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Occupy Central 'may take place as soon as next month', says organiser

Democrats anticipate decision from Beijing on reform - and prepare for civil disobedience

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 July, 2014, 5:43am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 July, 2014, 1:01pm
 

The Democratic Party will meet tomorrow to discuss the possibility of blockading Central district as early as next month, and an Occupy Central organiser has confirmed the civil disobedience movement could happen sooner than expected.

In a statement, Democrats chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said that since the government was expected to release its report this month on the political reform consultation - and Beijing could then make a decision on the reform - Occupy Central could be imminent.

Lau said: "If the local or central governments table a reform package incompatible with international democratic standards … Occupy Central could happen earlier than we expected".

The Occupy Central campaign plans to rally protesters to blockade the Central district if the government does not come up with a satisfactory plan to implement universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election.

Stressing that her party would stick to the campaign's plan, Lau said: "We will work with the three Occupy organisers … and get ready to occupy, which could happen this month or next."

Occupy Central organiser Dr Chan Kin-man echoed Lau's view, warning that the campaign could happen in August or September if the local and central governments refused to listen to public opinion.

But Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit expressed reservations about Lau's idea. Leong said the Democrats should focus instead on pushing the Alliance for True Democracy's reform proposal. That plan, under which the public, political parties and the nominating committee could put forward candidates for chief executive in 2017, garnered the most votes - over 330,000 - in last month's unofficial referendum.

The Democratic Party still supports the proposal, but last week announced it would quit the alliance - a grouping of the city's pan-democrat lawmakers - after a row with radicals from People Power and the League of Social Democrats.

"[Lau should] think thrice about whether to quit the alliance," Leong said.

Lau and Leong did agree on one thing: both rejected League chairman "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung's idea that the lawmakers should resign their seats and use the resulting by-elections as another "referendum" on how Hong Kong should introduce universal suffrage.

Leung said such a "referendum" would be more convincing than last month's poll, as the government would be responsible for counting the votes.

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raymondspchu
I wouldn't worry, I hold a real British passport and can go live in Britain.
llleung
The Pan-democrats actually are quite divergent. The Democratic Party left the rest of its allies - Alliance for True Democracy. Radical parties like People Power and the League of Social Democrats act their own way both inside and outside the LEGCO to catch the eyes of the public, which tend to follow the violent way. Scholarism, which is a non-party political power, tends to pursue a kind of utopian democracy in Hong Kong.
All of the above gain support from their own supporters. However, it seems that these groups are so divergent and not united enough to fight against the super-united Central Government.
We won't see the result until Occupy Central occurs. But it is always true that for the sake of democracy, everyone should first learn to cooperate.
HK-Explorer
If the government was smart they would release the document in October. It would not be wise to release it in the summer. Students will not occupy the streets past September because they are in School. I doubt that the organizers can pull together 10,000 people in October but 100% they could pull together 10,000 people in August as students have nothing better to do as proved last week. I am shocked to hear that the government may release it soon, they are just asking for trouble. Maybe they want to create occupy central.
mymak
I am not a supporter of the CCP and I don't have to be because in Hong Kong we can choose to support different political parties. I would like greater universal suffrage, but it doesn't have to be the idealistic method proposed by the Democrats. Leaving aside Democracy for a moment and assuming we have this system. Does anyone seriously think that a small city like Hong Kong's can afford the cost of managing such a system? Can a Democrat explain to us how this individual candidate nomination and hence election of the CE separate from the election of LEGCO members would make passing of important bills any smoother? Who holds the power? The CE or LEGCO? With such a system we may find ourselves back in the same position that we are in now, mightn't we?
Opponents of Occupy Central should. I think. just shut up now. This is a case of some academics ,with no real world experience, stirring up their students, with no real world experience, to create chaos for ordinary Hong Kongers. And most likely now in August - coincidence is it that this happens to be summer holidays for students and lecturers? Occupy Central, I hope, will be the death knell for this movement. I do not want to stand on the same side as the CCP but am being forced to by radical democrats with no real understanding of what HK people (inc me and my family) want. We can not tolerate this mess for another three years. I hope the CCP treats these fools kindly.
bpoon1pc
Pan-democrat are just naive if they think that using a strong, aggressive and confrontal approach will work. It doesn't and it never did. The problem is not central government or SAR will not listen but the attitude Pan-democrat and OC are using. If this situation continues, they will just end up in jail and this will push the democratic confrontal movement in Hong Kong to next phase of endless self-destruction. Politic is not a children's game where you can join and run; politic is an art of balance of power, reason and mission. From the power viewpoint, it is so crystal clear the source of power in Hong Kong comes from Mainland China, from legal framework perspective, the basic law and white paper also has solid legal background. Pan-democrat can disagree but they must understand the game rather than creating a new game of self-destruction which will lead Hong Kong to no where. Confrontal approach is the worse tactic we can use in Hong Kong. Why? Everybody will lose except those will want to take advantages from the chaos! Be careful!
ntmount
Nonsense. Protests work in HK. People feel they cannot express there will through the voting system in HK and that the policy making arm of government is failing. Historically protests get results: CE Tung got fired. Article 23 was shelved due to protests. National education, same. HKTV was invited to reapply for a license. The list goes on. It is reasonable to assume that concessions will be made on civil nomination, if the pressure is kept up.
gunzy
it's still debatable if TCW was fired due to the protests.
National education was never shelved, just became optional.
HKTV was always allowed to reapply for a license, and how many people still protest this issue? What was the issue again?
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The only truly successful one was Article 23.
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With the recent escalation of violence over the New Town's funding, I doubt protests will work anymore, the protesters burned that bridge.
ngsw
Her fierce and malevolent expression and tone in the Sunday Forum made me feel looking at something ominous (should I say a witch?). It scared me so much that I switched to other station immediately.
chuchu59
I really want to know what the government proposes. Will it just be a barrage of views from the public if there is no general concensus? Will it have scrutinised all the views and come up with a view that caters to the wishes of most of the public or will it merely state views are divided and stick to the status quo. The government needs to realise that it must come up with something to appease the masses. Coming out with an ill-devised proposal will just provide impetus to OC and many people wont wish to see that.
comuller
Democracy is compromise. Quitting an alliance, or threatening to quit, when it doesn't go one's way appears to show lack of understanding of democratic processes.

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