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Occupy Central

Occupy Central is a proposed civil disobedience protest which would take place in Central, Hong Kong in July 2014 for universal suffrage. The movement is initiated by Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, in January 2013.

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70pc frown on Occupy Central plan: DAB poll

Poll by Beijing-loyal party reveals worries about the effects of civil disobedience

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 4:46am

Seven out of every 10 people are not supportive of a planned blockade of Central roads to demand genuine universal suffrage, a Beijing-loyalist party has found in a poll.

Slightly smaller proportions of poll respondents feared the Occupy Central movement would result in huge economic losses to the city or spark fierce clashes, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said yesterday.

Only 21.9 per cent backed the plan, it found.

"If we want something to be done in the interest of the public, we should insist on a sort of peaceful negotiation between Hong Kong and the central government," Young DAB chairman Holden Chow Ho-ding said.

"We would urge … the organiser of Occupy Central to consider the consequences and also the opinions expressed by the majority of Hong Kong people, and perhaps consider abandoning the proposal."

Party vice-chairman Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan also urged the campaign proponents to think twice.

The idea of Occupy Central was mooted by associate law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting in January to pressure Beijing to keep its pledge of allowing universal suffrage in Hong Kong, and to unify the pro-democracy camp and create a political culture that engaged the public.

The DAB found in the poll that young people, who numbered 185 in the survey, appeared less worried about the impact of the action. Some 1,097 people were polled between March 26 and 30.

Overall, 68.6 per cent of those surveyed feared potential economic losses, a sentiment shared by 50.8 per cent of those aged 18 to 39.

The possibility of fierce clashes was a concern for 65.3 per cent of all interviewees, compared with 49.7 per cent of young people who felt the same. Some 32.5 per cent of the respondents believed it would not hit the city's international image, as opposed to 50.3 per cent of the young.

Defending the credibility of the findings, Chow said the poll was scientifically based although it did not take into account possible sample biases. Some 68.8 per cent were aged 50 or older.

Tai said the poll questions were framed to assess the attitudes of Hongkongers on certain aspects of the movement, such as the act of occupation.

It did not reflect their views on world standards for universal and equal suffrage or the spirit of civil disobedience, he said. Even if many disagreed with the movement on materialistic or practical grounds, "democratic rights are the fundamental rights of Hong Kong people. These rights cannot be sacrificed on materialistic or practical concerns," he said.

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the sun also rises
if the poll made by the pro-Beijing local political party, the DAB (which has got everything except shame) can be trusted or believed, then i think even the sow can climb up a tall tree easily. Seven out of ten Hongkongese are not supportive of the planned peaceful movement,'Occupy Central' which is just a civil-disobedience indeed and is the last resort of our pursuit of a geniune universal suffrage in 2017 only.Why is there a fuss about it ? May I ask ?
edward.wong.5
@ianson
The DAB indeed is quite clearly trying to mislead its interviewees here.
The Chinese expression the DAB used can be roughly translated as "harbouring concerns/concerned" (which in Chinese is virtually the same as "feared")
i.e. the question (Q3) exactly was something along these lines: "Are you concerned that the Occupy Central project, aimed at securing universal suffrage for the CE election in 2017, may paralyse Central and cause serious loss to the economy of Hong Kong?", with three possible answers "Concerned", "Not Concerned" and "No Comment/I Don't Know"
ianson
The language used here is suspicious. Either the Post or the DAB are not playing with a straight bat. The article is led by "Feared"? It's one thing to expect something to happen, another to fear it. Did the survey really ask "Are you scared (or do you fear) that huge economic losses will result from Occupy Central?" or was the question merely, "Do you think that Occupy Central may cause economic losses to Hong Kong?" and then the Post or DAB tart it up to look like fear? More detail required.

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