Suzanne Pepper | 18 August 2014 | China Elections Blog
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Hong Kong’s democracy movement should be basking in the glow … except that Robert Chow’s anti-Occupy Central campaign is using imitation to mock and bait not emulate. A distinguished-looking white-haired gentleman in his 60s, Chow seems an unlikely candidate for such an exercise. On occasion when crowds gather and awkward questions are shouted out he wears the expression of an accidental hero who finds himself holding a tiger by the tail and can’t quite decide whether to hang on for dear life or let go and hope for the best.
But now that virtually the entire pro-government establishment has rallied to his cause … including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, most of his principal government officials, the police, the main pro-Beijing political party, the main (pro-Beijing) labor federation, the Liberal Party, New People’s Party, mainland-owned companies, chambers of commerce, and all the pro-Beijing united front associations … Chow has no choice but to see it through to the end. Consequently, on August 17 he also found himself in unfamiliar territory, leading a three-kilometer march along pan-democrats’ main protest route from Victoria Park to Hong Kong’s downtown central business district.