Date
21 August 2017
A woman tends an organic garden at a pro-democracy protest site in Admiralty. Photo: AFP
A woman tends an organic garden at a pro-democracy protest site in Admiralty. Photo: AFP

Protesters ready to fight on for a year: poll

Nearly nine out of 10 activists in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement say they are ready to stay on the streets for more than a year to pursue their demand for genuine universal suffrage in the city, according to an informal Reuters survey.

The straw poll, conducted at two major protest sites on Tuesday, shows that 87 percent said they were willing to continue with the campaign for more than a year, while 93 percent said that even if police forcibly cleared their protest sites, they would regroup to launch fresh street occupations elsewhere, the news agency reported.

About 55 percent of the respondents said they did not want an independent Hong Kong unshackled from Chinese rule, versus 45 percent who did.

As to their major motivation for joining the protests, 59 percent of the 121 respondents to Reuters’ printed survey cited China’s increasing control in Hong Kong, while 38 percent cited wealth inequality.

Asked who they would vote for if Beijing allowed public nomination of candidates for the 2017 chief executive election, 73 percent said they would opt for the best candidate, while around 20 percent said they would definitely vote for a democrat.

[Umbrella Movement] One month on, the Occupy protesters remain clear about their goal, as they were on the first day of the campaign. How will things develop? 

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