NEWS + ANALYSIS
KELLIE WONG

NEWS + ANALYSIS

OCCUPY CENTRAL: PLACING HONG KONG AT RISK?

June 28, 2014 | by Kellie Wong

Hong Kong’s chief executive officer is currently chosen by a 1,200-member election committee consisting of individuals and groups, which are increasingly pro-Beijing. The Chinese central government has promised universal suffrage in the next elections, in 2017, raising much hope among Hong Kong’s people. In March 2013, Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee under the Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee, defied this, however, by stating that candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive must oppose confrontation with the central government. Three days later Tai and fellow organizers officially announced the Occupy Central movement with early estimates predicting that at least 10,000 citizens will join the protest.

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