Limited options for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy

After recent demonstrations, “people in Hong Kong also needed something deeper, more practical to their lives,” Tommy Cheung, one of the organizers and student leaders of the Umbrella Movement, told VOA. The state-sponsored US news network echoed singer Common’s support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters during the 87th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. In Hong Kong, there seems to be a large part of the public opinion that wishes more democracy but still wonders what positives have come out of the protests. Many said that though democracy is worth a fight, the Occupy Movement might have jeopardized future pro-democracy efforts by using inappropriate means like blocking streets – and disrupting the Hong Kong’s economy as a result.

It might have alerted the Chinese authorities about political impact a future larger movement could have on the whole country too, sources told Cyceon. According to David Zweig, a social science professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, “Beijing has to realize that they have a social problem, it’s not just a political problem,” he said. Hong Kong’s business circles will certainly be instrumental in the outcome of a future resurgence of pro-democracy protests. Whatever might erode Hong Kong’s business reputation will however likely be quickly nipped in the bud. In short, the absence of a sound coordination between protesters and business circles would doom any pro-democracy initiative to failure.