Date
18 August 2017
Occupy Central leaders say their protests do not pose a threat to the rule of law in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ
Occupy Central leaders say their protests do not pose a threat to the rule of law in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

Occupy leaders, pan-democrats debate police surrender

The Occupy Central movement’s organizers are said to be looking to turn themselves in to the police even before the current campaign comes to an end, as they want to show to the public that they don’t have any intention of harming the rule of law in Hong Kong.

However, some lawmakers from the pan-democratic camp, as well as some people within the Occupy group itself, have expressed reservations about such move, saying that an early surrender will discourage the protesters that are camped out on the streets, according to Ming Pao Daily.

A meeting will be held on Sunday to discuss the issue, the report said. 

The Civic Party’s Audrey Eu is of the view that owning up legal responsibility constitutes compliance with the rule of law, so it is unnecessary to surrender. But the participants who don’t want to own up responsibility might be accused of breaking the rule of law.

Junius Ho, former president of the Law Society of Hong Kong, said the police have gathered enough evidence to make some arrests for illegal activities, and that those who refuse to turn themselves in would be shirking responsibility.

Ronny Tong from Civic Party expressed concern that citizens will fight for democracy by breaking the law.

Cyd Ho from the Labour Party and Kenneth Chan from the Civic Party are said to be among the persons that are seeking to surrender.

About 45 percent of the Occupy participants do not plan to turn themselves in, according to a survey conducted by Ming Pao Daily.

It quoted Chan Kin-man, one of the co-founders of Occupy Central, as saying that turning oneself in could offer assurance about protection of the rule of law in Hong Kong, but it is not the only route to take.

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