Dear Hong Kong people,
We are a group of protesters who came on our own accord. We had no other way - it is not our wish to protest against tyranny with our own bodies, nor to occupy the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as a bargaining chip for negotiation. The government puts forward only lies and ill logic, with no intention to respond to our incessant demands as we took to the streets. The only thing we can do is to counter the arbitrary government with justice, conscience, and our infinite love for Hong Kong as well as Hong Kong people.
The HKSAR government has been established for 22 years, but our socio-economic living conditions have been in retrogression. This situation has aggravated since Carrie Lam took over as Chief Executive, who proposed amendments to extradition laws against the wishes of over 1 million Hong Kong people. With unconditional love for the city, Hong Kong people have fought hard to plead for the government to withdraw the amendments since June. Each of us knew our role and played it well. Our endeavours might have been peaceful, or bold, or even resulted in injuries and bloodshed, but the government paid no heed and remained hostile to Hong Kong people.
The current administration no longer prioritises the interests of Hong Kong people. To make our voices heard by the government, we had no way but to resort to various kinds of occupation and disobedience activities, including the occupation of the Legislative Council today. Some people might criticise our action, but what has caused us to do this? What has caused division and mounting grievances in our society? What has Hong Kong done wrong? Why are Hong Kong people forced to this end? Unarmed and not violent, with all good will upholding nothing but justice, we have no fear and do what we believe is right. We sincerely wish the government could mend its wrongs at once.
We the occupiers demand for the government to implement our following five demands:
1. Withdraw the amendments to the exradition laws completely
2. Withdraw the characterisation of the past demonstrations as riot
3. Remove all charges for protesters caught for opposing to extradition
4. Initiate full investigation into the abuse of power by the police
5. Disband the Legislative Council by executive order and implement universal suffrage at once
We have lost three young people who took their lives in protest of extradition. We do bear their frustration and anger, but have not given up on kindness. We do not wish to see any one lost yet again in this battle for democracy, freedom and justice. May society stand as one in protest of extradition and tyranny, and safeguard Hong Kong our city.