Last year today was the polling day for the District Council Election. The anticipated atmosphere showed that the residents still had confidence in the system. However, one year passed, the CCP and COVID-19 strike Hong Kong together. Hong Kong is now facing the system collapse which we never experienced before. The duties and positioning of the district councillors have been changing. What remains unchanged is our determination to strive for democracy.
After the expulsion of pro-democracy lawmakers from the Legislative Council, the district councillors have become the political figures with the highest public opinion foundation in Hong Kong. So, promoting community democracy is our immense task. Democracy is not a slogan. We have helped to organise participatory activities in different districts in succession. The event can allow residents to experience democracy in their daily lives.
‘Participatory’ is a form of direct and deliberative democracy. Residents can have face to face interactions with district councillors and work collaboratively with them to come up with a solution which bases on public opinion. The empowerment residents go through during the process can let them realise their rights and learn more about democratic values. From this can they say NO firmly to dictatorship in the future and have the motivation to carry on the fight in the long run.
Democracy is not the business of one or two persons. No matter how many activities we hold, most importantly is the participation of residents. We are kicking off the Community Front on the first anniversary of the election. We invite all of you to exercise democracy in real life, and participate in the community activities we coordinate, to maximise the resisting power within the district council system!