Date
11 December 2017
Macau Conscience rallies 7,500 protesters outside the legislative building to demand the government scrap a retirement perks bill for officials. Photo: Macau Conscience Facebook page
Macau Conscience rallies 7,500 protesters outside the legislative building to demand the government scrap a retirement perks bill for officials. Photo: Macau Conscience Facebook page

First the perks bill, now the Macau small-circle election

Macau surprised many in Hong Kong last month when a record 20,000 people in the usually quiet city took to the streets to protest against a retirement perks bill that promised lavish post-work benefits for top government officials.

The mass protest on May 25 forced Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on into reverse on the bill, but the organizer of the demonstration said there’s still more work to be done, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Kam Sut-leng, from activist group and rally organizer Macau Conscience, said the next battle will be against the small-circle election for the chief executive in August.  

Kam also said Macau has its own social and cultural environment so the group won’t just copy the tactics of social movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

She said there are protests in Hong Kong every week and the public had become indifferent to them already. Police in Hong Kong also became more skilled at “sly tricks” to deal with the protesters, the report quoted her as saying.

Kam said some protesters wanted to learn from the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan and occupy the legislature, but we don’t think Macau society will accept this kind of action.

For example, bill critic and democratic lawmaker Au Kam-san stepped in and used his body to deflect a water bottle thrown at another legislator’s car as 7,500 people rallied outside the legislative building on May 27.

Macau Conscience, comprising mainly residents born in the 80s and 90s, plans a gathering Saturday to promote a more democratic regime in the city.

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