Winning young pro-dem LegCo candidates are 'Localists'
Be aware and vigilant against the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) false narratives!
In addition to breaching the Joint Declaration CCP has committed fraud against HK people by not allowing HK people their fundamental UN human rights including of self determination and independence! ICCPR article 1 "All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development."
In defeat, the CCP's narrative is to criminalise, tar and feather every Hong Konger (HK) who does not kowtow and support them as being radical, violent terrorists who under foreign influence are involved in secession or subvention!
The goal of the majority of HK people including the pro-democracy candidates is to win 35+ seats out of 70 in the 6 September 2020 Legislative Council (LegCo) elections
On 11 and 12 July 2020 HK's pro-democracy primaries' candidates for the upcoming LegCo elections includes a number of young 'Localists' who uphold the Joint Declaration, are NOT seeking HK's independence, and are creating a new democratic HK and political order.
The key is the sychronization of all pro-democrats to ensure winning 35+ seats: this requires unity and cooperation.
As young activists eye geographic Legco seats, they vow to sync strategy with allies
Apple Daily 16 July 2020
Young activists who snatched the major share of votes in last weekend’s primaries for legislative seats promise they’ll cooperate with other pro-democracy parties to win at least 23 of the 35 seats in the Legislative Council election’s geographical constituency in September.
Sixteen youthful candidates -- including longtime activists Joshua Wong and Lester Shum - will represent the pro-democracy camp in September’s election. A central component of their platforms is to confront the government if elected.
At a press conference on Wednesday, they said their first task now was to unite candidates from other pro-democracy parties to form a strategy for the upcoming election. They are debating if they should sign a controversial, but not mandatory form that states each will uphold the Basic Law.
Because signing is voluntary, pro-democracy candidates say it is a government tactic to divide the camp. Alan Leong, Civic Party chairman, said the group would consider uniting with young activists on the confirmation form matter.
Shum, a district councilor and former student leader in the 2014 mass occupation known as the Umbrella Movement, said the youth bloc would meet with 12 other primary winners to discuss the issue. “Either we all sign it, or we all do not sign it,” Shum said.
He said the bloc planned to embark on a joint campaign across the city with other pro-democracy candidates to gain support. The goal is to win 23 out of the 35 directly-elected seats in the geographical constituency.
Wong said he expected disagreements over the form. He said he hoped all pro-democracy candidates would act in unison amid threats from the national security law. Government officials, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, told reporters that the primaries, designed to winnow out weaker candidates, may have violated Basic Law and the new national security act.
When asked if he was concerned about being disqualified from the election, Wong said if many candidates were disqualified, foreign countries would increase their punitive actions against the government. This month, the United States passed a law that calls for sanctions against individuals that helped to strip Hong Kong’s autonomy.
Alan Leong said his Civic Party would look for opportunities to cooperate with all candidates. Four candidates from his party won the primaries.
He warned, however, that Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp could not afford an internal split.
The primary of democrats show CCP Hongkongers are iron-willed
Apple Daily 16 July 2020. By Glacier Kwong
On July 11 and 12, the democratic camp of Hong Kong held their first ever primary to whittle down the list of candidates for the Legislative Council election, making sure those left stand the best shot of occupying majority seats in the institute. More than 610,000 voters took part in the two-day election, which sent a strong political message to Hongkongers, the government, the CCP, and the world.
The high turnout rate of the primary has illustrated the will of Hongkongers against the National Security Law. 610,000 voters amount to more than 13.8% of the registered voters in Hong Kong, and it is about 35% of those who voted for the democratic camp in the district council election in 2019. On the eve of the primary, Hong Kong police raided the Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI) office, a co-organiser of the primary, attempting to seize computer devices from the office. It is believed that the police wanted to deter Hongkongers from taking part in the primary. What was worse was that Erick Tsang Kwok-wai and Carrie Lam repeatedly claimed that participation in the primary might be an act of subversion of the CCP and could be subjected to legal prosecution. But 610,000 voters still showed up to vote, which illustrates our will not to yield even under the threat from this newly implemented National Security Law, and that hundreds of thousands of people will keep on fighting for the freedom and democracy we are supposed to enjoy as individuals.
Through taking part in the weekend’s primary, we have sent a clear message to our fellow Hongkongers —I am not yielding, neither are you. The CCP should have realised that no matter whatever harsh methods it adopts aiming at cracking down on the democratic movement, they would all be in vain. Measures as drastic as the National Security Law have proven ineffective in deterring the pursuit of our fundamental rights. The free world has also witnessed the determination of ours to strive for our best in every aspect of life in the city, even though the system has crumbled and proven ineffective in terms of checks and balances. We will grasp every opportunity to turn the legislature into a tool for the fight for our fundamental rights.
The preliminary results suggest that Hongkongers will not compromise. As traditional parties lost grounds in most of the directly elected constituencies, localist or the valiant candidates, who had gained public attention for their role as activists in the movement, had the upper hand in the primary. Traditional party legislators have been heavily criticised for some of their poor track-records, and many voters have been discontent with the compromises they made with the government, thereby a large proportion of them were voted out in the primary, demonstrating what Hongkongers actually want to see in the chamber.
Voting for localists and valiant candidates, we have expressed clearly that we see no room for compromising with the government, and we have our choice to continue the fight we started last year. With 9000 Hongkongers being arrested, protesters jumping to their death and our daily routine being hindered by the police, we have finally realised that there is no turning back for us. We can never again pretend everything is going well, we can never again pretend there is nothing wrong and that the Legislative Council is a genuine legislature. Hongkongers have chosen not to bury their heads in the sand, but acknowledge the fact that the system is broken in every sense. However, we will fight and strive for one that is not.
The turnout and the results of the primary is surely encouraging and moving. Yet the result may prompt the CCP to further tighten their grip on the pro-democracy camp. It is expected that candidates will be disqualified, and the election may be postponed. The results would seem threatening to Beijing as it finds itself failing in cracking down on the will of Hongkongers. It will surely play more tricks from under its sleeves to make sure Hong Kong is fully under their control. However, Hongkongers have proved that there is no way they can deter us and our pursuit of freedom and democracy.
(Glacier Kwong, born and raised in Hong Kong, became a digital rights and political activist at the age of 15. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Law and working on the course for Hong Kong in Germany. Her work has been published on Washington Post, TIME, etc.).
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FURTHER READING: See our blog on the "The dangerous myth of monolithically right-wing Hong Kong Protesters"