About a dozen civil rights activists in Shanghai have openly voiced their support for the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, Weiquanwang website reported.
The activists gathered in People’s Park in downtown Shanghai Wednesday morning, holding banners that read: “Shanghai people support Hong Kong citizens’ demand for universal suffrage”, the report said.
Li Xiaoling, a human rights activist from Guangzhou, was warned by local police not to participate in the Occupy Central protest to be held in Hong Kong, the report said.
Hong Kong’s Civil Human Rights Front plans to hold a rally at Chater Road in the city’s Central financial district on October 1, and organizers of the Occupy Central movement have hinted that they too will launch a sit-in protest during China’s National Day holiday.
Benny Tai, one of the co-founders of the Occupy Central group, said earlier that he expects over 10,000 people to take part in the civil disobedience movement. However, the number of people who will stay for the overnight sit-in might be much smaller, he said.
The protest might last for two days as Chater road has already been marked as a pedestrian zone from 7am to midnight on both October 1 and 2, which are public holidays in Hong Kong, RTHK reported.
Authorities may deploy more than 7,000 police officers to deal with the crowds, the report said.
Frontline police officers may need to work longer hours, according to some sources. The police had dispatched 5,000 police officers during the last such event.
It is expected that the police will clear the crowds by early morning on October 3 to ensure smooth traffic for normal business on that day, the report said.
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