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Thousands Join Anti-Occupy Central Rally in Hong Kong
   2014-08-17 18:40:33    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fu Yu

People gather at Victoria Park in Hong Kong to wait for the start of the anti-Occupy Central rally on August 17th, 2014. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Li Jing]

Thousands of people have joined anti-Occupy rally in Hong Kong despite hot weather to express their wish to realize universal suffrage in the election of the Chinese special administrative region's chief executive in 2017 in a peaceful way.

CRI's Hong Kong correspondent Li Jing has the story.


Tens of thousands have gathered in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a campaign that has threatened to shut down Hong Kong's financial district.

Participants from various groups say they are here to show their strong opposition against the Occupy Central movement.

"Occupy Central will affect the normal operation of our finance industry. Most financial activities take place in Central, which is the base of many headquarters of listed companies and stock exchanges. I don't want our commodities and stock trading disrupted. So My family and I come here voluntarily."

"Occupy Central will bring very negative impact to many aspects of Hong Kong's life, including economy and transportation. Most people in Hong Kong are patriotic and they love our city, the opposition just represents a small fraction of people."

Chan King Wai is the President of Hong Kong China Chamber of Commerce. He says more than 2 thousand group members are participating in the anti-Occupy rally.

"For the sake of Hong Kong's long term prosperity and stability, I would say more than 90 percent of Hong Kong people are against the Occupy Central movement. United as one, we are here to let the small group of people who are making troubles here know that we are against them. "

A number of Legislative Council members were also on hand to lend their support. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee is one of them.

"They are going too far in the drive for a so-called genuine universal suffrage by taking illegal means which will hurt Hong Kong's core interest. There is no such a thing as international standards in that sense. There are different modes in different places. It is misleading to talk about international standards. Hong Kong, as a special administrative region of China, has to abide by the Basic Law."

Earlier in the day, about 1500 participants joined a run throughout Hong Kong in solidarity with the anti-Occupy campaign.

Nearly 1.5 million signatures have been collected, including that of Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, since the launch of the anti-Occupy Central campaign last month.
The number is much higher than organizers' anticipation.

For CRI, this is Li Jing in Hong Kong.

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