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Anti-Occupy activists say it's impossible to force signatures

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 July, 2014, 4:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 July, 2014, 4:11am
 

Organisers of an anti-Occupy Central signature campaign dismissed suggestions yesterday that companies could exert pressure on their employees to sign petitions calling for activists to back down from the threat of a large-scale sit-in.

Robert Chow Yung, a spokesman for the pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy, said it was impossible to force anyone to sign because organisers of the campaign would be checking voters' identification cards when they submitted their votes.

The petition calls for universal suffrage in time for the chief executive election in 2017, a goal it shares with Occupy Central, but it specifies that must happen in a "peaceful and non-violent manner" without occupying Central.

Occupy Central plans to rally protesters to block traffic in Central if the government does not come up with a satisfactory universal suffrage plan in time.

Chow spoke two days after Towngas, in a rapid reversal, stopped collecting staff signatures after some complained they felt under pressure to sign.

The alliance wants to collect at least 800,000 signatures to outnumber the 793,000 people who voted in Occupy Central's unofficial referendum on electoral reform last month.

During the month-long campaign, from today until August 17, the group plans to set up at least 468 stations with 1,110 or so volunteers to help collect signatures.

Chow said people at the stations would check ID cards.

"How can you force someone … to sign something and take their ID card [to a station] for verification?" he said.

Occupy Central will meet Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on July 29 to report on its referendum.

 

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bpoon1pc
I must admit that I did sign the Anti OC last Sat. It was professionally done and my ID was verified before the form was accepted. I would also suggest that we should not have personal attack to Robert as he is doing his best to represent those who disagree with OC. Respect other comments first before we can learn what is a rational debate. Do not finger-point others who have signed the Anti OC. I am part of the silent majority and I totally disagree with OC and I did appreciate Robert create a mean for us to raise our concern and voice. I don't need to pro-China or pro-Communist to be anti OC. I am totally against OC for several seasons : it is a very stupid way to create confrontion to create a lose/lose situation for everybody. I know OC professors are smart to present that OC is only the last option and they also do not want it to happen. But... look at the reality, all radicals are jumping on this OC and it becomes their first step to create confrontion.
ejmciii
Other than threatening work permits for those who do not support you, backed up by the masters. Gee....
sjfore
I'll bet Mr. Chow is only dimly aware at best of the origin of the modern usage of the term "silent majority." The phrase was conjured by Richard Nixon's speechwriters in the late 1960s, in the context of protests and tensions over the U.S.'s interventions in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Nixon used the phrase to describe the never-enumerated masses of Americans who, it was assumed, fully supported the war, because they didn't actively protest it. That is, it was a specious, empty premise designed for cynical public relations and propaganda purposes.
Subsequently, invocations of a "silent majority" in the context of American political culture have had an ironic, sarcastic edge. When the term is used, it is invoked with some derision.
Mr. Chow and his minions clearly have no understanding of this context.
Of course, in the 19th Century, "silent majority" had a different meaning. It referred, somewhat poetically but more straightforwardly, to dead people.
nicolas
Robert Chow Yung, a spokesman for the pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy, is the real cheater himself...He's also an idiot, stupid and a double standard campaigner. This only shows the weakness of their campaign by simply allowing a wide range of ineligible people to join and sign in. Remember he said the past weeks that the signature campaign is to hear the voice of HK people who opposed to the "occupy central movement" ? Then, why do mainlanders and foreigners be allowed and drawn into the signatures campaign ? They even allowed minors or secondary students to signed as well. In fact, they even used business companies or corporate to help them gather signatures which I believe the staff will be forced to do so. Afraid that they will be badly treated for not doing so. Given the wide range of ineligible people and a month to do so. The organizer are targeting at around 800,000 signatures only compared to "occupied central movement". Simply no confidence and a bunch of incompetent organizers. He only has a big mouth...Filthy rubbish organizers especially Robert Chow Yung....
Dai Muff
"it was impossible to force anyone to sign because organisers of the campaign would be checking voters' identification cards when they submitted their votes."
The "logic" of this argument is a very special kind of Robert Chow mind logic.
Dai Muff
"it was impossible to force anyone to sign because organisers of the campaign would be checking voters' identification cards when they submitted their votes."
The "logic" of this argument is a very special kind of Robert Chow mind logic.
cleareye
Wouldn't it be nice if SCMP provide locations where one can go to offer their signatures?
sjfore
Absolutely not the job of journalists.
Carparklee
It's a good opportunity for the moderate majority in Hong Kong to "voice out" their stand. There are 428 stands out there in the street today to facilitate the easy opinion expression. If the moderates' voice can be heard through that hopefully, the radicals would take a step back, relax and re-evaluate the situation before pushing Hong Kong to the cliff.
Dai Muff
No sane person who has read these clowns' articles in the China Daily will believe for one second they are "moderates". Even their rhetoric is CP rhetoric.
And, by the way, who created that "edge of the cliff"?

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