Retaliation Against Hong Kong July 1 March Organizers
Hong Kong’s Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) recently
launched a parade on July 1.
Millions of Hong Kong citizens took to the streets to express dissatisfaction with Beijing’s tightened control.
On July 4, the Hong Kong police arrested 5 CHRF members
on charges of obstructing police.
The public criticized the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s
manufacturing of terror for the purpose of political pressure.
The 511 arrested Occupy Central rehearsal protesters
have been released.
The public and community organizations have launched
a joint online campaign for the July 4 arrested protesters.
On the morning of July 4, dozens of CHRF members,
accompanied by Councilor Albert Ho, went to Wan Chai
police headquarters to protest the arrest of member
Chen Qianying and Master of Ceremonies Chen Xiaoping.
Later, CHRF convener Cherg-hsien Yang and parade Emcee
Hong Xiaoxian were arrested on charges of violating
a no-objection letter as well as hindering police.
The parade lead vehicle driver Cen Yonggen was arrested
on charges of idling.
CHRF issued a statement criticizing the Hong Kong
government’s lack of response to Hong Kongers
and the arrest of the parade organizer.
It’s an obvious political suppression to suppress
the fervent appeal by the people.
Cherg-hsien Yang said on Facebook and at the scene
that this was to create ‘a white terror.’
It’s rare for the police to arrest a parade organizer.
He believes this was to deter organizers
from planning a future parade.
Ching Cheong, Hong Kong senior commentator: “I think
they are preparing for the future Occupy Central.
This includes assessing the police presence.
I think it is a rehearsal.
From Beijing’s perspective, they are ready for everything
and the forces have done many city control exercises."
On July 3, 40 teachers from universities and colleges issued
a joint statement saying they are proud of the peaceful
Occupy Central rehearsal students.
The teachers called the CCP and the Special Administrative
Region (SAR) Government to confront students’ demands.
The people of Hong Kong and organizations also launched
joint signatory campaign to support arrested demonstrators.
One joint promoter, Associate Professor of the Chinese
University of Hong Kong Ma Ngok, said 5,000 people
signed including 300 scholars on the afternoon of July 3.
Ma Ngok: “I believe we should affirm the young students’
This peaceful and rational public welfare activity shows
However, on July 3, nearly 40 organizations established
a league of so-called ‘protect the general election’
and ‘anti-Occupy Central.’
They planned to hold a signature campaign in Hong Kong
at the end of July.
The purpose is to collect anti-Occupy Central signatures
and support for the 2017 general election.
Hong Kong Legislative Councilor Alan Leong Kah-kit:
“I think it’s a common practice of the Communist Party
to launch the masses to fight against the Occupy Central
We can get more people’s support at the scene as long as we
insist on peaceful protest with no fighting or shouting back."
Recently, the well known big four audit firms issued
a statement claiming the Occupy Central movement threatens
Hong Kong’s stability.
A few days later, their employees published newspaper ads
to proclaim “our boss’s stance does not represent ours."
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying participated
in the July 3rd Legislative Council.
The pan-democratic members held a genuine universal
suffrage card and collectively left their seats to protest.
They asked Mr Leung to respond to the July Parade
and universal suffrage issue.
Some councilors threw paper stars and glasses to Leung
Leung Chun-ying mentioned the July Parade and Occupy
Central rehearsal in answering Beijing councilor’s questions.
He criticized the rehearsal as unnecessary
and a waste of police manpower."
Alan Leong Kah-kit pointed out that Occupy Central
is a forced non-violent civil disobedience by citizens.
It is not the movement being demonized by some people.
Alan Leong Kah-kit: “They are very peaceful.
So if someone continues to discredit the Occupy Central
movement, they have no factual basis.
This time, the students showed everyone that the Occupy
Central can be very peaceful indeed."
The U.S. State Department responded to Hong Kong’s
The U.S. supports democracy in Hong Kong and will
continue dialogue with the Hong Kong people, it said.
The U.S. believes that the Chief Executive elected
by universal suffrage is legitimate.