Police ‘perform second major drill over Occupy Central’

Samuel Chan | 20 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

Almost 10 per cent of the 28,000-strong police force gathered yesterday as units from across the city took part in what is understood to have been the second major exercise to prepare for the Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign.

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Hong Kong Police Slammed as Biased After Anti-Occupy Protest

18 August 2014 | Radio Free Asia

Democracy activists in Hong Kong on Monday accused police in the former British colony of inflating the number of participants at a weekend demonstration opposing plans for an “Occupy Central” movement, which has threatened mass civil disobedience if China doesn’t offer the city a real choice in the next election for its leader.

Police said the number of protesters at Sunday’s pro-Beijing march for “peace and democracy” had reached 111,800, in sharp contrast to the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme’s estimate of no more than 88,000.

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Laughing Off Threats in the Fight Against ‘Fake Democracy’

Didi Kirsten Tatlow | 13 August 2014 | New York Times

Chan Kin-man, a prominent Hong Kong democracy activist, receives many anonymous threats. He has gotten a razor blade in the mail and messages like: ‘‘Hunt and Kill Traitors!’’ Sophisticated hacking attempts occur daily, often from email addresses belonging to friends or students. Some threats are unprintable, about what the sender would like to do to Mr. Chan’s mother.

‘‘This guy sent it to me twice,’’ said Mr. Chan, sitting in his office at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is a sociology professor, pulling out a letter from a folder. ‘‘He also likes my mother. Big fan of my mom.’’

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Fencing Off Civic Square Enrages Hong Kongers

Lin Yi | 23 July 2014 | Epoch Times

HONG KONG—The Civic Square, the symbolic heart of the Central Government Offices (CGO), was designed to express the relation between the people of Hong Kong and their government. That space is now being walled off in a move critics say shows a government turning hostile to its own people.

The CGO complex was originally designed with an open-door concept, as explained by then-Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

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Popular protest spot Civic Square closed for security works, public access limited

Cheung Chi-fai and Jeffie Lam | 17 July 2014 | SCMP

A three-metre-high fence is being built outside the government’s headquarters amid security fears after several mass protests.

Critics attacked the measure, saying it undermined the right to freedom of assembly. The fence will block what used to be free access to the forecourt, or “Civic Square” as protesters call it, in front of the east-wing entrance to the Tamar site in Admiralty.

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