Date
31 March 2017
Martin Lee is urging Hong Kong people to pursue the fight for genuine universal suffrage. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg
Martin Lee is urging Hong Kong people to pursue the fight for genuine universal suffrage. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg

Martin Lee, pan-democrats urge massive turnout for July 1 march

Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming has called on Hong Kong people to join the July 1 protest to demand a relaunch of the political reform process after lawmakers vetoed the Beijing-backed proposal for the 2017 chief executive election, Apple Daily reported on Monday.

Lee said a huge turnout will exert pressure on the government to restart the process.

Echoing Lee’s call, Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said the public should participate in the march to show Beijing that Hong Kong people will not give up their fight for genuine universal suffrage.

According to the Civil Human Rights Front, around 100,000 people are expected to turn up for the march.

Lee said fighting for genuine universal suffrage has been the theme of each year’s July 1 march.

With that objective yet to be achieved, people should come out on Wednesday to pursue the fight, he said.

Lee noted that there are still two years before 2017, giving the government enough time to table another political reform proposal that would either ignore election framework issued by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Aug. 31, 2014, or at least offer a higher degree of democracy.

Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said the July 1 march, aside from seeking to restart the electoral reform process, will also raise other issues, including high property prices and the overloading of the public health system.

Executive Council convenor Lam Woon-kwong said on Sunday he does not see any chance for the the electoral reform process to be restarted within the foreseeable future.

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