The Civil Human Rights Front is organizing a protest march on Feb. 1 to press for true universal suffrage after the Hong Kong government launched a second round of public consultation on political reform, the Am730 newspaper reported Tuesday.
Around 50,000 people are expected to join, convener Daisy Chan said, and the group has applied for a rally permit.
The march will start at Victoria Park’s central lawn at around 2 p.m. and end at the pedestrian zone on Chater Road in Central, she said, adding that organizers expect the demonstration to end at midnight with no plans to extend it overnight.
The group will work closely with other political groups that may plan to stage a sit-in, Chan said.
She said the pro-democracy Occupy protests may have ended after 79 days, but the people’s pursuit of genuine universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election will continue.
Chan said she knows the protest cannot force the government to withdraw the political reform plan released by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, but there is a need to rally the people in the pro-democracy fight.
The organization has asked police to open three westbound lanes for the march, and the route will be discussed and finalized on Wednesday.
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