Date
25 September 2017
Student groups are examining their options following the police clearance action at the main pro-democracy protest site in Admiralty district. Photo: Bloomberg
Student groups are examining their options following the police clearance action at the main pro-democracy protest site in Admiralty district. Photo: Bloomberg

Students vow to pursue fight but have no immediate plans

Student groups have vowed to continue their democracy campaign in other ways following the police clearance action at Admiralty on Thursday. However, as of now there is no concrete plan.

Oscar Lai, a spokesman for Scholarism, one of the student groups behind the Occupy campaign, said the group has no plan to launch any further action at the moment. An internal meeting will be held within a week to discuss the future course of action, he said, according to Ming Pao Daily.

It is possible that students may restart occupation after a planned rally on January 1, he said. However, no final decision has been made yet, Lai said, adding that he is also not certain if the rally will be held by the pan-democratic camp. Many activists will have to report themselves to the court in January, he noted.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), which has been the other group behind the Occupy movement, also said it will not make any move in the short term, nor will it call on citizens to re-occupy the streets.

Lester Shum, deputy secretary general of HKFS, said on Thursday that disputes over political reform will not go away just because of the street clearance, and that their fight will continue.

Speaking to reporters while visiting a police station to meet arrested actvists, Shum said HKFS’ next moves may include “surprise attacks” on government officials during the second stage of public consultation on the political reform plan. Or, the group could launch mass protests when the Legislative Council begins to vote on the plan, in order to force legislators to veto it.

In other comments, he said room for discussions with authorities will be limited if the government sticks to Beijing’s decision on the framework for the 2017 chief executive election.

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