Date
19 September 2017
Civil Human Rights Front convenor Daisy Chan (with microphone) addresses the marchers. Hundreds took part in the march on Sunday to demand true democracy. Photo: Facebook
Civil Human Rights Front convenor Daisy Chan (with microphone) addresses the marchers. Hundreds took part in the march on Sunday to demand true democracy. Photo: Facebook

Hundreds march on Beijing liaison office

Hundreds of democracy supporters turned out for a protest march organized by the Civil Human Rights Front Sunday to demand genuine universal suffrage.

The march, which drew an estimated 1,000 protesters, began in Central and ended in Beijing’s liaison office in Western district, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Along the way, they were met by a small group of pro-establishment supporters belonging to Loving HK Power who taunted them.

The group’s leader, Fu Chun-chung, called for an end to the street occupation by democracy protesters and urged them to surrender to the police.

After tying yellow ribbons to the entrance of the liaison office building, the marchers left peacefully.

Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung hurled a yellow umbrella into the premises.

But some members of the League of Social Democrats were stopped by the police when they tried to scatter spirit money.

The marchers were headed by Alex Chow, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), and Joshua Wong, leader of student group Scholarism.

They shouted slogans demanding universal suffrage with no pre-screening of candidates by a Beijing loyalist panel and threatening further civil disobedience.

Civil Human Rights Front convenor Daisy Chan criticized Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for not relaying the democratic aspirations of Hong Kong people to Beijing.

Chan said they want direct talks with the central government as Leung is simply not moved by the protests, which entered a seventh week.

A protest leader said HKFS should use a local intermediary to arrange a meeting with officials in Beijing.

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