1 June 1998

Message to Voters and Supporters of Hong Kong

On behalf of the Democratic Party, please accept my deepest gratitude for your support, both during our year in the wilderness and during the long and hard-fought election campaign.

The Legislative Council election results are an achievement for the pro-democracy candidates who, since our ousting from the legislature on 1 July 1997, have been denied the opportunity to represent those who elected us. But perhaps more importantly, the results were a touching victory for all the people of Hong Kong. In defying terrible weather and terrible election laws, and the conventional wisdom that we do not want democracy, we made our democratic aspirations known -- not only in Hong Kong, but around the world.

The Democratic Party is very conscious of the historic responsibility we now bear to represent the wishes of the Hong Kong people who have spoken with tremendous clarity to say that they want to choose their own leaders through democratic elections. We pledge to use our clear mandate from the people to fight for full democracy in Hong Kong. We hope that Hong Kong's vote can be a beacon to our compatriots in China and across the region.

Thank you for your continuing support.

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