It’s not too late to shape Beijing’s mind on reform, liaison office tells pan-democrats

Peter So, Gary Cheung | 18 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

Central government’s top representative says no decision has been made and pan-democrats can still influence NPC Standing Committee ruling

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Anti-Occupy march as much a product of political dysfunction as pro-democracy protests

Larry Au | 18 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

Larry Au says understanding the contradictory motivation behind the increasing use of street protests in Hong Kong – whether pro-government or pro-democracy – will help to break the vicious cycle of escalation

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Hong Kong political reform consultation was dominated by ‘orchestrated’ responses

Calvin Liu, Brian Yap and Joyce Ng | 18 August 2014 | SCMP

The government’s consultation exercise on political reform was dominated by “orchestrated” bloc submissions, most of them favouring a conservative stance, a South China Morning Post study has revealed.

Summary:

  • More than 90% of 121,447 submissions to HK Gov electoral reform consultation were based on templates and submitted collectively by 822 groups- most of which were not named.
  • 80% of submissions to HK gov public consultation on electoral reform were made by unidentified groups using templates.
  • Pro-CCP DAB made 12.7% of submissions to HK gov electoral reform consultation, most nearly identical.
  • Unidentified groups & DAB are 92.7% of group submissions to HK consultation on electoral reform.

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Anti-Occupy march as much a product of political dysfunction as pro-democracy protests

Larry Au | 18 August 2014 | SCMP

Larry Au says understanding the contradictory motivation behind the increasing use of street protests in Hong Kong – whether pro-government or pro-democracy – will help to break the vicious cycle of escalation.

If the government is truly concerned about the continued viability of our political institutions, it must ensure an equitable outcome that makes protests – whether pro-democracy or pro-government – no longer necessary. Imagine that: a government that listens to and reflects the will of the people.

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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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Solicitors vote to unseat Law Society president Ambrose Lam

Joyce Ng | 14 August 2014 | South China Morning Post

The Law Society yesterday passed a historic vote of no confidence in its president for his remarks backing Beijing’s recent white paper on Hong Kong.

A no-confidence motion in Ambrose Lam San-keung was passed by a wide margin, with 2,392 votes for and 1,478 against.

 

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