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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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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Chan Kin-Man: Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.

Speech at 2 August 2014 demonstration outside of Wanchai Police Headquarters, Hong Kong
Original published on OCLP Facebook Page on 5 August 2014: Read original

The participants in today’s rally at Police Headquarters are paying tribute to our friends of the July 2 sit-in. We thank them for their fight for democracy, their self-sacrifice in bringing hope to Hong Kong, and for their demonstration of nonviolent, peaceful civil disobedience.

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Albert Einstein Institution: The Struggle for Universal Suffrage in Hong Kong

9 July 2014 | Albert Einstein Institution

Civic groups and citizens of Hong Kong struggling for universal suffrage have begun to heighten their campaign.

On July 3, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers staged a mass walkout from a parliament session against the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, accusing him of “willful ignorance of the people’s call for real democracy”. Many lawmakers held banners and demanded Leung’s resignation.

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Occupy Central’s bid to set up company rejected

Gary Cheung, Tony Cheung | 12 May 2014 | SCMP

“It was inappropriate [to compare us with a triad society] because a triad society’s objective is to engage in criminal acts,”

“Our goal is to achieve universal suffrage, and we have deliberation and voting before we decide” whether civil disobedience is required. “Many organisations, such as Greenpeace, League of Social Democrats and People Power, could undertake acts of civil disobedience and yet they are registered as companies in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong’s Companies Registry turned down a bid by Occupy Central to register as a company, something one person familiar with the matter compared to an application by a “triad society”.

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Battle for the soul of Occupy after vote on reform plans

Tony Cheung, Tanna Chong | 10 May 2014 | SCMP

Locking down a city’s business heart might seem like a radical action but a political middle path has been on the mind of Benny Tai Yiu-ting since he initiated the Occupy Central idea.

In a column in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on January 16 last year, the University of Hong Kong legal scholar and Occupy Central co-founder Tai wrote that those who joined the pro-democracy civil-disobedience movement “should include social opinion leaders, especially those who have never broken the law, or non-radical political leaders, former officials … and academics”.

Their participation would create a “powerful” call to society, Tai wrote. Sixteen months later the movement has endorsed three political reform proposals that all include the right for the public to nominate chief executive candidates in 2017. That result has drawn accusations that Occupy has been led away from Tai’s planned middle path by more extreme elements.

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Scholars find 15 plans for 2017 poll that meet international standards

Jeffie Lam | 1 May 2014 | SCMP

A group of international scholars has chosen 15 electoral reform plans they say meet international standards for universal suffrage.

The academics, experts in politics and constitutional law, were brought in by the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement to help filter different models for the 2017 chief executive election ahead of its third “deliberation day” on Tuesday. Up to 3,000 supporters will join the deliberation day and select three models to be put to a “civil referendum”, an electronic poll open to all registered voters from June 20 to 22. Occupy will endorse the winner.

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