Peaceful Hong Kong Initiative Groups Support Hong Kong Students’ Appeal to Beijing
November 14, 2014
During the past 50 days, numerous Hong Kong residents and students have joined the umbrella movement, demanding universal suffrage. These protesters have demonstrated courageous morality and a resilient commitment to non-violence that has won wide respect from the international community. Despite all efforts from the students, the Hong Kong government refuses to budge.
We remain skeptical of the Hong Kong government’s promise to present to the central government the current situations regarding Beijing’s August 31 decision to reject full Hong Kong democracy. At the same time, Hong Kong government has intentionally demonized the umbrella movement for its commitment to democracy and universal suffrage. These acts of the Hong Kong government have blocked the passage to achieve a breakthrough by both parties for promoting democracy. Under these circumstances, it is a right decision for the Hong Kong students to travel to Beijing to appeal to the Central Government and for a possible dialogue with the Central Government. Peaceful Hong Kong Initiative groups have no reservation to support this rational initiative. We welcome and appreciate such an active move and tactics.
However, we must realize that such an appeal to Beijing would be a big challenge full of risks, difficulties and even dangers. The official Chinese state-run newspaper, the Global Times has criticized this appeal and labeled it illegal, hinting further blockage to this student-led initiative seeking universal suffrage in Hong Kong. In order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the appeal initiative by Hong Kong students, we call for global attention to this peaceful move, urging the Chinese government to respect the legitimate rights of the Chinese citizens guaranteed by the Chinese constitution. The government should allow the students to travel to Beijing and ensure their personal safety. The Chinese government should be genuine in carrying out this dialogue with students from Hong Kong.