2015年4月17日 星期五

POST OCCUPY CENTRAL - DAY 122 (16-04-2015)

Occupy Central

Occupy Central is a civil disobedience movement which began in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. It calls on thousands of protesters to block roads and paralyse Hong Kong's financial district if the Beijing and Hong Kong governments do not agree to implement universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017 and the Legislative Council elections in 2020 according to "international standards." The movement was initiated by Benny Tai Yiu-ting (戴耀), an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, in January 2013.

Umbrella Movement

The Umbrella Movement (Chinese: 雨傘運動; pinyin: yǔsǎn yùndòng) is a loose political movement that was created spontaneously during the Hong Kong protests of 2014. Its name derives from the recognition of the umbrella as a symbol of defiance and resistance against the Hong Kong government, and the united grass-roots objection to the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) of 31 August.

The movement consists of individuals numbering in the tens of thousands who participated in the protests that began on 28 September 2014, although Scholarism, the Hong Kong Federation of Students, Occupy Central with Love and Peace,  groups are principally driving the demands for the rescission of the NPCSC decision.

Occupy Central site in Causeway Bay was cleared as police moved in  ...


Full coverage of the day’s events on 16-04


Lam to tell Beijing of pan-dem wishes

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has promised to relay the hopes of pan-democrats to have a meeting with central government officials on political reforms, according to a lawmaker.

That was the word from Frederick Fung Kin- kee of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood who met with the chief secretary yesterday morning.

Lam also reiterated that Beijing will not change its decision on the reforms, which are based on the National People's Congress Standing Committee's August 31 decision, Fung said.

For his part, Fung seemed to have adopted a softer stance, saying: "I realize the central government has been hugely concerned about the matter of implementing universal suffrage with national security.

"As Beijing has huge concerns, it is quite difficult for us [pan-democrats] to fight for genuine universal suffrage. I think we could directly discuss with Beijing officials on this matter and analyze it together."

He warned that if Beijing did not address the strong aspirations on universal suffrage, political bickering in Hong Kong will be "endless."

Apart from Fung, Lam also met with education-sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, who is in the pan-democrat camp, and the Liberal Party's Chung Kwok-pan.

Lam will unveil the political reform proposal on Wednesday as well as the results of the public consultation exercise.

Ip said he will vote against the reform proposal if it is based on the August 31 framework.

Chung said Lam told him that the government will not consider the Liberal Party's proposal to add more subsectors to the Nominating Committee at this stage.

Alan Leong Kah-kit of the Civic Party criticized Beijing for "using the excuse of safeguarding national security to go against its pledge to implement genuine universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election."

Meanwhile, Robert Chung Ting-yiu of the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme said there are plans to cooperate with two other universities on a mass poll before Legco votes on political reform in the summer. Chung will give details before Wednesday.

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Hong Kong protester 'beaten by police' slams case delay

A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester apparently assaulted by police – in abeating captured on video – slammed the authorities Friday for failing to charge his attackers and demanded they are officially identified.
It is six months since the attack on Civic Party activist Ken Tsang, footage of which was beamed around the world at the height of mass protests for free leadership elections in Hong Kong.
But little progress has been made in the case, which rocked the reputation of the normally respected police force.
Tsang's lawyers appeared in court Friday to apply for a judicial review, which would ask for the officers' names to be disclosed to Tsang and allow him to pursue the case privately, they said.
A public investigation is ongoing after police arrested seven officers for "assault occasioning actual bodily harm" in November.
A spokesman told AFP they remain suspended from duty. They are yet to be charged.
"A private prosecution is our last resort," Tsang told AFP ahead of the hearing.
"It's difficult to understand why the police still need more time for their investigation.
"The whole process didn't treat me like a victim, but like a criminal. I'm just left asking 'why'?"
Video footage aired by local television network TVB showed a group of plainclothes officers hauling a handcuffed Tsang to a dark corner in a protest-hit public park in the early hours of October 15 last year.
One officer stands over him and punches him, as three others are seen repeatedly kicking him.
Tsang's lawyer Gerard McCoy questioned why the case had taken so long in court Friday.
"If one reversed the situation and seven demonstrators had beaten up a police officer and were caught on film, is it vaguely probable that after six months they would not have been facing justice?" he asked.
Department of Justice counsel Johnny Mok said that police were still working on the identification issue and that they wanted Tsang to help them.
But McCoy said that Tsang had been held "face down by the police officers" and any identification procedure six months on could harm his case.
It was "strikingly obvious" who the attackers were, given the visual footage, he said.
Tsang has identified two officers – who he says were from the same group – involved in a later alleged assault at a police station after he was detained that night.
Those officers refused to stand up or open their eyes during the identification procedure, McCoy said.
"We feel extremely angry and upset about the delay," Tsang said after the hearing.
"It's not just my case, it's about civic rights of Hong Kong citizens.
"We're looking for justice."
Mok argued that it was not appropriate for Tsang's case to be dealt with through judicial review proceedings.
Judge Thomas Au retired to consider whether to give leave for the review to go ahead, without giving a date for the next hearing.

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