» 06/09/2014, 00.00
HONG KONG - CHINA
Card Zen on 84 hour march for democracy referendum in Hong Kong
The Referendum (unofficial) will be held on 20-22 June. Catholic groups will accompany Card. Zen. March made even more difficult by soaring seasonal temperatures. Support of Card. Tong. Zhou Nan, former Xinhua director, calls for Chinese military intervention to prevent Occupy Central proclaiming the territory’s independence.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, Card. Joseph Zen
has decided to march for 84 hours around the territory in an attempt to harness
citizens' participation in an unofficial referendum that calls for full
democracy in Hong Kong and universal suffrage for the election of governor in
The referendum was proposed by Occupy
Central, a civil disobedience movement, which has occupied an area of the
City, close to the Houses of Parliament and the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank
The referendum aims to prove that the majority of the population of the
former colony want a real democracy and will be held June 20 to 22. At present
only half of Hong Kong's parliament is elected by popular ballot; The governor
is elected by a committee dominated by Beijing. Years ago, Beijing had promised
that "maybe" in 2017 full democracy would be implemented for Hong Kong,
but at the moment all reform appear frozen, although the Basic Law (Hong Kong's
mini-constitution, signed by Beijing) allows for the discussion of full
democracy from 2007.
in the Catholic paper Kung Kao Po said that starting from Saturday, Card.
Zen would embark on a seven-day campaign to march in most of the city's 18
districts in order to call for Hongkongers to vote in the
"referendum". Zen is expected to walk for about 12 hours and cover
20km a day. Catholic groups have agreed to accompany him. The march will be very difficult
mainly because the cardinal is now 82 and current temperatures in Hong Kong are about 32 degrees Celsius, with very
high levels of humidity.
The struggle for democracy in the region is also supported by the other
cardinal, John Tong, the current bishop of Hong Kong, even if more discreetly.
In an article in Kung Kaopo (May 26), he states that a democratic system of
government is a necessary condition for the well-being of Hong Kong's
population. He hopes that with a genuine dialogue, a system for the nomination
of candidates and the Chief Executive based on effective democratic mechanisms
can be established. For Card. Tong, the referendum "can give concrete
expression to public opinion."
The strong demand for a plan for democratic elections in 2017 has however, aroused
the wrath of Zhou Nan, former director of the Xinhua office in Hong Kong. In
recent days he has accused "anti-China forces" of using the Occupy Central movement £to
try to seize control of Hong Kong's administration and that the Chinese army
would step in if riots were to occur in the city.
Yesterday, Zhou Nan received an indirect reply from the Secretary for
Justice, Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, who said that "the police [Hong Kong] are
capable of managing any activities that might damage law and order "and
that there is no need to call in the Chinese army.
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