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New Year's Day Rally; Disunity in the Pro-Beijing Camp; The Peninsula Hotel's 85th (03 Jan 2014)

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While some people may have been nursing hangovers on New Year’s Day, others were out marching in the hope of seeing universal suffrage in Hong Kong sometime in the foreseeable future. The New Year’s Day Rally was co-organised by The Civil Human Rights Front and the Alliance for True Democracy. Protesters marched for a variety of causes but the central theme was the desire for genuine universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election. Organisers estimated that around 30,000 people took part, much fewer than the 130,000 they estimated did so last year. At the same time, on the other side of Victoria Park, there was a long queue for a polling station for the "New Year Civil Referendum". The secretariat of the “Occupy Central with Love and Peace” campaign had asked the Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong (POP) and the Centre for Social Policy Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (CSPS) to create such a platform for the people to express their views on the principles of CE Election. Earlier this week, Lau Siu-kai, former head of the Central Policy Unit, and current vice president of the National Association of Study on Hong Kong and Macau, surprised some by saying that disunity within the pro-establishment camp is responsible for the administration’s current difficulties. That’s a problem or series of problems, generally laid at the feet of the pro-democrats. The Pulse asked China watcher Ching Cheong whether the "united front" is perhaps not so united after all. In December last year, one of Hong Kong’s venerable institutions celebrated its 85th anniversary. It’s been a home to glittering Hollywood movie stars, a weekly tradition for some of Hong Kong’s most well-healed families, and, at one point in history, was even a much-feared military headquarters. The Peninsula Hotel.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 3, 2014
Station: 
RTHK
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