On July 1 this year is the 100 year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. Various communities, including Hong Kongers, Tibetans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Uyghurs, Burmese and Taiwanese, joined to protest against CCP, in an event titled “100 Years of Oppression”. We interviewed co host Winnie Ng to talk about her views on Canadian Hong Kongers’ democratic movement.
TADC (Toronto Alliance for Democracy in China) chairperson Winnie Ng said, just after Tiananmen massacre in 1989, they started a rally from Grange park to Chinese Consulate, the same as today. Their inner fire of seeking truth of Tiananmen Massacre has always been the same. Since July 1 of 2020 Hong Kong became a police state, which is no longer the place HongKongers used to be. Apple Daily has been taken down by the government, many democracy fighters have been jailed; everyone should no longer look forward to anything from this dictatorship government.
“There are several meanings for the rally in July 1 this year. First, people in Hong Kong can no longer rally, overseas Hong Kongers need to walk out for them. The room of freedom of speech has been narrowed down in Hong Kong, we the people who live in the Free World should do more for them. Secondary, today (July 1) is the 100th anniversary of the birth of CCP. The bloody history is still in our mind: those who being suppressed, including Taiwan, Tibet and East Turkestan should stand up to China. CCP uses ‘United Front’ as their strategy, we should also have our coalition against them.” She said. She anticipated to push the Canadian government to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. The Olympic Games represents sportsmanship and international friendship; the involvement of dictatorship governments is no match with such an immaculate event.
Regarding Canada to be reopening soon, Winnie Ng expected that many Hong Kongers (including frontline activists) to be coming to Canada. She hoped to advocate Canada to have a better arrangement for the new comers to settle down. Influence from China is deep in Canada and the impact is in great degree. Different media owned by Canadian Chinese and their vote also impact much. She suggested that Canadian HongKongers can cast their vote to make candidates to listen to their voices and work for them. The presence of rallies and protests at weekends, and even on the National Day, can raise the awareness of the local communities on the importance and the severity of issues. Winnie said that apart from organising rallies and protests, TADC has also been involved in lobbying. She has been organising worker movements, and has been working close with Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions.
Winnie thinks that Canadian HongKongers shall never be indifferent to the injustice and sufferings in Hong Kong, just concentrating on their own good; Hong Kong matters is an issue for all and they should all actively participate for all’s sake. Fellow Canadian HongKongers did resemble the spirit of active participation in Toronto, and even all over Canada, in 2019. She stated that Canada has a high degree of freedom; citizens are free to criticise any violation on freedom, liberty, human rights or democracy. Voicing out on such issues shall never be considered unpatriotic; it is the obligation of Canadian citizens. Casting votes quadrennially should never be considered as a routine work to be done, but our powerful weapon as citizens to monitor the government, and empower ourselves as Canadian HongKongers. Canada is never a flawless country; there has been injustice towards the Blacks, as well as the First Nations people. As Canadians, we are to voice out for any of these injustice. She quoted Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere”, and emphasise that HongKongers should not only protect their own values, but also stand up and defend the universal values with all the others.
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