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Benny Tai: Be Arrested and Get Sympathy

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(The key word you missed in your lead is sympathy. The sympathy the arrest might elicit from the public could generate the momentum for a second wave of the movement, said Tai. This is exactly what Tai and his allies count on and you should elucidate the point.)

Wong Yik Man Sherman October 8, 2013


Campaigner of the Occupy Central Movement Benny Tai Yiu Ting admitted that the movement itself could not change the social system, but sympathy from the public for the activists being arrested might gather support for the issue of universal suffrage.


Getting Sympathy for Support

Tai explained that Occupy Central was a civil disobedience movement which was non-violent, and participants acted for justice and would take the responsibility for breaking the law. He said that the mechanism of civil disobedience was not to change the political system by the movement itself, but to raise other people’s concern for universal suffrage. He expected the public would feel sympathy for them and eventually know more about the matter and support them when seeing a bunch of “silly people” standing for social justice being arrested, and a second wave movement might occur.

Social Tension as Bargaining Power

Members of the organization against Occupy Central Silent Majority, Chow Yung and Francis T. Lui, claimed the second wave movement would cause turmoils in Hong Kong and economic loss of 60 billion per day. Tai did not deny their worries, and claimed these uncertainties would increase social tension, and thus their bargaining power. “I suspect that Silent Majority is actually speaking to support Occupy Central,” joked Tai, who believed disputes could be solved by facing risks. He said that two opposing parties would sit down and talk to solve the dispute to prevent both sides from suffering great loss.


--115111 2013年10月8日 (二) 18:05 (UTC)

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