“Will Hong Kong Become an “Ungovernable Place” in the Struggle for Universal Suffrage?”, published in Vagabond Journey on November 4, 2013
After a comparatively buttoned-up deliberation day held by financial industry supporters of Occupy Central last week, leftists put their radical ideas on display at the deliberation day held by Left21 in downtown Hong Kong on November 2, 2013.
Hong Kong University law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting proposes occupying the streets of Hong Kong’s main business district next year if Hong Kong isn’t granted universal suffrage on acceptable terms for the 2017 chief executive election. The professor talks about shutting down Central, intentionally breaking the law, and has even raised the prospect of turning Hong Kong into an “ungovernable place.” But Tai’s vision isn’t radical enough for some true leftists.
Arriving at the deliberation site outside of Cheung Kong Center, the 68-floor tower owned by Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Hong Kong, I was greeted by Jaco Lam, the chairman of Hong Kong’s chapter of Socialist Action. Lam was hawking copies of socialist magazines for HK$20 each. He and two other members of Socialist Action were attending the event.
“We don’t support a bourgeois leader like Benny Tai,” Lam said, speaking for himself and some of his socialist comrades. “We want to radicalize the movement and make it our own.”