The answer is “social contract”. It is put in black and white in Sino-British Joint Declaration that the UK is duty-bound to monitor how the Declaration is practiced in Hong Kong and to make sure that Hong Kong enjoys a wholesome democratic development. This duty cannot possibly be gotten rid of. China has wantonly interfered in the agreed “high degree of autonomy” and democratic development of Hong Kong, apparently violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
We therefore want to pressurize the UK so that she will look squarely at China’s despotic rule over Hong Kong, intervene in the capacity of one of the signatories of the Joint Declaration, force the devilish regime to stop, to abide by the Joint Declaration — an international agreement recognized by the United Nations — and to give Hong Kong democracy and autonomy. This is reason number one.
The second reason is that if we do not exert pressure, the UK Government will not shoulder her responsibility. Ever since the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to China, the UK government has been reporting on annual basis to the Parliament. But for the last ten odd years, these reports have remained perfunctory, always claiming that the “one country, two systems” has run smoothly, that Hongkongers’ freedom and human rights are respected. Towards the end of this month, a delegation formed by British parliamentary members will visit Hong Kong and look into how the Sino-British Joint Declaration is put into practice here. We will seize this opportunity and pressurize the UK Government.
Unity is Power
The writer of this article recently took part in the action of occupying British Consulate-General Hong Kong. We guarded the place on shifts. Each and every evening, only a couple of people slept outside the consulate-general. Even if we were a small group, the consulate-general had to send people to lure us to a closed-door negotiation. We firmly believed that closed-door would not make the UK to intervene. At the end of the day, the UK would definitely go back on her words. So we rejected this deal. Just imagine, three people’s protest could already gain a closed-door negotiation; how about thirty people, three hundred people? We cannot possibly lose, can we?
The UK is by no means an Exterior Power
Communist China frequently and threateningly warns the UK against interfering in the internal affairs of China. One wonders whether having watched Headliner, RTHK, too much, Hongkongers really think that Communist China is their “grandpa”. Having endured unspeakable exploitation for twenty to thirty years, they have finally taken to the streets. But they are still timidly worried about offending Communist China. Communist China’s logic seems to be: the more they are afraid of something, the more vigorously they will maintain that that thing is no good. Since Communist China is so afraid of foreign powers, why shouldn’t we invite “foreign powers” to intervene in Hong Kong affairs? Under the circumstances, what do we have to fear?
So much the more, the UK is by no means an exterior power! Being one of the signatories to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the UK is a country that is duty-bound to intervene when the declaration is not fulfilled properly, rather than an exterior power.
It’s Pursuing for Debt Repayment not Begging
Many people think that Hongkongers should not go down on their knees and beg the UK to save Hong Kong. But, in reality, instead of begging the British to save us, we are pursuing them to repay their debt to us. Because when China is not fulfilling the Declaration, the UK is duty-bound to intervene in Hong Kong affairs. We just want the UK to do what she is supposed to do. As simple as that.
In order to protect themselves, Hongkongers are taking the initiative to oblige the UK to fulfill the Sino-British Joint Declaration. When the CCP regime goes so far as to contravene an international agreement, how can the Basic Law protect Hongkongers? For instance, during the South Asia Tsunami and Japan earthquake, the country that seized the first opportunity to send chartered airplanes and carry off Hongkongers was neither Hong Kong nor China but Britain.
“Made in China” repels every one, while “Made in Britain” is almost always somewhat reassuring. But just this guarantee is not enough. We have to pressurize the UK personally. “Hong Kong to be Saved by Hongkongers”! At 16:00 on November 21, we will go and petition to British Consulate-General Hong Kong. For details, please pay close attention to the facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/occupybritishconsulatehk.