18 August 2019

Protesters to take fight to Beijing liaison office

Civil Human Rights Front is organizing a protest on Sunday to press the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, to withdraw its proposed political reform framework for Hong Kong.

Student activist group Scholarism, the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and several pro-democracy political groups will join the protest.

The protesters will march from Chater Garden in Central to Beijing’s liaison office a few blocks away and ask to speak with an official representative, according to media reports.

Chan Shu-fai, one of the organizers, said the group is not seeking to expand the occupation of roads leading to the main busines and financial district and is hoping the march will come off smoothly. The police have been informed, he said.

About 500 people are expected to participate. 

HKFS spokesman Lester Shum said the march is in response to the failure of the Hong Kong government to address the protesters’ demands.

Other organizations said they doubt the Hong Kong government will reflect their wishes to the authorities in Beijing.

They said the proposed election framework, which gives Beijing control of the nomination process for the 2017 chief executive election, has deepened Hong Kong’s disturst of the mainland.

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