“Shame on you Leung Chun-ying!”
This was the chant of almost a hundred labor activists belonging to SENTRO who trooped to the Chinese embassy’s consular section in Makati City today to condemn Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for breaking up the democracy encampment in Admiralty section of Hong Kong.
“If the political elites in Beijing and their lackey, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, think that they can stump out the people’s yearning for democracy by cracking down on Occupy Hong Kong, they are completely wrong,” Edwin Bustillos, the spokesperson of SENTRO, said.
SENTRO demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all pro-democracy activists who were arrested in Admiralty, including at least three leaders of the independent Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) who were arrested for ‘obstruction’: Chief Executive Mung Siu Tat, construction union leader Ar Man and Organizing Secretary Fredrik Fan.
“The struggle for democracy will continue to grow even after Occupy Hong Kong,” Bustillos added, referring to the protest camps around Hong Kong that grew into mini-communities that lasted for 74 days.
Occupy Hong Kong erupted after at least 59 were injured and 89 arrested when the police assaulted a peaceful protest in Sept. 28 against China’s “dogmatic refusal” to respect the Hong Kong citizens’ right to universal suffrage or the right to vote and be voted.
The pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong vowed that there would be another round of occupations in the future. The phrase “We will be back” was seen scribbled on tents, roads and walls of Admiralty.