When long-time Hong Kong resident Roisin Rainey put her signature on a petition, she thought she was registering her opposition to the government’s election reform proposal.
As it turns out, the petition was in support of “take it first”, the official line that encourages Hong Kong people to accept the proposal and and see what can be done afterward.
The campaign was organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions.
Rainey, who has lived in Hong Kong for 30 years, walked from her Wan Chai flat to a nearby signature campaign desk and signed her name, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
She then faced a scrum of reporters who told her what she had signed up for.
Rainey quickly returned to the table and scratched her name. She also tore up a sticker given to her by campaign staff.
Rainey said she would “absolutely” not support the reform plan because it is against the Basic Law.
However, she said Hong Kong people should fight for genuine universal suffrage if they want it.
The government has been holding roadshows to promote the proposal which sets out the framework for the 2017 chief executive election.
The Beijing-backed formula calls for a 1,200-member committee to pre-screen candidates, a requirement that gives the central government effective control of the election process.
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