The fight for genuine universal suffrage is spilling over into Victoria Park where pro-democracy students and political parties plan to sell items carrying the message of their protest movement in the 2015 Lunar New Year Fair, Apple Daily reports.
A third year social science student from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University surnamed Wong said he plans to sell products with the yellow umbrella motif as souvenirs of the ongoing Umbrella Revolution.
He won the rights to a stall at the fair after bidding HK$34,000 (US$4,390) at an auction on Tuesday.
Other students plan to sell items with socially relevant themes, and said they don’t expect anti-Occupy elements to come and mess up their booths. “After all, everyone wants democracy,” one student said.
The Democratic Party, which secured two adjoining stalls for HK$70,500, plans to sell T-shirts and other items critical of Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying.
Lam Cheuk-ting, the party’s chief executive, said CY Leung is quite unpopular, based on the latest public opinion surveys, so anti-CY Leung items are expected to be big sellers.
Lam said the reserve prices for the stalls are reasonable, adding that he doesn’t think the turnout at the fair will be affected by the Occupy campaign.
However, a man surnamed Lau, who was able to secure two adjoining stalls for HK$63,200, expects a 30 percent drop in revenues because of the protests. He said he has been joining the fair for the past 10 years.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China won two adjoining stalls for HK$95,500, a sharp increase from the HK$54,700 it paid last year for the same space.
The pro-democracy group plans to sell souvenir items commemorating the June 4, 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square student movement. It will be offering USBs, T-shirts and Goddess of Democracy statuettes.
The average bid price for the dry goods stalls on Tuesday was HK$34,096, with the successful bids ranging from HK$24,200 to HK$101,000. The highest bid was about eight times the opening price of HK$12,550.
An auction for the remaining 74 dry goods stalls will be held on Wednesday.
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