We demand more than the formal withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill. We need justice, freedom and democracy. Now.
At first we stood up—over two million of us in a city of seven million—to oppose the controversial extradition bill that would effectively break down the legal firewall that separates us from China. We did so because we strongly believe that every person should live under the rule of law and a just legal system, both of which are absent in China. To date, the Hong Kong government has not only refused to formally withdraw the bill, it has also turned itself into an apparatus of repression. In particular, the Hong Kong police force has repeatedly violated our human rights, and this has sadly become part of our daily lives. In the name of law and order, protestors are arbitrarily arrested and selectively prosecuted—with blanket impunity to the police officers and alleged thugs-for-hire and police officers.
We need an independent commission of inquiry to find out the truth and root cause of this entire saga. We need to hold those who have violated our rights and freedoms accountable. We also call for the release of all the arrested protesters unconditionally. These measures are all crucial for society to heal and come to reconciliation.
Ultimately, we are calling for justice, freedom and democracy. Now. We need a genuine democracy where we are able to elect our leaders and representatives through universal suffrage and to ensure they are accountable. This is the only solution to the deadlock that Hong Kong is currently facing. In fact, this is what was promised by China in the Basic Law, the constitution of our city. We are asking nothing more than that.