Friday, 31 October 2014

Trying to Force the Issue

Federation of Students' Alex Chow says they are mulling their next steps
The student leaders are trying very hard to resolve the impasse between them and the government, but no one seems to be listening/seems to want to work at it/seems to care.

Earlier the students talked to the pan-Democrats about resigning en masse to trigger a re-election as a kind of referendum, but it seems like that proposal went no where.

And there doesn't seem to be much appetite on either side for another round of talks.

There was also a letter sent to Premier Li Keqiang to meet with the students. Probably not something he would probably entertain...

Now the students are mulling going to Beijing next week and creating attention to their cause during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Alex Chow Yong-kang, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students said the idea was suggested by Occupy protesters, but he admitted they still had to sort out a back up plan in case they were not allowed into the Chinese capital.

"If the representation can enter Beijing successfully, of course we would want to have a dialogue with officials on universal suffrage," he said. "If Beijing officials value the opinion of Hong Kong people, I believe they will talk to students."

We're afraid the buck stops here.

Who in Beijing will actually speak to the students?

In state media they have already been branded as outlaws doing illegal things, so which official would even want to be associated with them in any way?

The students really need a Zhao Ziyang character, but these days with Chinese President Xi Jinping consolidating his power and having little patience for negotiation, particularly with teenagers, who would even dare to take up their request?

Their chances of even being allowed to enter the mainland are probably very slim -- their names are probably on a blacklist already. The students are foolish to think they can very easily enter China and do what they want like they have in Hong Kong.

China is another beast altogether.

We appreciate the students trying very hard to resolve the situation, but this is beyond their control.

They are right to seek the cooperation of the pan-Democrats to push through politically, but there's a lot of disappointment this group of politicians hasn't done nearly enough to take advantage of the momentum to push forward in a multi-pronged approach.

It feels like the Umbrella Movement is losing its steam, with less coverage in the media and fewer people coming out to the protest sites.

We're just concerned the students need to really calculate their moves because a publicity stunt in Beijing isn't going to be very productive -- in fact if they do get in and do something, there is a chance we may never hear from them again...

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