Hong Kong’s Occupy Central Plans Civil Disobedience Protest in OctoberPosted: September 10, 2014
HONG KONG—The Hong Kong protest movement Occupy Central plans to launch a civil-disobedience campaign in early October to protest Beijing’s decision to effectively control who can run for the city’s top post, said a person close to the group.
“Many people, including professors who were previously against Occupy Central, are now in support of the movement, whether through direct participation or donations.”
— Chan Kin-man, a co-founder of Occupy Central
The group last week had indicated a loss of momentum following the announcement of the Chinese decision on Aug. 31.
The person close to Occupy Central said holding the protest a full month after Beijing’s decision was aimed at giving supporters ample time to “decide for themselves” whether to join the cause in a “coolheaded” fashion. The person said detailed protest plans were still being made.
The person denied that the timing was chosen to coincide with the weeklong holiday around China’s National Day on Oct. 1. That is traditionally one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year in Hong Kong, when a lot of mainlanders visit the city.
The person said the group has purchased 40 mobile toilets and some tents in preparation for the protests.
Student activists said they would also begin boycotting classes starting Sept. 22.
The group said over the weekend that some pro-democracy activists, including Occupy Central organizers, would shave their heads on Tuesday, a move billed as a pledge to nonviolent resistance…(read more)
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