“Occupy Central” will fire its opening salvo with coordinated mass actions in five districts of Hong Kong next Tuesday, RTHK News reported Friday, citing Benny Tai Yiu-ting, one of the organizers of the protest movement.
The organizers, however, may hold off an earlier plan to launch a full-scale civil disobedience campaign on July 1, and instead conduct a mass oath-taking rally for participants, Tai was quoted as saying.
During the “Deliberation Day” on May 6, some 2,000 people will hold forums to choose the three best proposals for political reform. The forums will be held in North Point, Choi Hung, Tseung Kwan O, Sha Tin and Yuen Long, the report said.
The three proposals will then be put to a “civil referendum”, an electronic poll open to all registered voters from June 20 to 22.
Hong Kong will deploy at least 2,000 police officers to maintain peace and order on July 1, when pro-democracy groups are expected to stage protest actions to press their demand for universal suffrage, Ming Pao Daily reported earlier.
Meanwhile, Alan Leong Kah-kit, Civic Party leader and supporter of the movement, said he has been invited to meet with Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, this month.
The Civic Party has submitted its own reform proposal for the 2017 Chief Executive election, and reiterated its support for the “three-track” nomination system that would allow not only the nominating committee but also political parties and the general electorate to nominate their own candidates for the position.
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