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Declaration: Standing Firm on Principles of Civil Disobedience
In response to media reports today, Demosisto does not see this “exchange of pardon” proposed by political parties as a way to heal the divide. On the contrary, the party believes that it shakes the very basis of democracy.
The initial idea of ''Occupy Central with Love and Peace'' emphasized that activists would bear responsibility for the civil disobedience actions during the Umbrella Revolution, which were a demand for fair and equal rights to political power. Yet in return the police had abused their legal enforcement power by punishing citizens privately. The two are evidently not equal.
''The idea of reconciliation is merely illusory should the government refuse to rectify their mistakes,'' Nathan Law, Chairman of Demosisto calls upon the government to do so in order to speed up democratisation.
''Most activists of the Umbrella Movement were well aware of the legal consequences and the cause for which they fight, and the party has yet to hear from those seeking pardon. These principles are non-negotiable,'' said Nathan Law. The party will continue the journey with all those who have devoted themselves in the movement.
18th April 2017