Senator Ngo urges Canada to support the pro-democracy Hong Kong protestors
October 15, 2019: Today, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo issued the following statement regarding the pro-democracy Hong Kong protestors:
“After close to 6 months of protests, Hong Kong is on the verge of chaos because of the progressive failure of “the one country, two systems.”
As we idly observe the People’s Republic of China’s military massing at the border, everything possible must be done by Canadian private companies, organizations, and public officials to dissuade Beijing from escalating the violence, listen to the demands of the Hong Kong citizens, and free Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig from jail.
Our responsibility to stand up to the giant wave of abuse, censorship, intimidation, and gross human rights violations committed by the single ruling Chinese Communist Party reminds me of a post-World War 2 poem exhibited at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, entitled First they came…, by Pastor Martin Niemöller, a Lutheran Minister, and an early Nazi Supporter who was later imprisoned for opposing Hitler’s Regime.
Inspired by Martin Niemöller’s words (left), I have written an adaptation of this poem (right) in honour of the pro-democracy Hong Kong protestors who have won the hearts and minds of people around the world.
First they came for the Communists
Then they came for the Socialists
Then they came for the trade unionists
Then they came for the Jews
Then they came for me
First they came for the Tibetans
Then they came for the students at Tiananmen Square
Then they came for the priests
Then they came for the Falun Gong
Then they came for the Uyghur Muslims
Now they come for the Hong Kong protestors
Soon they’ll come for us
First, they came for the Tibetans
And we did not speak out
Because we were not Buddhist