By: 良善如你 Kind-hearted as you
Today (21 Feb) is the seventh-month memorial of the 7.21 incident. Many of our bros and sises say the movement had cooled down and are despairing about this
I'd like to give my insights on the reasoning and discuss the weaknesses in our attitude for this movement.
What do you think when you saw these pictures? Angry
? These are all emotions. A resistance is something of an emotional nature, and it's pretty normal to fuel a protest up with passions. The question is, what do these emotions bring in the long run?
The protest slogans reflect our attitudes:
At the beginning of the protest, the slogan was, "Carrie Lam, step down!" Then the most famous slogans among the Yellows (protestors) became "Corrupt cops, may your whole family die!" "Dissolve the HKPF," "On 7/21, you allowed attacks; On 8/31, you coordinated attacks," "Hongkongers, Revenge!"
These slogans are expressing rage and hatred to "others."
On the contrary, "Hongkongers, Go!" and "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our times" are slogans expressing support and encouragement to "ourselves."
Which kind of slogans do you like the most?
Since 7/21 Yuen Long Terrorist Attack, many who were neutral/"light blue"/"light yellow" (those who were not quite devoted to social movements) awakened. They started to protest because of the discontent with police-triads cahoot and police brutality. The main motivation behind their actions is dissatisfaction with the police, instead of a vision for Hong Kong's future and the love to fellow Hongkongers.
The problem here is that once police brutality and bloody scenes disappeared from the media, these people are very likely to fade out from the protest.
Why whenever signs of cooling down shows, there are bros and sises on their kneels begging, and even risk themselves to fight the police knowing that it would only end up with blood and sacrifices? Because some of our bros and sises thought, only with these scenes would Hongkongers stay in the fight. They try to keep the momentum with bloodshed, but this is rather inhuman and cannot sustain the movement.
How can we keep up the resistance? What kind of attitude do we need? Let me introduce a man to you. His name is Edward Leung.
Edward started protests way before the Anti-ELAB movement. He was active from the 2014 Umbrella Revolution to the 2016 Fishball Revolution. Until the moment right before he underwent the trial, he was still active in lobbying overseas.
Others have criticized him. They called him a spy and nasty pro-independent dog.
When he was active in the social movements, police brutality was relatively calm.
He did not have many companions. His supporters are mainly from the localist groups.
When the Fishball Revolution took place in 2016, most people distanced themselves from him, as he might face ten years imprisonment for rioting charges.
How come he could keep fighting until they put him in jail?
He experienced helplessness in the Umbrella Revolution, witnessed the police's abuse of power, but he decided to fight with love instead of hatred.
He cares about "us" because he loves Hong Kong and Hongkongers.
He initiated a revolution of our time, to liberate Hong Kong.
Why would I think that Edward has the same thought as I? Let me quote his letter to Hongkongers:
(Editor's note: scroll down for part 2