English Book Launch: Socialist & Democracy struggle

Date: 27 Sept (Thu)
Time: 7:30pm- 9:30pm
Venue: HK Reader Bookstore (7F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok)
Host: Socialist Action
Speaker: Vincent, Jaco (contributors to the new book Socialism & the Democracy Struggle)
Language: English with cantonese translation

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Hong Kong is experiencing an unprecedented crackdown on democratic rights and political freedoms. Under China’s “emperor” Xi Jinping, seemingly set to rule indefinitely, the dictatorship’s control of   Hong Kong has become more intrusive, repressive and blatant with each passing month. China itself is experiencing the most severe crackdown on dissent since the end of the Tiananmen Square mass protests in 1989.
As this new book, Socialism & the Democracy Struggle, explains, Xi’s push for more control over Hong Kong stems from his fear the city’s democracy struggle could spill into China, igniting mass unrest that could ultimately topple the Chinese dictatorship.
This book outlines what socialists have to say about this struggle. It contains selected articles from chinaworker.info and activist group Socialist Action over several years dealing with the fight against dictatorship, the Umbrella Revolution, and the fight for universal suffrage. It argues that the democracy struggle can only go forward with a radically different approach. These pages present a left wing critique of the political position of the main pro-democracy politicians, the pan-democrats. Their wariness towards mass protest, blind hope in reaching compromises with an uncompromising regime, and their failure to link the democracy struggle to fighting Hong Kong’s corrupt capitalist system, are a brake on the movement. A fighting leadership and a strategy to link up with mass struggles in China is the way forward.

英文新書會:《社會主義與民主鬥爭》

日期:9月27日(四)
時間:晚上7:30至9:30
地點:序言書室(旺角西洋菜南街68號7字樓)
主辦:社會主義行動
講者:Vincent、Jaco (《社會主義與民主鬥爭》投稿人)
 語言:中英雙語翻譯

本書概述社會主義者對民主鬥爭的看法。內容包括「中國勞工論壇」 網站及社運組織「社會主義行動」過去幾年的文章,提及到反國民教育、雨傘革命及對八九六四的分析。

香港的民主空間正受到前所未有的打壓。習近平「稱帝」之來,中共獨裁政府更加公然干預香港,施加強硬的鎮壓措施,同時對大陸異見人士的打壓也是八九天安門屠殺結束以來最嚴重的。如本書所論及,習近平加強對香港的壓制,是因為害怕香港的民主鬥爭會蔓延至中國大陸,並且燃點起足以推翻中共政權的群眾動盪。

現在民主運動正於處十字路口。若果鬥爭要向前邁進,必須徹底改變方向。本書從左翼的立場批判主流民主派的立場。泛民害怕群眾運動,盲目相信可以與強硬的中共達成妥協,也沒有把民主鬥爭扣連至挑戰香港的資本主義制度。這路線成為運動的阻礙。

民主鬥爭不可能在香港一個城市贏得勝利。為了打倒中共政權,運動需要更加強大的社會力量及政治力量,也需要建立一個戰鬥的領導層,並且扣連至中國群眾鬥爭,才有出路。本書就此作出深入解釋。