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Majority of Occupy supporters say 'block roads to disrupt Hong Kong'

Reform movement announces plan to assemble team of legal experts to review all proposals

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 October, 2013, 2:04pm

More than 80 per cent of students who participated in the second Occupy Central deliberation day yesterday said they supported using non-violent civil disobedience as a means to fight for true democracy, said organisers.

Some 724 students met at seven different universities in an attempt to build consensus within the movement on the upcoming electoral reform battle. Students were divided into small groups.

Just half of the groups showed support for having a committee for nominating candidates, as outlined in the Basic Law. And 25 per cent of the groups said such a committee should be done away with completely.

Some 77 per cent of groups supported public nomination, which would allow anyone to become a candidate if they receive the backing of a certain number of registered voters.

The Occupy movement also announced plans to invite experts on the city's mini-constitution to determine whether future political reform proposals met international standards of universal suffrage. That will happen ahead of the next deliberation day, before May next year.

Among those experts will be former HKU professor Yash Ghai.

"Professor Ghai will return to Hong Kong for that reason," said Benny Tai Yiu-ting, co-founder of the civil disobedience movement. Organisers are also working to invite members from the United Nations Human Rights Committee to evaluate proposals, Tai said.

Johnson Yeung Ching-yin, deputy secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, said participants were concerned any nominating committee would be easily manipulated by Beijing.

"Those who supported it to stay have stated clearly that it must be reformed to make it broadly representative," he said.

Students also supported party nomination and did not see public nomination as the only method for putting forward candidates, Yeung said.

Mainlander Frang Ling, a postgraduate student at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, was one of the participants yesterday.

"Being part of Hong Kong, I also want to take part in the democracy movement. The deliberation experience is rather new to me as it can seldom be seen [on the mainland]," he said.

But he said he only supported the aims of the Occupy movement, not its means. Supporters have said they will block roads in Central next summer as a last resort if the government has not come up with a satisfactory plan to implement universal suffrage.


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Kevin Lau
I wonder which country's president is nominated by civil nomination, USA or British?
hard times !
Bravo ! More than 80% participants (all college students) supported the non-violent civil-disobedience---'Occupy Central' campaign during yesterday's 'Second Dilberation Day'. They endorsed the Movement to pursue our promised universal suffrages in 2017 and 2020 which should be true democracy--------something like those practised in Taiwan (the Republic of China) ever since 2000 when the DPP led by Chen Shui-bien beat Kuomintang's candidate. What really made me thrill is the fact that many of the participants in yesterday's gathering came from Mainland and pursuing their higher education here in free Hong Kong ! Hurray !
Central puts up with tenths of thousands of foreign labour every weekend.
So what more can a bunch of students do to the place?
The cameras will get tired, the students will get tired, people will get tired of each other and eventually they all go home.
I pity the garbage collectors who toil over the aftermath, who always return Central to normalcy without fail.


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