采访/陈汉 编辑/尚燕 后制/舒灿
Hong Kong Government “Drags" On
The Occupy Central enters its fifth day.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) has demanded
chief executive Leung Chun-ying step down by 12 midnight
of Oct. 2, and urged people to surround more government
buildings from Friday unless the authorities accept their demands.
Hong Kong government and Beijing seem to shift to drag
facing calls from millions of Hong Kong people.
Will the drag work?
On morning of Oct. 2, protest organizers, Scholarism and HKFS
called on the people to surround the Chief Executive’s Office.
The students marched from the Legislative Council to the
Chief Executive’s Office and conducted a sit-in and shouted,
“civil disobedience without fear", and
“Leung Chun-ying to step down, do not come back."
Iron railings were set up with more than 100 police officers
on alert at the scene.
Occupy Central has entered its fifth day.
It was relatively calm after dawn.
The police remained outside of the Chief Executive’s Office,
but kept a distance from the protesters.
Meanwhile, the street movement has extended to the Central,
Admiralty, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui.
A student protester, Miss Deng: “The current situation is that
the public continue to support this event.
People who went last night did come back after some rest.
There is no special government action. They seem to ignore us,
and leave the rally to us. It is probably a drag."
The Deputy Secretary-General of HKFS Lester Shum
criticized the government’s attitude of delaying.
He issued an ultimatum to CY Leung , demanding him to step
down by midnight of the 2nd.
Surrounding of government buildings will start but fire,
medical and social welfare departments will be excluded.
However, the Government still seems to ignore the warning.
Hong Kong media reported quoting government sources saying
the government is willing to meet with the HKFS
with no conditions, but CY Leung will “absolutely not resign".
Wall Street Journal Chinese reported that sources revealed
Leung has adopted a new strategy to “observe" the protest
and “wait" for the protest to subside or lose its public support.
The report also said that the Communist Central Government
has restricted Leung’s use of armed force.
The tear gas did not expel but only drew more protesters
to occupy some other areas of Hong Kong.
“This is their way. But it can’t be delayed like this.
The HKFS will occupy more government buildings.
If the chief executive does not resign, the movement will step up
to respond to Leung Chun-ying’s drag tactic."
Faced with the government dragging, the students are
concerned with the economy in Hong Kong.
But, they said, they are more worried about the future,
with no freedom and democracy.
Student protester, Jess Ling: “We think democracy is more
important for our future rather than business, yes."
HKFS said that the majority of Hong Kong people
understand this philosophy.
City University of Hong Kong Students Union Standing
Committee Ting Ka Ki: “Opposing voices are relatively few,
because Hong Kong people are basically determined to fight
for universal suffrage.
The opposition is mainly for some people’s life being affected,
but the majority Hong Kong people are aware of it."
Hong Kong people in general say it is all for the future
of Hong Kong.
60-year-old construction safety officer, Eddie Fung:
“I think sacrifice can’t be avoided sometimes. No pain, no gain.
These young people’s passion,
I support them from deep in my heart."
Unidentified woman with young child: “I don’t take this lightly,
there is hot sun and rain. But we need to do something for the future."
Will the delaying tactic work against the determination
of fighting for universal suffrage?
The 1989 Tiananmen student protest leader Shen Tong
mentioned his view.
Shen Tong, former Tiananmen Square activist: “This time it’s
different. There’s going to be more and more people inspired to join.
Hong Kong as a society is in a new situation, as a society not
just protesting against government, so they’re going to negotiate
a way out, to find a way to make this last."
Apple Daily reported on the 2nd, the occupy point at Causeway
has become a new tourist attraction.
Some tourists would take the initiative to discuss political
reform with the protesters. Among them are some mainlanders.
There are also parents bringing their children to the site
to write down the hope for the future of Hong Kong.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/ShuCan