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是時候鬆綁了 — 法政匯思就旺角事故的聲明

2016/2/9 — 16:48

【是時候鬆綁了 - 法政匯思就旺角昨夜事故的聲明】

IT'S TIME TO LOOSEN THE NOOSE AROUND HONG KONG - STATEMENT OF THE PROGRESSIVE LAWYERS GROUP IN RELATION TO THE EVENTS OVERNIGHT IN MONG KOK

1. 正如1967年發生的暴動並不只是基於新蒲崗的一場勞工糾紛或境外的政治風波,昨夜的事故之所以發生,並不只是因為有市民在節日時在繁忙的街頭賣小食,亦不只是基於任何政治運動。

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2. 正如當年的港英殖民政府錯誤地把暴動歸咎於一小群政治暴徒、而不提及當時香港深層次及廣泛的社會問題是不盡不實的描述;如果要把昨夜的事故偽裝為單一的暴力事件,亦同樣是不盡不實的描述。

3. 法政匯思對於昨夜的事故感到悲傷及震驚。這城市不能容忍警察無理的暴力。同樣地,我們深信廣大市民亦不希望見到一個以暴易暴的香港。經過了悲傷的一夜後,我們呼籲香港的各方人士保持冷靜及深切反思。

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4. 在1967年暴動完結後,港英殖民政府悄悄地就其高壓管治模式承認錯誤,然後採取措施去處理當時的深層次社會問題。我們在此呼籲,當下政府亦同樣地必須停止利用昨晚的事故來「玩政治」,政府並應立即解鬆其近年來在港人頸上越綁越緊的無形繩索。

法政匯思
2016年2月9日

1. Just as the riots of 1967 were more than just about a labour dispute in San Po Kong or political upheaval across the border at the time, the events overnight were more than about the selling of hawker food on a busy street during a festive season or any political movement.

2. Just as it was disingenuous of the British colonial government to blame the then riots on a small group of violent political agitators, when much deeper and wider social problems existed in Hong Kong society at the time, it would be identically disingenuous now to pretend that the events overnight was an isolated incident of violence.

3. The Progressive Lawyers Group is saddened and appalled by the events overnight. Gratuitous violence by our police force has no place in our city. Responding to violence with violence is also not the Hong Kong that ordinary folk would want to see. We therefore call for calm and studied reflection in the aftermath of such a sad night for Hong Kong.

4. In the aftermath of the 1967 protests, the British colonial government quietly accepted the errors of its oppressive ways and took steps to address root causes of social problems at the time. It is now incumbent upon our government now to stop playing politics with the events overnight and loosen the noose with which it has tightened around the people of Hong Kong in recent years.

Progressive Lawyers Group
9 February 2016

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