A student group that staged a sit-in in Hong Kong’s Central district after the July 1 march is threatening to escalate a civil disobedience campaign if the government continues to ignore public opinion, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
Alex Chow, chairman of Hong Kong Federation of Students, said the sit-in protest in Chater Road, a key artery in Hong Kong’s business and financial center, was a success.
Police arrested 511 protesters after they refused to leave. All have been released, according to reports.
Chow accused the police of using unnecessary force during the arrests and said these will not deter the group from further action.
The group is planning another round of civil disobedience on July 9 when Chief Secretary Carrie Lam presents the first report on a public consultation on political reform to the Legislative Council.
Chow said his group will discuss ratcheting up the campaign with the Occupy Central protest movement if the government continues to ignore the result of a mock referendum on electoral reform.
The informal referendum drew nearly 800,000 voters, according to organizers.
Chow said the federation is considering a rally to coincide with next month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress which is expected to decide how Hong Kong’s next chief executive will be chosen.
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