Date
19 September 2017
Benny Tai says Occupy Central does not have to be the lone striker in Hong Kong's democracy campaign. Photo: HKEJ
Benny Tai says Occupy Central does not have to be the lone striker in Hong Kong's democracy campaign. Photo: HKEJ

‘Separate but united’ in universal vote drive

Occupy Central organizer Benny Tai reached for a football metaphor to convey failures in the campaign and an upcoming review of tactics, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Tai said Occupy Central does not have to be the focal point, or lone striker, in Hong Kong’s democracy campaign because that would make it difficult to score. Two strikers, as Tai put it, would create more room for attempts on goal, and he therefore welcomes efforts by “moderate democrats” to build another platform to seek universal suffrage.

He said Occupy Central set out to unite the pan-democratic camp but it has become the center of everything, even though democracy should be all about diversity.

But Tai rejected claims that the movement has been hijacked by aggressive democrats, insisting the campaign is still under the leadership of himself, Chu Yiu-ming and Chan Kin-man.

Tai said he met members of Hong Kong 2020, a political group led by former chief secretary Anson Chan, and they agreed they would pursue their goals for universal suffrage separately.

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