采访/陈汉 编辑/尚燕 剪辑/舒灿
Dialogue Granted, Violence Promoted
15 minutes before their ultimatum expired, Hong Kong
chief executive Leung Chun-ying announced a dialogue
has been granted between the government and protesters.
He refused to resign or to object to the political reform
by the Communist congress.
The protest organizers had once agreed to the dialogue.
But, the violence against the protesters from
the pro-Communist and pro-government parties
on the afternoon of the Oct. 3 had the HK Federation
of Students decide to put aside the dialogue.
Tension mounted outside of the Hong Kong leader’s office
as thousands of protesters listened to a live broadcast
of Leung Chun-ying delivering a statement.
Leung Chun-ying announced chief secretary
for administration Carrie Lam has been appointed to lead
a discussion of political reform with HK Students
As for the demand to withdraw the regime’s political reform
and the chief executive to step down,
Leung Chun-ying gave his answer.
Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying:
“Only do we follow the provisional basic law and the decision
of the NPCSC can we have universal suffrage in 2017,"
“I won’t resign because I must carry out the universal suffrage
Clearly, it’s not what they wanted to hear.
Outside government buildings, the protesters
have been calling for calm.
When a person ran out of the crowd and sat on the street,
others immediately built a human chain to prevent further
expansion of the occupation.
Stage actor, Johnson Tai: “After going through all these
for the past five or six days, you can see every time there
is a clash or some scuffles, in the end, the people manage
to resolve it peacefully.
I think this shows the quality of the Hong Kong
Occupy Central has entered its sixth day.
On weekdays, the number of protesters
has decreased in each region.
But outside the Hong Kong Government Chief Executive’s
Office, there are still a large number of protesters.
The Administrative Department announced the temporarily
closure of the Central Government Offices.
During the day, shouting and shoving were seen from some
pro-Communist and pro-government parties.
The protesters continue to hold high their slogan, “keep calm."
39 year-old Occupy Central protester, Eric Ng:
“I think they are going to provoke us,
so we just stay camped down around the campus."
HK Federation of Students issued a statement at 1:30 a.m.
agreeing to the open dialogue with Carrie Lam and hoping
for clear details on the dialogue from the government.
The statement also called on Hong Kong people to continue
the insistence and stay alert around the Central
An hour after CY Leung announced the dialogue,
Xinhua published a commentary stressing
the Occupy Central is illegal and the congress will not yield.
The other state mouthpiece, People’s Daily, also issued
its third consecutive article opposing Occupy Central.
Hong Kong legislative council Sin Chung-kai: “We all know
Beijing’s tough attitude from People’s Daily’s commentaries
for the past three days regarding the support to the congress
and the Leung’s government."
The founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party,
Martin Lee, however, holds no hope for the meeting
with Carrie Lam, according to Ming Pao newspaper.
He said Beijing has shut the door on Hong Kong’s democracy.
There is nothing to be discussed.
On Sept. 3, no comment was made by Beijing.
Reports or commentary on the dialogue was also nonexistent
on the Chinese Internet.
Occupy Central, the Hong Kong Federation of Students,
and Benny Tai have all become sensitive keywords on Weibo.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/ShuCan