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Friday, October 15, 2004

 

A HK clown to oppose "a puppet regime"

After winning a seat in Hong Kong's Legislative Council a professional protester has added a touch of bizarre to an institution regarded by most voters as a hindrance to rather than beacon of democracy in the Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China.

According to local teacher and writer Kent Ewing, 48-year-old Leung Kwok-hung’s “histrionic mastery of the slogan-filled art of Protest has become an amusing sideshow in Hong Kong's evolving political life”.

This all moved to centre stage as Leung, dressed in his trademark Che Guevara T-shirt and wearing a black armband in commemoration of those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, was sworn in as a new legislator with cries of "Long live democracy! Long live the people! Elect the chief executive and Legco by universal suffrage!"

And that, Ewing complains in today's Asia Times Online, is where Hong Kong stands in its progress toward democracy:

“Since last April, when the mainland's standing committee of the National People's Congress quashed all hopes of universal suffrage in the territory for the near future, we have been stuck with a puppet chief executive officer, the singularly uninspiring Tung Chee-hwa. We are also stuck with a Legislative Council that, due to Hong Kong's perverse electoral system, is dominated by pro-government legislators, even though more than 60% of the Hong Kong electorate cast their votes for the pro-democracy opposition in last month's election.

“No wonder we have elected a clown to oppose a puppet regime. At least we can now enjoy some comic relief.”

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