Date
26 September 2017
Joshua Wong (center), convenor of Scholarism, says the sit-in protests on July 1 will be peaceful. Photo: RTHK
Joshua Wong (center), convenor of Scholarism, says the sit-in protests on July 1 will be peaceful. Photo: RTHK

Student groups to stage sit-in protest after July 1 march

Two student groups plan to hold overnight sit-in protests in Central and Admiralty after joining the July 1 march, to press their demand for civil nomination of the candidates to the 2017 chief executive election, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.

Leaders of the Federation of Students and Scholarism said they will occupy Chater Road in Central and the area outside the Chief Executive’s Office in Admiralty, until 8 am on Wednesday. They will urge Chief Executive Leung Chun-yin to respond to the results of the unofficial referendum on political reform, the report said. 

Alex Chow, the federation’s secretary-general, said pro-democracy groups should raise the level of the annual July 1 march to put more pressure on the government. 

As the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress is set to decide on the first consultation report on electoral reform in August, Tuesday is the right time to protest, Chow said.

The sit-in protests will end before 9 am so as not to affect normal business operations in Central, he added.

Joshua Wong, convenor of Scholarism, said the sit-in protests would be peaceful and all participants would avoid clashes with police.

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