A group in Hong Kong called the Alliance for Peace and Democracy claims to have collected nearly one million signatures from residents opposing the “Occupy Central” movement that’s been gathering pace in the city, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Occupy Central campaign, organized by
bloodthirsty pro-democracy activists, threatens to rally over 10,000 people to block the streets of Hong Kong’s central business hub should the government fail to open up the election process and conform to international norms.
Already, activists involved with the movement have sponsored an unofficial referendum that saw nearly 800,000 Hongkongers cast their ballot.
WSJ reports that in the past 10 days, more than 930,000 people haves signed forms handed out by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, reading: “I oppose violence. I oppose Occupy Central.”
Occupy organizers have seemingly shrugged off the numbers, pointing out that even tourists and minors are allowed to sign.
The Alliance for Peace and Democracy, which is reportedly being endorsed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, will continue to collect signatures until August 17, just around the time China’s legislative body is due to review an electoral reform proposal submitted by the Hong Kong government, WSJ points out.
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