Civic Party’s recent advertisement on Territory-wide Referendum, calling on Hong Kong people to use ballots to bring about a new era of democracy for Hong Kong, has attracted intense discussion centred around the Chinese expression hei yee [起義]. The Referendum calls on the people to vote and to bring about changes via the ballot box. The issue to be voted on is “implement universal suffrage at the earliest possible date and abolish functional constituencies”. The process is entirely peaceful, rational and lawful.
The present situation is that the vested interests in LegCo refuse to give up their free lunch. This has created a deadlock blocking democratization. Although pan-democrats represent the majority will of the people, they are only a minority in LegCo, and cannot push forward any democratic reform. The real meaning of the Referendum plan is the creation of a window of opportunity to allow the wider public to express, through peaceful, rational and lawful means, their wish for the abolition of functional constituencies and implementation of universal suffrage at the earliest possible date, and in this way break the deadlock.
Civic party Leader Audrey Eu has said: “ The territory-wide referendum movement encourages the people to stand up for fairness, to fight for universal suffrage through peaceful, rational and lawful means. The movement is for the benefit of the whole community. The focus is on the issue. Everyone can use his or her vote to state clearly and unambiguously their stand on the issue.”