Date
19 August 2017
Half of the respondents in a survey of protesters say restarting the political reform process is the most important factor in ending their protest.  Photo: Reuters
Half of the respondents in a survey of protesters say restarting the political reform process is the most important factor in ending their protest. Photo: Reuters

Survey: Most protesters will stay until demands are met

As a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong continues, the question for many is how far it will go.

Most protesters will stay as long as necessary until their demands are met, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday, citing its own survey.   

The survey, conducted on Thursday, polled 330 demonstrators in Admiralty, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, where the main streets have been occupied by protesters since Sunday.  

Seven in 10 said they will not leave if the government continues to ignore their demands but 13.2 percent said they plan to end their protest on Thursday.

More than eight in 10 said they want the demonstrators to negotiate with the government.

Half of the respondents consider restarting the political reform process as the most important prerequisite for ending the protest.

Nearly 15 percent said the government or the police should apologize for using tear gas and pepper spray on the protesters.

One in 10 wants Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign.

Also among their top demands are the right to nominate candidates for the 2017 chief executive election and direct election under genuine universal suffrage.

Ivan Choy, a senior lecturer in government and public administration in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said he is not surprised by the survey results.

Most of the protesters have strong feelings about the movement and are determined to express them, Choy was quoted as saying.

Choy said things will change when the protest drags on and fatigue sets in.

He said the solution is dialogue, adding it will not be easy to get the government to compromise.

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