Umbrella protest for full vote in 2012
Ambrose Leung and Albert Wong
Pan-democrat lawmakers are hoping to earn a place in Guinness World Records with a demonstration in favour of universal suffrage in 2012.
People joining a protest in Victoria Park on October 7 will be asked to open umbrellas to form the numbers 2-0-1-2 - even if it is not raining. Organisers hope 10,000 will take part, making it the largest number of umbrellas hoisted at once.
Acting Chief Executive Henry Tang Ying-yen said the demonstration would not affect consideration of the government's green paper on constitutional reform. Asked whether the turnout would be taken as a gauge of public opinion, he replied: 'We have official channels, such as e-mail, the [government] website, fax or telephone to express your opinions.'
Emily Lau Wai-hing, of The Frontier, said she hoped the public would demonstrate their determination at the event.
People can register to attend the event, and reserve an umbrella, at www.2012us.com.