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    Friends: I have sent the following letter of solidarity to those facing trial here in Hong Kong. max To: hkpa.documentation@gmail.com The Center for Justpeace
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 21, 2005
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      Friends:  I have sent the following letter of solidarity to those facing trial here in Hong Kong.
       
      max

      To: hkpa.documentation@...

      The Center for Justpeace in Asia stands in solidarity with the 14 people facing possible punishment for their actions of protest against the WTO Ministerial meeting.  The constant use of the term "violence" by both media and government when refering to the actions of the demonstrators is not appropriate when the violent nature of WTO policies against the lives of millions of people around the world is ignored and even justified.  Had the delegates of the WTO meeting been willing to listen to the voices of the oppressed and carefully consider their concerns when discussing WTO policies, the situation would have been very different. 
       
      When the voices of suffering people are silenced, their pain becomes unberable and those who create this pain need to be held accountable.  But those who create the pain seem always to be unchallenged by those with power and authority.  Thus it becomes the right and the necessity for the poor and oppressed to raise the challenge and to make their voices heard.
       
      In 1857, Fredick Douglas said, “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground. They want the rain without the awful roar of the thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Without struggle, there is no progress. This struggle might be a moral one. It might be a physical one. It might be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will. People may not get all that they pay for in this world, but they certainly pay for all that they get.”
       
      These farmers, fisherfolk, factory workers, youthm, women and men were all struggling for justice and freedom.  They were the ones willing to plow the soil and roar like the mighty thounder or pounding sea.  They knew the risks and they took them for they know that without struggle there will never by a new society in which all people can live in dignity with their children well-fed, clothed, educated and healthy. 
       
      We stand with them and we seek to have the same courage they have shown by standing up to injustice.  Together let us have the courage to build new communities of justpeace despite the many risks and difficulties.
       
      The Center for Justpeace in Asia
       
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