Hong Kong Readies for Protester VotePosted: October 25, 2014
City Calm Ahead of a Vote Organized by Pro-Democracy Protest Leaders
Crowds grew Saturday at the downtown protest site, as they have during other weekends, though there were no reports of clashes between demonstrators and police as on other recent evenings.
The student-led protesters want anyone to be able to stand for Hong Kong’s first ever public ballot for chief executive in 2017. China’s government in August ruled a selection committee largely loyal to Beijing will select those who can stand, sparking the protests.
Some local citizens—who have taken to wearing blue ribbons—are angry that students have shut down parts of the city over the issue. On Saturday night there were reports that some blue ribbon demonstrators had attacked journalists covering their counter protests in Kowloon.
“I agree with the students’ goal. Who doesn’t want a democratic society?”
Radio Television Hong Kong and Television Broadcasts Ltd. issued statements complaining their journalists had been pushed and kicked by blue ribbon protesters. Police haven’t made any arrests.
Financial Secretary John Tsang weighed in on his blog Sunday, warning the protesters’ tactics of civil disobedience could cause long-term political damage.
“My concerns about the economy do not match my worries about the movement’s harm to Hong Kong’s administration and rule of law,” Mr. Tsang wrote.
Student leaders want to show their aims have broad support in this city of seven million. Protests have numbered in the thousands recently, and the thoughts of many citizens are unclear….(read more)
—Isabella Steger, Kate O’Keeffe and Ned Levin contributed to this article.
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