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Square Votes Halted but Nonstop Appeal for True Universal Suffrage
Hong Kong Umbrella Movement enters into its 30th day.
A referendum was to be held in the square and was scheduled
for Sunday and Monday
However, after a discussion among five groups, including
the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS),
Scholarism, Peaceful Occupy Central etc,
the votes have since been shelved.
But these groups stressed that they will not give up
the Occupy Central for true universal suffrage.
Voting was scheduled on Sunday night at three occupied areas,
however, three hours before its expected start,
it was suddenly announced the voting would not take place.
Occupy Central Love and Peace co-Founder Benny Tai,
said:……we will suspend the voting.
But that does not mean an end to the movement,
but actually it will provide us with an opportunity
for people to consider what might be the next step."
Secretariat of Occupy Central Movement said
in a statement,
due to the many different views on various voting forms
and voting topics,
also the complexity of the topics, the actual utility of voting, etc.,
it is necessary to act prudently.
The statement admitted that the decision of the voting schedule
had insufficient negotiation with the public
before it was announced, the organisers apologised to the public.
After announcing the decision, Benny Tai, Alex Chow,
Pan-democratic Legislative Councillor Alan Leong and United
Front in Support of Students and Citizens’
Struggle head Mei-lien Hu,
all bowed hand in hand together, apologising to the public.
Hong Kong Federation of Students Secretary, Alex Chow,
“Well, we sincerely apologise to the occupiers
in different protest areas.
We have come to understand and have heard different opinions,
and after fervent discussion, we now see their point of view
and would like to suspend the whole voting, ….."
Will the action taken to suspend voting, make any positive
impression upon the people, considering present circumstances?!
On Monday morning’s radio program, Benny Tai admitted
that the wrong decisions were made
under pressure of a large-scale campaign,
but he hopes the public will forgive them.
Alex Chow hopes this vote will provide a reference,
an example for the National People’s Conference Standing
Committee (NPCSC) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),
which will trigger them to realise that not every decision
Alex Chou: “I hope the Government can clearly see
(the consequences of) their (NPCSC) Motion No. 831
and the political reform scheme of (NPCSC) from this movement,
they should withdraw and shelve the existing political reform plan."
As for the next step of the Occupy Central Movement,
it is understood that in the next few days, the Federation,
Scholarism and other Occupy Central groups will hold a “forum"
in the occupied areas,
to discuss whether it is possible to launch a second round
of dialogue with the government short term,
and the viability of pan-democratic legislative councillors
resignation for starting an actual referendum.
Hong Kong Legislative Council member Sin Chung-kai:
“I guess this impasse will maintain a relatively long period of time.
Students have begun to consider maintaining the road
occupation for a relatively long time too.
Eventually, if the government puts the final political reform program
together, discussing with Legislative Council, then
I guess the students would stick to that time."
On the other hand, “Anti-Occupy Central Coalition" head
Robert Chow launched “Return Road to the people"
claiming that on just one day, it had been signed
by more than 300,000 people.
The online signature system is not strict.
Some Internet users tried to use “I want true universal suffrage"
as the name to sign, even using bad language,
but they all successfully signed,
so it is questionable that the data is manipulated.
Mr Zhang Jian is a US-based researcher on China’s
He says: “So in this case of black-box operations, if they can reach
a certain number of signatures, it is not surprising.
If using this way like a bet to compare the number of people
to determine the decision of one political plan,
then this needs to tell the whole of the Chinese people
to vote and rule the Occupy Central via each of them."
On Oct. 27, the Umbrella Campaign
enters into its 30th day.
Following the giant banners “I want real universal suffrage"
hanging in the campuses of Hong Kong’s City University
and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,
today someonealso hung the banner
in the campus of University of Hong Kong.
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