Date
18 December 2017
Occupy Central's Benny Tai says his group will allow the government to respond to the civil referendum before deciding on further action. Photo: Reuters
Occupy Central's Benny Tai says his group will allow the government to respond to the civil referendum before deciding on further action. Photo: Reuters

Occupy Central to wait and watch govt response to vote

The overwhelming response to the ongoing civil referendum on electoral reforms in Hong Kong has certainly sent a strong message to the central government, said Benny Tai, one of the founders of the Occupy Central protest movement.

Tai called on those who voted in the mock referendum to participate in the July 1 rally to highlight their strong desire for genuine universal suffrage, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

However, he ruled out the possibility of launching Occupy Central as a society-wide disobedience movement on July 1, saying the timing is not appropriate. Tai and fellow founder Chan Kin-man feel that as the voting in the mock referendum will only end on June 29, the government should be given time to respond to the voting results, which will be announced on June 30.

Fifteen-year-old Joshua Wong Chi-fung, co-founder of the student group Scholarism, said in a radio interview on Monday that July 1 might not be a good time to occupy the Central district. He also said the location could be changed to government headquarters or the central government’s Liaison Office in the city.

Chow Wing-hong, general secretary of Hong Kong Federation of Students, said if the government decides to turn a blind eye to the voting results, it will be time for some action though it need not be on July 1.

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