Date
19 September 2017
Pro-democracy activists want all runners to have the slogan “I want genuine universal suffrage” printed on their jerseys. Photos: AFP, Facebook
Pro-democracy activists want all runners to have the slogan “I want genuine universal suffrage” printed on their jerseys. Photos: AFP, Facebook

Occupy activists vow to make presence felt at Hong Kong Marathon

Although the Occupy campaign ended in December, pro-democracy activists continue to seek new ways to pursue their struggle.

For them, a golden opportunity has presented itself with the holding of the annual Hong Kong Marathon this Sunday. Activists hope to use the event to spread the Occupy slogan “I want genuine universal suffrage”.

A group of volunteers has been providing transfer printing services at the old Occupy site in Admiralty since Wednesday to runners who want to have the slogan emblazoned on their jerseys, Ming Pao Daily reported. 

William Ko, chairman of the organizing committee for the marathon, said there is no dress code for runners.

Runners will be allowed to hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy protests, or do selfies with their smartphones as long as their actions do not disrupt the marathon or lead to conflict with those who don’t agree with their cause, he said.

“If runners are suspected of obstructing others and don’t heed the instructions and warnings of the event staff, the police may get involved,” Ko said.

Amid rumors that activists plan to boo Police Commissioner Andy Tsang and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam who will attend the marathon, Ko urged the public to keep politics out of the sporting event.

The annual running event started in 1997 with Standard Chartered Bank as the sponsor.

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