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Occupy protests leave Hong Kong directionless, divided and further from its democracy goal than everMichael Chugani says the Occupy protests have changed Hong Kong forever, but greater democracy is further away than everMichael Chugani18 October 2014Where is the Hong Kong as we knew it three weeks ago? It’s gone forever, swallowed up by a force we unleashed on ourselves which we can’t control. The only way we can go back to the way things were is for us to wipe out all memory of Occupy Central. But such wholesale brainwashing only happens in science-fiction films.What we saw over the past three weeks was no film. It was all too real - the acrid smell of tear gas, the sting of pepper spray, the astonishing images of thousands of democracy activists unfolding umbrellas in a defiant rallying cry, muscular masked men confronting the student-led occupation of key districts, police allegedly beating up a handcuffed protester. How can we pretend none of it happened?We are now a Hong Kong with a changed DNA. We are angry, vengeful, directionless and divided. We have stoked the anger of our masters. They are not used to having their authority challenged. We have made enemies of our police force. The people and the police are supposed to be on the same side, but mutual trust has vanished.We started a dangerous game, which we don’t know how to end. Worse still, some are even raising the stakes for self-interest. What purpose - other than fuelling hatred - does it serve for politicians to repeatedly make unsubstantiated claims that the police are in cahoots with triads to suppress peaceful protesters?Who does it help, other than grandstanding politicians, to demonise the entire police force for the alleged acts of a few, who released weeks of pent-up frustration by kicking a handcuffed protester? What do politicians hope to gain by describing the incident as torture? Do they really want to risk a police mutiny by branding them all as thugs?Don’t we always take pride in our rule of law? Why, then, are politicians demanding blood before due process, by insisting on immediate punishment and dismissal of the officers allegedly involved, based on TV footage? Is fomenting hatred within society how they want to win elections?Divisive politics have trampled truth over the past three weeks. We have repeatedly heard that the Occupy protesters were all peaceful. It is true students and most others were peaceful. But it is not true that every single protester was peaceful. TV footage of last Wednesday night’s Lung Wo Road protest attests to that. But you can’t see what you don’t want to see. We all saw TV footage of Ken Chang Kin-chiu being beaten. Footage also showed someone who appeared to be Chang first pouring unidentified liquid on officers, but we didn’t want to see that.Where do we go now? Do we still fight among ourselves, demonise the police, give the government the middle finger and provoke Beijing - or is there an end game? If the end game is for the National People’s Congress to retract its political reform framework for Hong Kong, we know it won’t happen.In fact, we have less chance of greater democracy now than before Occupy. We can understand idealistic students believing in their cause, but isn’t it time the pan-democrats woke up? What takes more guts: fighting a lost cause or facing reality?
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