Reference: Eman Villanueva, BAYAN HK-Macau Chairperson
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Hong Kong & Macau (BAYAN-HKM – New Patriotic Alliance), the militant alliance of national democratic people’s organisations of Filipinos in Hong Kong and Macau SARs, expresses its solidarity to the people of Hong Kong who are now in the streets demanding reforms. We sympathize with the Hong Kong people who in their desire to effect change and reforms are met with brutality and excessive use of force by the Hong Kong police.
The strike started by university and secondary school students to call for full universal suffrage swelled to a protest action of tens of thousands of youth and other sectors. Last night, the Hong Kong government through its Police Force unleashed its brutality against those who are only exercising their rights to assembly, to free speech and to protest.
Protesters on various thoroughfares were repeatedly pepper sprayed and canisters of tear gas were thrown at them. However, undaunted, the public who witnessed the brutality of the police’s actions against the protesters even came out to join the action.
As a people, Filipinos feel for those in Hong Kong who were at the receiving end of the brutality of the government and the police. We also suffered and we continue to suffer from repression when we call for change and for the people’s democratic rights.
The display of discontent by the Hong Kong people and demand for political changes are rooted in the worsening economic condition that includes rising inflation, constricting social services, austerity, privatization and prioritization by the government of big business interests over that of the working people.
We laud the militancy, perseverance and courage showed not only by the youth, but by the many common people. History has shown that only through militant actions can changes be achieved. As shown by the protests of the past few days, the people of Hong Kong know and take this lesson to heart.
We call for the HK government to immediately cease from its repressive actions against the legitimate expression of the protester’s demands. Those who were unjustly arrested must be immediately released. The freedom of assembly and speech must be respected.
We extend our solidarity to those who are standing up for the people’s democratic rights in Hong Kong.