At an Extraordinary General Meeting held by the Democratic Party on Sunday, Legislative Councillor Helena Wong Pik-wan stated that the party supports democracy in Hong Kong, but not independence.

Responding to questions about the emergence of new political parties and views on the issue of Hong Kong independence Wong said the Democratic Party’s stance has been clear, RTHK reported.

“We support the return of democracy, but we do not believe that independence is the way to achieve it,” she said.

Helena Wong Pik-wan. Photo: RTHK screencap.

Wong also urged Hongkongers to band together to fight for democracy.

“We hope that all of us are unyielding on the road to democracy, to fight for democracy through non-violent means until we have achieved our goal of fully democratic elections,” she said.

The party plans to field seven candidates for Legislative Council elections and for seats in the Super District Council functional constituency, Ming Pao reported.

Wong is one of three incumbent lawmakers and four new ones to be listed as candidates. This year’s list marks a shift towards youth by the Democratic Party as the average age of candidates has dropped eight years from 53 to 48 since 2012.

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Isaac Cheung

Isaac Cheung is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. During the Occupy Central protests, Isaac worked as an editor and reporter at LIVE: Verified Updates, a bilingual news page founded and maintained by HKU journalism students. He has also worked at Coconuts Hong Kong as a reporter.