A wave of revolutions swept through Europe 26 years ago, in the year 1989. Started by the Independent Self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity” in Poland, campaigns of civil resistance promptly brought down one-party Communist authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe, ultimately leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The Chinese citizens, who were also agitating for liberty, democracy and equality after 40 years under the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), launched nationwide popular demonstrations in Beijing and other cities all over China. The 1989 Democracy Movement was a defining milestone of democracy in the Chinese world. Unfortunately, the largely peaceful civil resistance was smeared by the CCP’s “April 26 Editorial” as a “counter-revolutionary riot”, and was forcibly suppressed by the hardline CCP leaders’ order on 3 June that year. This appalling crackdown became commonly known as the June Fourth Massacre as the People’s Liberation Army with assault rifles and tanks inflicted huge casualties on unarmed civilians in Beijing.
The CCP’s response in bullets and tanks to the people’s reasonable claims was unacceptable under International Law; such crimes revealed the cold-blooded savageness of the authoritarian rulers, and were no less hideous than the crimes of the Nazis or the militarists. On justice and humanitarian grounds, Youngspiration strongly condemns the outrageous crimes against humanity committed by the CCP and the Chinese government. We also wish to extend our deepest condolences to the martyrs of the tragedy.
The June Fourth Massacre, though happened outside Hong Kong, brought about such widespread effect that many in Hong Kong were inspired by the dedication of the Chinese protestors at that time. To those Hong Kongers, this incident was their enlightenment in democracy. Facing uncertainties under the prospective transfer of sovereignty, many contemporary Hong Kongers dreamed a “Chinese Dream”, in which reforms built up a democratic China and a “democratic handover” of Hong Kong took place subsequent to the city’s breaking from the British colonisation. They were soon proved mistaken after 1997 by the Chinese government’s repeated delaying of the implementation of universal suffrage in Hong Kong and relentless suppression of freedom of speech and of the press in the city. The “Chinese Dream” has been shattered. Moreover, crony capitalism across the border also aggravated the decline of Hong Kongers’ livelihood and heightened the conflicting interests between Hong Kong and China.
Chronic suffering of our fellow citizens ultimately sparked the Umbrella Revolution on 28 September last year, when the tear gas canisters fired by the Hong Kong Police did not dispel the protestors but instead marked the irreparable division between Hong Kong, our home city, and China, the party’s country. Youngspiration believes that the key to our salvation lies in our own awakening; Hong Kongers of this generation should let go of the false hope of building a democratic China of the past and go our own way for the future.
Youngspiration disagrees with the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China on the Alliance’s goal to “build a democratic China” as we are convinced that that Hong Kong should fight for its own democratic development. We also believe that annual mourning in the form of candlelight vigil is no longer relevant to Hong Kong’s current struggle. In this light, Youngspiration would not take part in the candlelight vigil in the Victoria Park.
Blood has been shed in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Revolution, and CCP has already infiltrated our city through the Establishment. In remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for resisting authoritarianism in Beijing and elsewhere on Earth, and to fulfill our duty to our society, Youngspiration urges all Hong Kongers to stand up and take our chance to fight for liberty, democracy, equality and justice for all.
Demolish authoritarian regime!
Defend our city, our home!
六月 4, 2015