Coy Occupy Central may have named the date, then again, maybe not. Keep October 1 free, just in case.

Coy Occupy Central may have named the date, then again, maybe not. Keep October 1 free, just in case.

You may or may not be invited to a democracy banquet with Occupy Central

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Occupy Central  organisers Chan Kin-man (R), Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, Benny Tai Yiu-ting (C), and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, march during a protest in Hong Kong on 14 September 2014
Occupy Central organisers Chan Kin-man (R), Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, Benny Tai Yiu-ting (C), and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, march during a protest in Hong Kong on 14 September 2014
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Occupy Central might finally have named the day for the start of their protest. 

In an article posted on his Facebook page, university professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting said, "On the day others celebrate our nation, we will hold a banquet for Hong Kong democracy in Central".

When asked if Tai’s words means Occupy Central will take place on October 1, Chan Kin-man, another key member of Occupy Central, told Young Post in a phone interview a few minutes ago that he cannot say.  “We are not ready to make any decisions yet at this point, there are still some legal issues that we need to sort out.  As for Tai’s essay, it is up to the public to interpret what he meant,” he says.  

"We welcome all those who support democracy and want to contribute to the objective to come, or even just to witness, you are also welcome," Tai wrote.

Beijing will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on October 1.

The date for the protest has been a mystery since Occupy Central was launched early last year.

Tai said in the article that last month’s decision by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee regarding the 2017 leadership election in Hong Kong triggered the latest development.

"The NPCSC’s 'gate-closing' decision confirms that what the Communist Party of China has always said about universal suffrage is actually a Chinese-style universal suffrage of preselected candidates.

"Following the first Occupy Central, Hong Kong’s democratic movement will enter a new era," Tai said.

The movement’s co-founder, Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, has applied to hold a rally in Central on October 1.

A weeklong school boycott is ongoing after thousands of university students rallied on Monday to express their discontent with the NPCSC decision, which was said to be legally binding and not subject to changes.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday following a failed attempt by protesting students to hand over a petition letter that he understands the students’ desire for a chief executive election with a one person, one vote system, but he did not answer the students' call for his presence at the boycott, now being held adjacent to his office.

"Having a one person, one vote election is definitely more democratic than having a 1,200-strong election committee electing a chief executive," Leung told the press before a weekly Cabinet meeting.

"The key thing is all proposals to implement universal suffrage to elect the chief executive in 2017 have to be within the framework of the Basic Law and also the relevant decisions of the NPCSC," he said.

The government will conduct a second-phase consultation on the political reform package before tabling it for a vote in the legislature early next year, but pro-democracy camp legislators have already vowed to veto any undemocratic bid.


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