Pro-democracy camp (Macau)
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Pro-democracy camp or pan-democracy camp (Chinese: 民主派, 泛民主派) refer to the politicians and social activists in Macau who support increased democracy and may work together in areas of common interest or by not fielding candidates against one another in elections.
Democratic activists are usually critical of the post-1999 Macanese government and the People's Republic of China's authoritarian government, which they say does not properly represent the will of the people. Its supporters also advocate a faster pace of democratization and implementation of universal and equal suffrage. The Pan-democracy camp is aligned with and similar to, but distinct from, the Chinese democracy movement.
Members of the camp represent a very broad social and political demographic, from the working class to the middle class and professionals. Opposite to the pan-democracy camp is the pro-establishment camp, whose members are perceived to be supportive of the central government of China.
- Vindication of the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989
- Democratic reform in China
- Universal suffrage in Macau
- Improve human rights (See human rights in Macau and human rights in People's Republic of China)
Members of the camp include workers and social activists who are concerned about the question of Macau sovereignty and took part in Macau's elections in the early 1990s.
Criticism of the movement
The movement is criticized by numerous groups including media which is controlled by the PRC mainland Chinese government authorities and post-1999 Government of Macau as an "opposition camp", since their concerns in regards to freedom of speech, freedom of press, and self-determination contradict the political stance of the PRC government. In some cases, pan-democracy activists have even been accused of high treason or being "traitors to Han Chinese".
Members of the camp
Civil organizations, individual social activists, political parties, political groups and lawmakers who share a similar belief in democracy are all considered members of this camp (the number of Legislative Deputies is shown in brackets).
The following entities are routinely referred to as members of the Pan-democracy camp:
- New Macau Association (1)
- New Democratic Macau Association (Au Kam San has quit the association as of 2016)
- Prosperous Democratic Macau Association
- New Hope (2)
- Pro-Beijing camp (Macau)
- List of political parties and political groups in Macau
- Democratic camp (Hong Kong)