Dare to dream

Some songs and speeches that I heard in yesterday's vigil to the Tiananmen massacre were about dreams.

Dreams are commonly understood as some ideals we pursue that are yet to materialise. In the context of June Fourth, the dream is stipulated in the five operational goals of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China:

1.Release all dissidents
2.Rehabilitate the 1989 pro-democracy movement
3.Demand accountability for the shootings during Tiananmen Square protests of 1989
4.End the one-party dictatorship
5.Build a democratic China

Big dream. Difficult to realise, it appears. But there are signs that the steady and unswerving steps Hong Kong people take towards achieving it are bearing fruits. The more the shameless Hong Kong government tries to suppress, the stauncher the support gets, and the Tsang administration have made themselves look like complete fools by high-handedly snatching two statues of the Goddess of Democracy and then being forced to release the. They must be shocked to see, by the police's own admission, the largest turnout ever in yesterday's vigil at Victoria Park. It is also refreshing to see more and more young people coming out to fight for democracy both for Hong Kong and for China.

I have attended the vigil for 21 straight years, but I dare not take any pride in that. I only consider being able to do so as a special privilege. Throughout China, it is only those of us in Hong Kong, under the protection of the grossly unfair "One Country Two Systems" decree, that are bestowed with this right, and I don't see how I can get out of this divine duty to do the least I can for my fellow countrymen in China.

The sparks have been alight. They have burnt the desire in us. We do not just dare to dream. We are convinced that it will come true.

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