» 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, thousands march for democracy on Chinese national holiday
A day not for celebration, but for "national sadness" for the "status of the rule of law in Hong Kong." The memory of the three young Occupy Central activists sentenced to months in jail by will of the city government. "Political persecution" also for co-founders of umbrella movement. Demonstrators call for the resignation of justice secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, branded Beijing’s "puppet".
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Hong Kong, petrol bomb attack on Jimmy Lai’s home and office
The communications tycoon, a Catholic, has actively supported the Occupy Central democratic demonstrations. His flagship newspaper has often attacked the Chinese central government as well as that of the Territory, considered overly subservient to Beijing. No damage and no injuries, police confirm arson.
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Hong Kong after the revolution
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Anti-government march in defense of localist parliamentarians. Beijing warns against "subversion"
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The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou
A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".
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Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong
Card. Joseph Zen
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time.
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