Let's get radical

Let's get radical

By Ku Kai-kit, SKH Chan Young Secondary School

We have probably been paying more attention to Hong Kong's political affairs in recent months because we see protests taking place every day.

There are now more radical groups in Hong Kong, such as the Post-80s and League of Social Democrats. However, it seems many people disagree with their methods.

Is it suitable to use radical ways to fight for democracy in Hong Kong? I think it is a must.

Some Hongkongers can't accept radicalism. In the past, people were more moderate in their fight for democracy, and everyone knows the result. So we can't avoid using radical methods.

Talks are reportedly under way on how to select the chief executive and Legislative Council in 2012, between pan-democrats and the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong. But a spokesman for the democracy camp said it was hard to reach a consensus.

Moderates take a long time to get results, and Hong Kong's social problems are very serious. We can't just keep waiting.

The gap between the rich and poor is very wide. The United Nations' Human Development Report said Hong Kong had the highest Gini coefficient among 27 countries and regions in 2006-07.

Radicalism is a good way to draw attention to causes that are important to us.

For example, we have heard much discussion on a proposed high-speed railway. This is because of protests about the plan and the media coverage it has attracted.

Right now, radicalism is the best way to fight for democracy. We should discard outdated thinking and accept new methods that do not follow the rules.

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