Date
24 August 2017
The Hong Kong government failed to handle the Occupy pro-democracy protests correctly, says the Civil Society Joint Action (inset) in a new study. Photo: HKEJ
The Hong Kong government failed to handle the Occupy pro-democracy protests correctly, says the Civil Society Joint Action (inset) in a new study. Photo: HKEJ

Govt mishandled Occupy movement, says new study

The Hong Kong government was deficient on four counts with regard to the handling of the Occupy pro-democracy movement last year, according to Civil Society Joint Action, a group founded by some academics and professionals.

A study conducted by the group concluded that the government failed to analyze the social situation correctly during the first phase of consultation on constitutional reform, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The consultation method in turn exacerbated the internal conflicts in society, it said. Meanwhile, the way the police handled the protests was questionable. 

The fourth “deficiency” pertains to moves by the administrative agencies, and Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying himself, toward signature campaigns that were full of political characteristics, the group said.

Robert Chung, director of public opinion program at the University of Hong Kong and the lead writer of the report, said the study is even more comprehensive than what the government came up with in a similar review after the Occupy movement.

The government has maintained an aggressive attitude in the wake of the movement, and has yet to show any reconciliation gestures to the public, Chung added.

The group urged the government to review its methods for the second round of consultation on political reform, in order to restore trust in the process.

Civil Society Joint Action will organize a forum later this month to enable a public discussion among political parties, academia and the youth.

Translation by Vey Wong

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