Date
19 September 2017
Cardinal Joseph Zen will embark on a 7-day walking tour to encourage Hong Kong people to participate in the June 22 civil referendum. Photo: Bloomberg
Cardinal Joseph Zen will embark on a 7-day walking tour to encourage Hong Kong people to participate in the June 22 civil referendum. Photo: Bloomberg

Cardinal Zen plans walking tour to promote June civil referendum

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former Bishop of Hong Kong, will tour the city on foot for a week later this month to encourage people to participate in a civil referendum being conducted by the Occupy Central activists group.

The referendum, due to be held from June 20 to June 22, is aimed at determining the public’s preference on three reform proposals in relation to the 2017 chief executive election. Organizers have said they expect a turnout of 100,000 in the civil referendum.

The cardinal, who is over 80 years old, revealed in a half-page advertisement in the latest issue of church publication Kung Kao Po that he would walk for 12 hours on average every day from June 14 to boost the turnout, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Zen also called upon Catholics to join the walk, which will follow seven routes designed to cover the five districts in Hong Kong.

Chan Kin-man, one of the organizers of the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement, said he and two other organizers, Reverend Chu Yiu-ming and Benny Tai, will also join the walk. Other interested citizens are also welcome.

The seven routes are: Charter Garden to Mei Foo (June 14), Lam Tin to Lok Fu (June 15), Po Lam to Sha Tin (June 16), Tai Po to Sheung Shui (June 17), Yuen Long to Tuen Mun (June 18), Kwai Fong to Tsuen Wan (June 19), and Central to Charter Garden (June 20).

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