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Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:30

Petition against 'Occupy' begins

By Kahon Chan in Hong Kong
 Petition against 'Occupy' begins
Passers-by sign to support the "Sign for Peace and Democracy Movement" in Central on July 19, 2014. The anti-Occupy petition will last for one month. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy is to launch a city-wide month-long petition at 335 locations on Saturday to express their opposition to the "Occupy Central" campaign.

About 1,110 organizations, including the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) and the New People Party, and over 700 individuals, were named as backers of the petition at a Friday press conference.

Alliance co-founder Robert Chow Yung said the response from the community had been overwhelmingly supportive. "The 'Occupy Central' campaign has aroused public anger," he told reporters.

The other two co-founders, Irons Sze Wing-wai and Stanley Ng Chau-pei, also said they had experienced a great deal of public interest in the petition in recent days.

Sze, president of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association, said the response from his friends had been surprisingly enthusiastic. This showed that both employees and employers were concerned about the possibility of violence erupting in the city.

Altogether 335 ad hoc collection points for the petition will be set up at roadside locations. This will only be done during weekends up until Aug 17.

About 20 "flagship" points, most of them union offices and training centers, will remain open throughout the week.
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