Anti-Occupy march organisers pledge to investigate ‘cash for taking part’ claims

Jeffie Lam, Tony Cheung, Teddy Ng | 18 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

Organisers of Sunday’s protest against Occupy Central promise to investigate reports that some participants were hired to show up

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Abandon Occupy Central!

Suzanne Pepper | 18 August 2014 | China Elections Blog

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Hong Kong’s democracy movement should be basking in the glow …  except that Robert Chow’s anti-Occupy Central campaign is using imitation to mock and bait not emulate.  A distinguished-looking white-haired gentleman in his 60s, Chow seems an unlikely candidate for such an exercise.  On occasion when crowds gather and awkward questions are shouted out he wears the expression of an accidental hero who finds himself holding a tiger by the tail and can’t quite decide whether to hang on for dear life or let go and hope for the best.

But now that virtually the entire pro-government establishment has rallied to his cause … including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, most of his principal government officials, the police, the main pro-Beijing political party, the main (pro-Beijing) labor federation, the Liberal Party, New People’s Party, mainland-owned companies, chambers of commerce, and all the pro-Beijing united front associations …   Chow has no choice but to see it through to the end.  Consequently, on August 17 he also found himself in unfamiliar territory, leading a three-kilometer march along pan-democrats’ main protest route from Victoria Park to Hong Kong’s downtown central business district.

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Pro-government protesters hit back with huge Hong Kong rally

Wilfred Chan | 18 August 2014 | CNN

Hong Kong (CNN) — Just call it the anti-protest protest.

Tens of thousands of people marched through Hong Kong yesterday in support of China and to protest Occupy Central, a pro-democracy movement that says it will plan to stage a civil disobedience sit-in unless the Chinese government allows the Hong Kong public to nominate and vote for its next leader.

Robert Chow, the organizer of Sunday’s march, said it represented Hong Kong’s desire to work “peacefully” with the Chinese government in Beijing on political reform.

“We want universal suffrage, but not at any cost,” he told CNN Monday.

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Anti-Occupy Central rally pales in comparison to July 1 march

18 August 2014 | EJ Insight

The anti-Occupy Central rally in Hong Kong on Sunday drew much lower turnout when compared to the July 1 pro-democracy march, a fact that will not escape the attention of various political groups in the city.

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy, which organized yesterday’s rally, said 193,000 people took part in the march, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday. According to the Public Opinion Pogramme of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the turnout for the pro-Beijing rally was in the 79,000 to 88,000 range.

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Anti-Occupy Central rally pales in comparison to July 1 march

18 August 2014 | HKEJ 

The anti-Occupy Central rally in Hong Kong on Sunday drew much lower turnout when compared to the July 1 pro-democracy march, a fact that will not escape the attention of various political groups in the city.

Dr Chan Kin-man, an organizer of Occupy Central, said he respects people’s right to express various opinions, but said he hopes that everyone understands that Occupy Central is a peaceful and non-violent movement.

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Pro-government protesters hit back with huge Hong Kong rally

Wilfred Chan | 18 August 2014 | CNN

Tens of thousands of people marched through Hong Kong yesterday in support of China and to protest Occupy Central, a pro-democracy movement that says it will plan to stage a civil disobedience sit-in unless the Chinese government allows the Hong Kong public to nominate and vote for its next leader.

Robert Chow, the organizer of Sunday’s march, said it represented Hong Kong’s desire to work “peacefully” with the Chinese government in Beijing on political reform.

“We want universal suffrage, but not at any cost,” he told CNN Monday.

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Hong Kong’s bizarre ‘Fujianese Against Freedom’ march

18 August 2014 | Big Lychee

When the forces that hold power organize a street demonstration against the forces who don’t hold power – that is, the government holds a march against the populace – you know something strange is happening. Despite its title, the protest had no positive aim. It was a demonstration against demonstrating. It was demanding that people stop demanding things. It was a march for silence and obedience, and acceptance of unrepresentative (not to say poor) government.

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Thousands rally in Hong Kong against pro-democracy Occupy Central movement

18 August 2014 | Reuters/AFP

Tens of thousands of people, many wearing red as a sign of their patriotism to China, took part in a demonstration march in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in the city.

Demonstrators braved wilting heat to participate in the rally, which was organized by a pro-Beijing group. Many carried banners or shouted slogans saying they wanted to “oppose” the Occupy Central with Love and Peace pro-democracy movement, while others waved Chinese flags. Some, however, seemed to be not quite certain what they were protesting.

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Poles apart

18 August 2014 | The Economist

NOWHERE in the world, it seems, are demonstrators so hard to count as in Hong Kong. This was true even under British rule. Under Chinese sovereignty since 1997, Hong Kong’s arithmetic has got even harder. When untold thousands took to the streets on July 1st for what has become an annual march demanding full democracy for the special administrative region of China, the police estimated 98,600 people took part. The organisers reckoned more than five times as many braved the heat to raise their voices against the local government.

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Hong Kong’s Pro-Beijing Crowd Occupies Itself With Own March

17 Aug 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Hong Kong’s pro-establishment groups staged a march of their own Sunday opposing Occupy Central, a democratic activist group threatening mass civil disobedience if the Beijing government does not offer the city genuine choice in their next election for Chief Executive, the city’s top leader.

The rally, dubbed a “march for peace,” was meant to overshadow this year’s July 1 pro-democracy march, which drew hundreds of thousands of people. But when the march officially began at 3 p.m. Sunday, about half of Victoria Park, the march’s starting point, was empty and littered with stickers opposing Occupy Central and plastic flowers, handed out to participants in order to keep count of how many attended.

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Thousands in HK Say ‘NO!’ to Occupy Central

Chen Yajiao, Wu Hanqi | 17 August 2014 | Asia Sentinel

But there are questions whether lots of them were manipulated

Thousands of protesters opposed to plans by pro-democracy advocates to attempt to close down the center of Hong Kong later this year assembled in the city’s Victoria Park to march to the center of the city to show their support for the government.

The orderly crowd was composed mostly of elderly marchers, many of them carrying umbrellas to guard against the blistering sun. Although organizers numbered the marchers at 120,000, an independent count by Hong Kong University researchers estimated that between 79,000 and 88,000 people took part. By contrast, organizers of the July 1 march said that more than half a million took part.

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Pro-Beijing Protesters in Hong Kong Receive Cash for Marching

Matthew Robertson | 17 August 2014 | Epoch Times

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong’s streets Sunday afternoon, calling for Hong Kong to submit to Beijing’s political control and stop listening to democratic organizers who say the city-state should be able to elect its own leaders without China’s interference.

The only problem was that an unknown number of them were paid to turn up, according to Hong Kong television reports, and many of them may not have been Hong Kong residents at all.

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Pro-government crowds march in HK

Julie Zhu, Mark Wembridge, Tom Mitchell | 17 August 2014 | Financial Times

Hong Kong’s business district has again come to a standstill, as supporters of the pro-establishment, anti-Occupy Central movement took to the streets to add their voices to the city’s summer of political discontent.

The rally on Sunday was the latest in a series of retaliatory protests between pro-Beijing and pro-democracy groups, in a political battle over how the promise of universal suffrage will be delivered to the former British colony.

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Thousands Protest an ‘Occupy’ Movement in Hong Kong

Michael Forsythe, Alan Wong | 17 August 2014 | New York Times

HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of people marched under a blistering sun in Hong Kong on Sunday to express their opposition to a pro-democracy movement that has threatened to bring Asia’s biggest financial center to a standstill if the government does not open up the nomination process for electing the city’s top leader.

Protesters, many waving Chinese flags, streamed into Victoria Park in midafternoon before a planned march, and the contrast with a rally held July 1 by pro-democracy organizers was stark. Many, if not most of the participants in Sunday’s rally, were born in mainland China. Most were organized into groups corresponding to Chinese hometowns, schools or, in some cases, employers, easily identifiable with their matching T-shirts and hats. Middle-aged and elderly people dominated Sunday’s march, while young people dominated last month’s march.

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Hong Kong Rally Against Occupy Central Attracts Thousands

Jill Mao | 17 August 2014 | Business Week

Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong marched to protest threats by activist groups to paralyze the city’s financial district if China refuses to allow direct leadership elections, underlining the division in the city.

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy put yesterday’s turnout at 193,000 people, compared with the 88,000 estimate by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme.

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As it happened: Police estimate more than 110,00 marchers attended anti-Occupy Central rally

Jeffie Lam, Nectar Gan, Gloria Chan | 17 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

This afternoon the streets between Causeway’s Bay’s Victoria Park and Chater Road in Central are once again filled with demonstrators. This time it’s the turn of the anti-Occupy Central movement. 

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