Organizers of an alliance opposing the Occupy Central movement expect more than 80,000 people to attend their march this Sunday, RTHK reported.
“We will distribute stickers to calculate the number of participants, but the figure will be released next Monday as it takes some time to count them,” Robert Chow Yung, spokesman for the alliance, was quoted as saying.
The group will release on Thursday the latest figure on the number of participants who signed up for the march, and Chow expects it to exceed 80,000.
Leung Kwan-yuen, chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, said those joining the march only want to protect the economy and people’s livelihood. It is a sentiment that is shared by the business and professional communities, he said.
“Implementing universal suffrage in a timely manner is the common wish of Beijing and the Hong Kong people,” Leung said.
He said the scheduled meetings between pan-democrats and head of Beijing’s Liaison Office starting this Friday is a sign that everyone is doing their best to find a solution on the issue of political reform that is in line with the Basic Law and acceptable to the public.
However, Occupy Central would pose a challenge to the core values of the city and undermine the business environment, he added.
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