Chinese dissidents called the death of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong
By Joseph Yeh,The China PostThe China Post--Chinese dissidents Wang Dan (王丹) and Wuer Kaixi (吾爾開希) yesterday slammed Hong Kong's decision to bar them from traveling to the territory to attend the funeral of a veteran pro-democracy activist this week, saying that the announcement was the best evidence to show that the so-called “one country, two systems” model was a lie.
January 28, 2011, 10:58 pm TWN
“The Hong Kong government has given up the right to self-rule as the decision was apparently made to please Beijing instead of being based on the welfare of its people,” said Wang during a press conference held in Taipei together with Wuer, yesterday.
Hong Kong authorities rejected their request without giving any explanation, they said, adding that it shows that they could not find any legitimate reason to back their decision.
They were originally planning to attend the service for Szeto Wah (司徒華).
Szeto, a former Hong Kong legislator who died on Jan. 2 at age 79 from lung cancer, was an important figure of pro-democracy movement calling for democratization in Chinese mainland.
He had helped many dissidents flee China after the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, which saw hundreds, if not thousands, killed.
Both Wang and Wuer, student leaders of the protest in Tiananmen, said they were indebted to Szeto for enabling them to flee from China to the United States following the massacre.
“This incident further proves that 'one country, two systems' is a lie, and we can officially announce the death of the system,” Wang said.
“One cannot rely on the goodwill of Chinese authorities to protect Hong Kong's freedom and democracy,” Wang noted, urging the people of the region to stand up and safeguard their hard-earned freedom and to protest the announcement.
Wang also called for more attention from Taiwan's government and local media regarding the incident, since what happened in Hong Kong could also happen to Taiwan in the future if the local administration continues to leaning toward Beijing.
Wuer also noted that they were only asking to attend the ceremony to bid a final farewell to their savior, and there was absolutely nothing for Beijing and Hong Kong's government to be worried about in their visit.
He also noted that the ruling Kuomintang administration should also see the true colors of the communist Chinese in Hong Kong's recent announcement.
President Ma Ying-jeou had previously praised Beijing for showing tremendous improvement in human rights issues. However, the incident shows that the friendly faces of Chinese officials during cross-strait meetings are all a false image.