Another piece to try the archive out. This one is super long. Please bear with us if there're any grammatical mistakes or whatsoever. We had a hard time proofing this.
Our movement is facing the most dangerous time of all
by F at F at
I compiled many discussions of our mates on LIHKG, and I realised what the government is planning underway. I hope you won't feel TL;DR and read until the end my humble opinions:
1. The government played tricks to call for a radicalisation of militant protesters' actions;
2. The government deployed undercovers, making them doing lots of "radical" acts and frame those as protesters' works;
3. The government has mastered ways to manipulate opinions on LIHKG;
4. A diversion of views is observed regarding extreme courses of action.
-> Resulting in a diversion between the previously united peaceful and militant protesters, leading us to follow the footsteps of the failed Umbrella Revolution.
1. Put a halt on our militant protest actions, pause all refurbishment work and stop calling upon vigilante justice.
2. Peaceful protesters to step in again on all fronts;
3. Continue to make our protests a daily thing.
Firstly, the government has been reckless in implementing the emergency law, an outdated law that will grant the Chief Executive unlimited power, although the problem the government intends to resolve is a difficult one, from both a legal or an execution point of view. Before the CCP approved the decision, the government must've presented a fool-proof plan to the CCP already; or the decision may even be a direct instruction from the CCP because I can't imagine Carrie Lam having the wisdom for this.
Before the emergency law was implemented, public opinions suggested the Law would deter businessmen from staying in the HK market, so it's very clear that the HK government had thought of ways - either the CCP to promulgate new policies to save the HK market, or the HK government has dealt with the businessmen already - to prevent catastrophes from happening to HK's economic and business environment.
As soon as the law was implemented, people have formed their opinions regarding the law:
1. Militant protesters are prepared to be jailed for 10 years for rioting.
2. How many people can you arrest if 2m people all wear a mask out?
3. Since masking due to sickness or religious reasons is exempted, people can well exploit loopholes in the Law.
Meanwhile, it's expected the emergency law would only provoke more anger from the public. After the government announced the law, we protested all over the 18 districts in HK. The government ordered very little police to handle the protests, which encouraged peaceful protesters to escalate their protest actions by blocking roads, refurbishing shops and calling upon vigilante justice on blue supporters who attacked us. Plus, as the CCP Rail stopped its services, we were left with the impression that the government wanted to "burn" with them, which served only to escalate our protest actions. The past weekend saw a rapid surge in cases of refurbishment and vigilante justice. These all contributed to a "vacuum period" to our PR work where no one cared to explain our protest actions, giving the government lots of excuses to smear us. As there wasn't enough PR work being done, the public failed to receive adequate information regarding the protests (for example, us mistaking Shanghai Commercial Bank as a State-owned corp). Pale yellow supporters and foreigners or even American reps who supported the HK Act may not understand us, and they may end up revaluating the necessity of passing the Act. As Solomon Yue warned previously if we don't hold the moral high ground, it would be difficult for the Act to be passed. In that case, we won't be able to target the regime either. (Con't)