【是時候鬆綁了 – 法政匯思就旺角昨夜事故的聲明】
IT’S TIME TO LOOSEN THE NOOSE AROUND HONG KONG – STATEMENT OF THE PROGRESSIVE LAWYERS GROUP IN RELATION TO THE EVENTS OVERNIGHT IN MONG KOK
1. Just as the riots of 1967 were more than just about a labour dispute in San Po Kong or political upheaval across the border at the time, the events overnight were more than about the selling of hawker food on a busy street during a festive season or any political movement.
2. Just as it was disingenuous of the British colonial government to blame the then riots on a small group of violent political agitators, when much deeper and wider social problems existed in Hong Kong society at the time, it would be identically disingenuous now to pretend that the events overnight was an isolated incident of violence.
3. The Progressive Lawyers Group is saddened and appalled by the events overnight. Gratuitous violence by our police force has no place in our city. Responding to violence with violence is also not the Hong Kong that ordinary folk would want to see. We therefore call for calm and studied reflection in the aftermath of such a sad night for Hong Kong.
4. In the aftermath of the 1967 protests, the British colonial government quietly accepted the errors of its oppressive ways and took steps to address root causes of social problems at the time. It is now incumbent upon our government now to stop playing politics with the events overnight and loosen the noose with which it has tightened around the people of Hong Kong in recent years.
Progressive Lawyers Group
9 February 2016
Statement was originally published in Stand News