Demosistō is a pro-democracy youth activist group in Hong Kong. Through street politics, civil society empowerment and international delegations, we advocate democratic reforms, progressive values and self-consciousness of Hongkongers in the city. In our fight for equality, justice and democracy, we aim at turning Hong Kong into a pluralist city.
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Demos (ˈdeː.mɔs), its origin from Latin and Ancient Greek δῆμος, carries the meaning of "the people", "the commoners" and "the citizens", and constitutes the etymological roots of the widely used term democracy in English today.
While democracy, or, δημοκρατία ("dēmokratía") in Ancient Greek, represents the "krátos of the dêmos" (the rule of the people), we believe that the key leading us to this final goal lies in an essential stage of perseverance, struggle and endeavour - the rising up of the people - and that, is what defines our mission.
Sistō̄ (ˈsɪs.toː) is a Latin word, first person singular, for standing - standing up, standing still, standing firm. What we imply is that it is we who are the demos, and it is we who shall stand and fight, even if we shall be the last one to stand alone.
Together, Demosistō represents our mission to recognise, to awaken, and to mobilise each and every member of the community of Hong Kong in rising up against injustice. Through embodying the people of Hong Kong, we strive to stand up in our resistance against tyranny and hegemony. We strive to stand firm in our persistence of the struggle for liberation from oppression. We strive to stand still in our insistence on freedom and equality.
The logo of Demosistō is based on the idea of "finding a way out of the tunnel", reflecting our hopes of going through and deliberating from the difficult situation that Hong Kong is facing right now together with our fellow citizens. The coloured and the white spaces in the design depict the walls and the exit of the tunnel respectively, symbolising hope and a path with direction. The overall shape of the logo recalls that of the letter "D", the initial of the name our organisation, Demosistō.
Hong Kongers have been on a long and winding road for the pursuit of justice, but we have never succumbed to our failures. Fighting against totalitarianism is like sailing against the current: we must stay the course with hope and tenacity for our dream of democracy.