A pro-Beijing alliance plans to launch a signature campaign to oppose the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, Ming Pao Daily reported on Friday.
The group, called Safeguard Suffrage for Chief Executive, Oppose Occupy Central Movement, aims to collect 800,000 signatures within three weeks in a bid to show that Hong Kong people are against violence and illegal means to pursue political demands.
The campaign is apparently aimed at surpassing the massive turnout for Occupy Central’s unofficial referendum that pressed for public nomination of the candidates to the 2017 chief executive election.
Safeguard Suffrage is composed of more than 30 associations including the Silent Majority, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of the business and labor sectors.
Ng Chau-pei, chairman of pro-establishment Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, said many workers oppose the civil disobedience movement because it would hurt the economy and affect their jobs.
Silent Majority leader Robert Chow urged the public to speak out against Occupy Central, whose actions he said would hurt the city’s image as a peaceful and law-abiding community.
The signature drive will start on July 28 for those participating online and on Aug. 2 for the walk-in crowd. It will end on Aug. 17. All Hong Kong residents, even those below 18 years old or not a permanent resident, can join the campaign, organizers said.
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