kong students’ hunger strike leaves very mixed
feelings for Zheng Cunzhu, the 1989 student movement
Zheng Cunzhu: “How to say it…it suddenly reminded us
of the hunger strike in Tiananmen Square more than 20 years
ago for the fight against corruption.
The simple and pure pursuit of the students showed
in their hunger strike manifesto.
They believe it’s their responsibility as the youngsters.
The future of Hong Kong is theirs.
They can’t give up the heavy duty on their shoulders."
Since the beginning of the Umbrella Movement,
it has been compared to the 1989 student movement.
In the free and democratic environment, along with
advanced communications, Hong Kong’s protest has been
seen to exceed the approach back in 1989.
But, what made the Hong Kong students decide to take
the same final resort, hunger strike?
Zheng Cunzhu: “I think the main reason is that
the HK government itself is not in a position to decide,
even though it is said to be one country, two systems,
and Hong Kong people running Hong Kong. In fact, it is not so.
This large scale protest in any democratic country would have
tumbled down the government and the Chief Executive
would have resigned.
With the CCP’s instruction from behind, it has no control.
So, I believe the students are one step at a time taking the
humble approach towards….sigh……
the hunger strike like the old days."
Liu Shui, also a 1989 student protest participant, wrote
on Twitter: “The students have taken all the gentle approaches
25 years ago in China; dialogue, kneel, and finally they were
forced to take to hunger strike, but only met a bloody crackdown.
Today in Hong Kong, the students took the same and all possible
gentle approaches; the dialogue, arrest, non-violence, and still
finally they are forced to take to hunger strikes.
What will be the end result?
What’s changed is the time, what’s not changed
is the innocence and sincerity of the students
and the cold-blooded authoritarian."
Will the hunger strikes receive any response
from the HK government?
Not just the activists who experienced the 1989 democracy
movement but also many Hong Kongers are not optimistic.
Pro-democracy activist, Lau San Ching: “Anyways, it is a gesture,
but I don’t think it’s so effective because what we need now
is a possible outcome for democracy of the universal suffrage,
that is what we are fighting for,
so we have to find a means to go to that end."
While a governmental response can be a long and endless wait,
the students are in an imminent danger of being cleared.
Hong Kong’s High Court has accepted the application
of a bus company, All China Express, of a temporary injunction
The police are authorized to assist bailiffs to clear the occupation.
The earliest clear out is anticipated to be Thursday.
Interview & Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/Chen Jianming