Umbrella protest for full vote in 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 September, 2007, 12:00am
 

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.


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