Date
18 December 2017
Eason Chung (extreme left), Nathan Law (middle) and Alex Chow (extreme right) plan to fly to Beijing tomorrow to take their pro-democracy protest directly to mainland leaders. Photo: CNSA
Eason Chung (extreme left), Nathan Law (middle) and Alex Chow (extreme right) plan to fly to Beijing tomorrow to take their pro-democracy protest directly to mainland leaders. Photo: CNSA

HKFS leaders to travel to Beijing Saturday; ‘ready for arrest’

Three representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) plan to travel to Beijing on Saturday in a bid to put forward their political reform proposals directly to senior mainland officials.

The group will be led by the federation’s secretary general Alex Chow, who will seek an audience with Premier Li Keqiang, members of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee and other top officials to convey Kong Kong citizens’ desire for true democracy, the student body said.

However, it is not certain if the group will be allowed entry. Chow said he and his colleagues are taking a chance, and that they are prepared for possible detention at Beijing airport when they arrive, Ming Pao Daily reported. 

The other members in the planned delegation are Nathan Law and Eason Chung.

Meanwhile, the student body will on Friday hand out yellow cloths bearing the message “I want genuine universal suffrage” to visitors to the occupied zones in Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay. People can write their own messages, which the student leaders will carry along to Beijing.

Chow said their visit to Beijing is pretty straight forward and that there is no reason why they should be denied entry if Beijing wants to hear Hong Kong’s true voice.

He said the trip has become necessary due to the inaction of the Hong Kong government, and can be seen as a protest.

The trio will, however, cancel the trip if the Hong Kong police try to clear the Occupy sites beforehand. Chow said they will stay in the city if there is a street clearance drive, and that they would be prepared to get arrested.

If they do go to Beijing, the trio will mostly likely be stopped at the airport and sent back to Hong Kong, according to a middleman who had earlier helped facilitate talks between the student leaders and Hong Kong government, Ming Pao reported.

Beijing has already sent a clear message that it will shut the door to HKFS, he was quoted as saying.

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