Occupy Central and the Hong Kong China Daily edition

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In the past few weeks China has stated that they intend to call out the PRC army if “Occupy Central” in Hong Kong for the one day demonstration for universal suffrage and one person one vote takes place next summer in Hong Kong.

Last week PRC officials publicly stated to the media in Hong Kong that the leaders of Occupy Central are practicing subversion and should be arrested.  These are serious threats.

And this week the PRC and Hong Kong government officials are stating publicly that by Hong Kong law no avenue exists for one person one vote and that the Hong Kong law for universal suffarage is subjected to the mainland PRC law.

Things are heating up and the lines are being drawn…

My take on Occupy Central is that hundred of thousands if not millions will converge next summer on the area of Hong Kong known as Central.  This is a very small area of Hong Kong taking about 20 minutes to walk from end to endu.  It is also not the only area of business in Hong Kong as portrayed by opponents of the possible demonstration.  The area is made up mostly of offices for companies doing business in China, Solicitors offices and high class luxury retail shops so it only natural that many of the businesses of that area do not support freedoms for people that go against the PRC viewpoints.  The majority of people taking part in the walkabout are legal residents of Hong Kong and in unity show of support for a movement that they believe in and is correct for themselves and their children’s future.  Most also know what they think they should have for themselves and their children exist in many nations around the world as opposed to what they see firsthand exists in mainland China.No doubt banners will be displayed by some and shouting their feelings, waving their arms and even displaying flags from other nations.  All this is lawful and covered by an understanding of proper human rights internationally and in the Basic Law of Rights for the people of Hong Kong.  The police should intervene only if a person physically attacks another person.  The legal voice of the public acting peacefully should not and must not be stopped.

I have included below a view put out by the Peoples Daily in Hong Kong an official publication of the the PRC.

Totally reject ‘Occupy’

The characteristics of terrorism are to apply political pressure by attacking civilians and destroying public order. The “Occupy Central” campaign directly targets the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district and isintended to paralyze Central by blocking traffic in the area. The daily life of hundreds of thousands of innocent local residents will be turned upside down while businesses will suffer heavy losses, hurting Hong Kong’seconomy and reputation with dire consequences. “Occupy Central” is illegal and shares the characteristics of terrorism by targeting innocent civilians and Hong Kong’s economy to create political pressure. Terrorism iscondemned around the world, which is why members of the public here should see the true nature of “Occupy Central” as a blatant assault on the rule of law and reject it categorically.

“Occupy Central” is illegal in terms of means as well as ends. Articles 9 and 10 of the Crimes Ordinance stipulate that any act intended to incite Hong Kong residents to change lawful things by illegal means or encourage them to disobey or violate laws constitutes “a crime of subversion”. “Occupy Central” openly urges residents to participate in illegal blocking of traffic and overturn the legal procedure concerning universal suffrage. It obviously violates relevant law and ordinance.

The mastermind and advocates of “Occupy Central” have made it no secret that the campaign will be more destructive than anything people have experienced before by directly hurting the public and Hong Kong’s economy”like a nuclear bomb”. The busy central business district in Hong Kong Central sees more than 500,000 vehicle/visits a day on average. When “Occupy Central” blocks traffic in Central not only will the district be paralyzed but hundreds of thousands of people who live and/or work there will be victimized as well. An academic researcher estimates that “Occupy Central” can cost Hong Kong HK$1.6 billion a day and the total damage can easily exceed HK$10 billion, which does not include the economic, physical and psychological cost of violence and even bloodshed the advocates have cheerfully admitted that “Occupy Central” may trigger.

The author is a current affairs commentator. This is an excerpted translation of his article published in Hong Kong Commercial Daily on May 20, 2013

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