采访/朱智善 编辑/尚燕 后制/舒灿
Third Day of Occupy Central Sit-in Will HK Government withdraw before October 1?
Hong Kong Occupy Central civil disobedience movement enters the third day of protests on Sept. 30. Protesters still gather in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and other places. Although the Government withdrew the riot police on Monday, students and the public on Tuesday have found that the Government did not soften, but switch to other tactics.
Sept 30th morning, a silver sea emerges below the pedestrian bridge of the Central. Tens of thousands of people spontaneously gathered here. They illuminated their phone screens and shouted for Leung Chun-ying to step down.
Banners reading: “I want genuine universal suffrage", “hold freedom tightly in the wind and rain" hang on the overpass bridge. Among the crowd, someone sang “brighter future" of Beyond Band.
Hong Kong citizen Nicole: “At the Government Offices in Admiralty and Central, some cars transport bottled water, and lunch vehicles transport foods for Occupy Central participants, and that scene is very spectacular."
The third day of Occupy Central in Hong Kong, when the clock just read 0:05, the Chairman of Hong Kong Television Network Limited Ricky Wong wrote a message on Facebook:"Dear friends, tonight, no matter how many people do anything by impulse, including attacking government buildings or doing anything provocative, please do not be incited and do not support them. Because you will never know those attackers’ background and purpose. Keep in mind the purpose of peaceful protest rallies, express your demands in a peaceful and rational way. “
The actual story seemed to confirm Ricky‘s worries. Just over one hour after midnight, close to 2:00, a dark grey Mercedes sedan, suddenly rushed at high speed into the people holding peaceful assembly on Argyle Street of Mong Kok, and then quickly left the scene. Thanks to the people who, in a timely manner, took evasive action, no one was injured. The driver was later arrested.
Afterwards, rumours of attacking incidents came out a few times. HK Student Federation suspected the government spread the rumours hoping to prevent public participation in the action of Occupy Central. So HK Student Federation called on supporters to confirm all the information in terms of the official Facebook of HKSF.
Lingnan University Student Union’s Standing Committee Member Luo Guan-cong: “Just now the police dispatch a lot of plainclothes mixing inside the crowd. When they instigate or incite the crowd, we should be calm and rational to treat (the situation) without resorting to physical violence. This is necessary, as well as in the spirit of civil disobedience."
Hong Kong University Student Union Standing Committee Member Liang LiGuo:"What we said is very clear, and the plainclothes might stay and mix within the crowd. So please can you cool it a little bit. And then in fact, most of the people were very cool and calm."
On Tuesday, people on the street have decreased. On Monday the Government withdrew the riot police. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam also said the second round of consultation on political reform would be postponed. However, the protesters do not think this shows that the Government have softened.
College student Helen Kwong: “I think this is a strategy, because yesterday tear gas was fired. If they use it again today, international public opinion will be very powerful. The government will be under too much pressure, so just stay calm."
Some Hong Kong citizens also said that the Government only changes the way it suppresses the people from the open to the underhand.
Hong Kong citizen Nicole: “But the government is now treating us in a very despicable way, and even blocking the news. When Benny Tai Yiu Ting gave his speech on Mong Kok Street on the television, half-way through, the picture about his talk was immediately cut and switched to the screen for celebrating peace by singing and dancing."
Public opinion also believe that as October 1 is around the corner, some current action taken by the government is a temporary measure because the Government feared the situation would be further out of control and embarrass Beijing.
Hong Kong citizen Nicole: “If Hong Kong people are angered, I estimate that more than a half million people will come out. On October 1, tomorrow there will be certainly a large and assembled parade."
On Sept 30, the White House responded to the activity of Occupy Central in Hong Kong, expressed close attention, and urged the HK Government to exercise restraint and demonstrators to maintain peace. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg praised the bravery of the Hong Kong protesters, and reaffirmed universal suffrage for Hong Kong must be offered which allows people to have real choice. But in mainland China, the Chinese Communist Party official media has few reports on Occupy Central. On the same day, “Global Times" still claimed that Hong Kong political reform will not change along with the Occupy Central movement.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/ShuCan