Editorial : The boundaries of civil disobedience

【明報專訊】THE COURT has found all the "nine Occupy leaders" guilty of one or more charges. The 2014 Occupy Movement was both a civil disobedience movement for democracy and the largest political confrontation ever since the implementation of "One country, two systems". The case involving the nine Occupy leaders is the central case of the mass movement. It is the duty of the court to give a ruling in accordance with the law and the facts of the case. However, the impacts of the movement will remain imprinted on Hong Kong politically and socially, whose effects will outlast the ruling. After several years' rumination, Hong Kong people have come to understand what civil disobedience is about. But at the same time, they have also become more aware of the importance of the rule of law and the limitations of "achieving justice by violating the law". Hong Kong's path to democracy has not been widened by the Occupy Movement. On the contrary, the road has become increasingly difficult, with many even feeling a heavier sense of helplessness. It has been more than four years since the Occupy Movement, but Hong Kong society is still in a state of political disorientation.