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Civic Party to join civil-disobedience plan 'Occupy Central'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 5:29am

The Civic Party will join "Occupy Central", a civil-disobedience movement that party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit describes as the "only tangible last resort" to strive for democracy in the city.

The pan-democratic lawmaker also said incoming president Xi Jinping and his Communist Party would become "sinners in China's history" if Hongkongers' pursuit of genuine universal suffrage was eventually rejected.

Leong was responding yesterday to a screening mechanism that Beijing-loyalist heavyweights from Hong Kong suggested introducing for the 2017 chief executive election - supposedly the first to be held under universal suffrage - that could block pan-democrats from contesting.

The development was "not a good sign" and it might be time to ask Hongkongers how much they were prepared to pay for democracy after waiting for 30 years, he told the South China Morning Post. "I certainly see [the Occupy Central movement] as the only tangible last resort in the fight for true democracy," he said.

The plan, raised by University of Hong Kong law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting, aims to organise a road blockade of at least 10,000 protesters in July next year to put pressure on Beijing. The protesters will sign an oath acknowledging the non-violent nature of the movement and agreeing to surrender to police after the event.

The Democratic Party has agreed to take part, and now Leong says his Civic Party will join in as well. "We are quite prepared to participate … We hope that in the next 15 months we can accomplish a mission impossible."

He urged the nation's new leaders to look at Hong Kong from a historical perspective.

"A century ago Hong Kong produced Dr Sun Yat-sen, and I believe [it] will continue to play the historic role [that it has] in the past century for the modernisation of China," he said. "If Xi and the Communist Party - out of its own selfish need - reject Hong Kong's movement for democracy, they will be sinners when they are facing China's history."

He did not see the city taking a role in China's democratisation in the near future. "We do not intend to do that, nor are we able to do that. But as an experimental ground, Hong Kong's experiences could become a rich source of reference for the mainland."

In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Committee sought assurances from the Hong Kong government that the system set up to secure universal suffrage should be mindful of not only the right to elect but also the right to stand for election. Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Chang King-yiu, who attended the meeting, said public consultations on the election methods would be launched "at an appropriate juncture".

The pan-democratic camp is to unveil a platform next Thursday to unite for political reform. The Alliance for True Democracy will comprise all parties in the camp except People Power, which will decide later. City University political scientist Joseph Cheng Yu-shek will be convenor.



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fully support the planned participation of my favourite political party in town--the Civic Party in the upcoming 'Occupy Central' campaign which is to strive for a geniune universal suffrage in 2017 for our Chief Executive Election.This civil-disobedience movement is both non-violent and all participants have to sign a committment to show their sincerity in the campaign.It is not aimed to anti-Chinese communist rule but just to safeguard our choice of our leader in town only.Why should there be a 'primary poll' or so-called screening scheme/mechanism to get rid of certain candidates---for example those who are considered radical politicians in town like Wong Yuk-man, Chan Wai-yip or Leung Kwok-hung.But if they are nominated and supported by quite a lot of qualified voters, why can't they also be nominated and compete for the top post in town.As for the prerequisite:love the nation and Hong Kong, most Hongkongers match that requirement, including Mad dog Wong who once claimed that he loved his country very much except the ruling Chinese Communist Party ! Can such a person be elected as our chief executive too ? Why not ?
The excuse that other countries have a screening process for election thus legitimise the pro-establishment's requirement for such a process is a PATHETIC EXCUSE! The so called screening process, such as in the USA, is done first in a political party level, where candidates compete for party representation then the successful candidate goes around representing their party to gain voters' support; independent hopeful candidates on the other hand have to have certain amount of people supporting his or her candidacy and must have certain amount of funding for the campaigning process, this is what other countries do, not having an 'election candidacy committee' or whatever is called whose requirment is more or less a black box!
Unless People Power is included then there is no universal agreement because People Power hold thousands of votes too.


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