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Occupy Chater Road: Thousands of students plan overnight sit-in after July 1 march

Police will be out in huge numbers to keep the peace during rally and protest seen as rehearsal for Occupy Central's planned city blockade

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 June, 2014, 2:47pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 July, 2014, 9:19am

Students plan an overnight sit-in after today's annual march for democracy as a rehearsal for Occupy Central's planned blockage of the city's business heart.

The Federation of Students and Scholarism announced their plan yesterday as police said they would assign 4,000 officers to keep order during the march.

It will be the largest deployment since the Korean farmers' violent protest at the World Trade Organisation's ministerial conference in 2005.

Businesses and banks, meanwhile, say contingency plans are ready and they will step up security measures if necessary.

A big turnout is expected today amid unrest over political issues including Beijing's white paper affirming its "comprehensive jurisdiction" over Hong Kong and following Occupy Central's unofficial referendum on universal suffrage that drew almost 800,000 voters.

[Marching] is not enough. We have to upgrade it to a civil disobedience movement
ALEX CHOW

The State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office labelled the vote unlawful, while the central government's liaison office dismissed it as a "farce".

The students aim to draw 2,500 people for their sit-ins in Chater Road and outside the chief executive's office in Admiralty, to end at 8am tomorrow.

"We have gathered enough public opinion on public nomination. Now it's time to act," student federation secretary-general Alex Chow Yong-kang said. "It's not enough to repeat the march and the assembly every year. We have to upgrade it to a civil disobedience movement."

'Don't be kidnapped by radical opposition': State media warns Hongkongers against July 1 march

He spoke a day after the referendum ended with the proposal put forward by the federation and Scholarism coming second, behind that of the Alliance For True Democracy.

The Occupy movement plans to block streets in Central if the government does not deliver a blueprint for the 2017 chief executive election that guarantees voters a genuine choice.

The students said they differed from key Occupy figures, who have said the government must be given time to respond to the poll results.

"If we hold on until officials have finalised their decisions, it will be too late," Chow said.

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung said members were prepared to be arrested but would avoid clashes with the police to keep the protest peaceful.

Occupy founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting said he respected the students' decision.

Organisers hope more than 500,000 will turn up for today's march, with a theme of universal suffrage. That would make it the biggest July 1 since 2003, when half a million took to the streets over plans to introduce an anti-subversion law.

As financial institutions in Central prepared to deal with any effects on their business, the Monetary Authority said it did not want to see normal bank operations disrupted.

It said that according usual practice, banks had been instructed to prepare a "business continuity" plan.

The Securities and Futures Commission has a similar plan.

HSBC would not comment directly on the students' actions.

A spokeswoman said the bank would step up security measures if necessary. These are understood to include allowing staff to work from home or other offices.

Last night, hundreds of metal barricades were in place around Chater Garden, while the front gate of HSBC headquarters was down.

A police source said if Chater Road was blocked by protesters, officers would issue a warning. If this was ignored, they would lift protesters and remove them.

The Police College in Wong Chuk Hang will be used for the first time as a detention centre if more than 100 protesters are arrested.

Qi Pengfei, vice-chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said the room for moderate pan-democrats to engage in dialogue with the central government would further shrink if there was a massive turnout today.

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michaelhctam@gmail.com
These kids that wave colonial flags were either too young to remember or born after the British era that ended in 1997. People that support them here are equally stupid.
commdent_ladyhku
Crazy!
53b2961c-3e7c-4abf-93de-08e00a3209ca
Uh, think the crucifix is prominent enough in that photo?
53972ea3-9994-41b2-a3ef-34f10a320969
the meaning of a crucifix is different to different people anyway
pslhk
Thanks for the comment whymak,
perhaps I could have made my discussion clearer
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I meant to say that although JL argued righteously about freedom
he “was a major investor in the English slave-trade
and helped in drafting the Carolinas’ aristocratic constitutions
that gave a master absolute power over his slaves”
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It is also interesting to note that pursuant to JL’s justification for slavery
arguably the government could turn scholarism and cohorts into slaves
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SIR John Hawkins reputedly pioneered a triangular trade
Goods carried by english ships to Africa in exchange for slaves
for onward sale in the Americas
At the end of the War of Spanish Succession
England got a Spanish contract to import slaves
to Spanish territories in the Indies
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Liverpool was the slave city
Its vessels carried half of the slaves England kidnapped in Africa
Its Royal Institution was built as the home of a slaver
its Exchange, later the Town Hall tellingly decorated
with the heads of African elephants and slaves
token memorials for the destruction of millions of African families
that’s the foundation of British democracy
luisdyding@gmail.com
beware! students are easily be manipulated, because of young age, by sinister people of oc. oc are coward, they use students as sacrifice in event there're panic and many will be hurt. there is a saying workers who complain most are unproductive. same with oc leaders, they demand to create chaos in society. don't be a fool, don't listen to them.
rem.meyerrochow
Its pretty obvious this poster is a "50 Cent Party" poster, hired by Chinese authorities to post pro-China comments on chat forums.
luisdyding@gmail.com
i'm not a chinese, i don't understand what is 50 cent all about. wondering why a chinese hate and anti-chinese. wake up, those anti-chineses are laughing at you chinese, always quarrel among them, until mao unite china and here oc, trying to destroy it.
ngsw
*****, "50 cents" means those having a different view from them and dare to speak up are receiving 50 cents for each post. So you have 50 cents in your account and I also just have 50 cents for this post. That's "HK style democracy". No dissidents allow, same as CCP. We have a lot of communists here shouting democracy. Pity to those gullible students who always dreaming to be justice-fighters.
ejmciii
You ***** are full of prunes. If you were not so pathetic, your attempts would be amusing.

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