» 01/03/2014, 00.00
'Occupy Central' chooses Rev Chu Yiu-ming as its new leader
A veteran human rights activist, the Baptist minister is known for helping protesters escape following the massacre in Tiananmen Square. He was chosen because of his many connections with groups who want real democracy for the Territory by 2017.
(AsiaNews) - Meant to put pressure on the Hong Kong government to obtain democracy
in the territory through peaceful protests, the 'Occupy Central' campaign has now
a new a leader, Rev Chu Yiu-ming. In the next two
weeks, the group, which has tens of thousands of supporters, will set up a task
force to organise activities to achieve universal suffrage in the former
Rev Chu himself made
public the move to appoint him as leader. He said two other leading organisers
of the civil disobedience movement, Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Dr Chan Kin-man,
wanted him "to take up" the role. The other strong candidate was Labour
Party President Lee Cheuk-yan. However, "I have more connections with
different activist groups, and experience in large-scale social campaigns,"
minister is a well-known human rights activist in both Hong Kong and mainland
China. He is known for having helped several protesters who fled the mainland
following the Tiananmen Square massacre of 4 June 1989.
comes after 'Occupy Central' conducted a large survey involving 62,000 people. Poll
results indicate that 94 per cent want the public have a say in nominating
candidates, whilst 91 per cent voted against a "filter" mechanism to
ensure the candidates were acceptable to Beijing.
Church has backed these requests. In July 2013, the Hong Kong diocese issued an
urgent appeal "to the government and all stakeholders" calling
on the authorities not to delay the debate over "one person, one
"should enter into force in time for the election of the new Chief
Executive", scheduled for 2017. Otherwise, in the light of the Social
Doctrine of the Church and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the
population has the right to engage in peaceful and non-violent civil
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Hong Kong, no more occupied site. Catholics "will keep the fight for democracy"
The Occupy Movement's last occupied site of Causeway Bay, a business and shopping district, was cleared by police today. Yesterday PIME fr. Franco Mella presided the Mass: "Don't be upset. We should have hope, like John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus Christ".
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