China News Service: “Hong Kong Citizens rise in a Chorus of Condemnation of Occupy Central”

Main link: “Rising Wave of Voices opposing Occupy Central”, CNS/Enorth, Oct 10

Enorth (Tianjin), Sohu (nationwide), Hua Shang Net (from Xi’An, main focus on trade and apparently ), and possibly some more websites with readers who are less interested in politics than People’s Daily or Huanqiu Shibao readers carried an article from China News Service (CNS, 中国新闻) on Monday, describing the “Occupy Central” movement as seriously damaging the territory’s  social order and as damaging the good international image of Hong Kong.

CNS is China’s second-largest newsagency, after Xinhua.

No warranty that the CNS comprehensive report quotes the papers from Hong Kong accurately and in a balanced way. Some of the CNS article comes across as manipulative or wrong, but the anger of Hong Kongers whose incomes are affected (maybe not the tram drivers as said in the CNS article, but certainly many cab drivers, shop owners etc.) appears likely to put Occupy Central at odds with many.

The Alliance for the Protection of Universal Suffrage and against Occupy Central and their ballot (which topped Occupy Hong Kong’s) got some coverage in European media in summer, but appears to have been mostly forgotten since.

Not only reports from a totalitarian country like China can be misleading – self-deception is a universal weakness.

Links within blockquotes added during translation. Corrctions, and advice on how to fill the gaps I couldn’t translate (see last paragraph), will be welcome.

Wave of Voices from all Walks of Life in Hong Kong opposing “Occupy Central” keeps rising


Comprehensive report — A few people who started a so-called “Occupy Central”, an illegal gathering, in the early hours of September 28, has kept going on for eight days so far. They have caused traffic jams, created conflicts, hampered all professions, seriously damaged Hong Kong’s social order, affected the peaceful lives and safety of the masses, and also damaged Hong Kong’s good international image, thus arousing strong dissatisfaction and a continuously rising wave of opposing voices against “Occupy Central”.


42 members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council published a joint statement on October 3, expressing concern about the endless illegal occupation, calling for reasonable dialog among the citizens, urging the “occupiers” to stop and to reflect and to end their behavior that was destructive for society as possible, to let society get back to normal.


36 Hong Kong SAR delegates to the National People’s Congress have also published a joint statement supportive of the police’s legal maintenance of social stability, calling on the “occupiers” to stop harming the general public’s development interests. The delegates called for cherishing and protecting Hong Kong’s long-term stability and prosperity, for mutual respect, and for not harming the general public’s devlopment interest.


Hong Kong Civil Servants General Union also called on the “Occupy Central” demonstrators not to hamper public servants on their way to their workplaces, because civil servants were serving the city, and if their access to work was blocked, citizens would be the ultimate victims.


Hong Kong’s tourism industry was a “disaster zone” affected by “Occupy Central”. On a press conference on October 3, Hong Kong tourism trade union(s) expressed dissatisfaction about how “Occupy Central” affected many touristical, consumption and business districts, even leading to travel warnings in some countries by which tourism was taking a serious hit.


Hong Kong railworker union(s) also published a statement, strongly condemning “Occupy Central” as a collective and as individuals. The statement points out that traffic on the streets of Central were affected, leading to a sharply increasing workload for the railworkers, excessive work and physical wear and tear. Also, tram drivers, because of the suspension of some road sections, had been compelled to take unpaid days off. Incomes were declining every day.


As the harm done to the economy by “Occupy Central” intensifies, Hong Kong citizens rise in a chorus of condemnation. On October 2, many private associations held activities opposing “Occupy Central” actions. Mr. So, a citizen, said that “demonstrators have blocked all kinds of traffic and important roads, bringing chaos into our lives”.

“占领中环”非法集会对经济社会造成的危害愈演愈烈,香港市民齐声谴责。10月2日,香港多个民间团体举行活动,启动反对“占领中环”行动。市民苏先生表示, “示威人士堵塞了多处交通要道,把我们的生活全搞乱了。”

On October 3 and 4, citizens opposing “Occupy Central” came to “Occupy Central” strongholds in Causeway Bay and in Mong Kok, asking police to restore social order as soon as possible. Some of the citizens who had spontaneously come to the scene chided the “occupiers” for keeping others from “making a living”and demanded the “occupiers” to open the roads for the citizens’ use.


The jamming of many roads by “Occupy Central’s” illegal activities has caused the trade of taxi drivers in Hong Kong great losses. On October 5, the cab drivers at Central Piers strongly condemned “Occupy Central’s” activities, demanding an immediate end to “Occupy Central’s” illegal forcible occupation of roads, supporting police law enforcement, and announcing collective civil claims against “Occupy Central’s” initiators.

Ever since the beginning of “Occupy Central’s” illegal gatherings, Hong Kong media have called on the “occupiers” to immediately abandon the occupation activities and to restore social order, as well as Hong Kong’s peaceful life and harmony.


A “Ta Kung Pao” editorial pointed out that if an offense is allowed to succeed once, “Occupy Central” could defeat society and put it in opposition to the central government [Beijing], creating areas of anarchy – would this still justify the pride of seven million citizens in their international center of finance and “One Country, two Systems”? The editorial called on the “occupiers” to immediately clear the roads. An article by Hong Kong’s “Wen Wei Po” titled “The initiators of ‘Occupy Central’ have a responsibility to end it” said that “Occupy Central” had paralysed traffic, damaged social order, and displayed signs of getting out of control. “It is the responsibility of the initiators to immediately put the occupation activities to a halt. The paper, on October 4, wrote that “Occupy Hong Kong” had caught widespread indignation and discontent, that public opinion was rebounding, citizens were beginning to oppose “Occupy Central”, not only demanding harmony and stability, but wanting to live and work in Hong Kong in accordance with their own wishes. “Occupy Central” was not reaching the hearts of the citizens. “Ming Pao’s” editorial points out that looking at the general situation, “Occupy Hong Kong” should end its activities if they wished Hong Kong well. [Didn’t get the meaning of the following sentence: 如果“占中”的始作俑者戴耀廷等人发出呼吁,叫停“占中”,将是对历史负责的一步.] “Oriental Daily’s” editorial [title: 独有英雄驱虎豹,更无豪杰怕熊罴] believes that “Occupy Central” is simply a political fraud, and from head to tail unable to separate from the shadows of foreign forces wanting to bring chaos to Hong Kong and aiming for subversion in mainland China.




» Bao Tong: Take a Break, Sinosphere, Oct 5, 2014


10 Responses to “China News Service: “Hong Kong Citizens rise in a Chorus of Condemnation of Occupy Central””

  1. Strange how the rheotric from Beijing is rising now that the protests have largely fizzled out. I guess the propaganda machine is slow to react, and – once it has responded to an order to attack – slow to stop. The accusation that the demonstrations were “anti-democratic” (from People’s Daily!) was particularly bizarre.


  2. A bit related and a bit of a guess. It would appear that Beijing, rather than confront the issue head-on, dropped a dime on that smirking Leung creature, in order to partially defuse the whole thing.

    While all the other news services are onto this like flies, the original leak went to John Garnaut, a reporter who leaves the NYT and all the rest of those Sino- hagiographers in the dust.

    Leung is now Mainland toilet paper to put it crudely.


  3. @Foarp: there has been a bit of coverage all the time, but obviously, reporting was very selective, and also, the Alliance for the Protection of Universal Suffrage and against Occupy Central got much friendlier (probably also more) coverage than Occupy Central.

    @KT: how can this defuse the conflict, from the CCP’s point of view? Won’t the revelation of Mr. Leung’s 7-m-deal rather mobilize Occupy Central’s supporters once again?
    Btw. I think the guy has long been mainland toilet paper – and so was his pre-predecessor.

    My guess is that if the press keeps this kettle boiling, Leung will be out of office within eight months.


  4. 要求“占中”者“停一停,想一想” — it sounds so simple! They just want Occupy Central to stop stop and think think. Personally, I think the students could learn something from Mao and Peng Dehuai in their assault on MacArthur’s troops in the Korean War — strike hard, then disappear. Then strike a hell of a lot harder after your enemy keeps coming, imagining that you’ve disappeared.


  5. I was waiting for some digital fire and brimstone from Anonymous after that apocalyptic threat, but to date they haven’t amounted to a hill of beans.

    Like the song says, Occupy and their confreres have time on their side.

    A quibble JR. I said partially defuse.

    I thought this was a pretty good analysis of Xi’s mindset.

    Finally, I would triangulate the whole thing for Beijing and throw in Taiwan.

    Further afield, it is again mostly young people in Vietnam who are displaying the most anti-Mainland animus.


  6. @Adam: Re your comment about Li Keqiang: haven’t even blogged about the illustrious visit yet – might still do some reading of the Chinese press though, to keep myself up to date. Do you know of a youtube video about the press conference?

    I’m wondering about the students’ strategy. It’s a fine line between causing the powers that be big headaches, and annoying the general public.

    @KT: I think Xi is being »over-interpreted. I’ve been told about his “Confucianist” leanings before, by a German, but I think that’s not Xi’s reverence – in my view, it’s his utilitarianism. (That’s not to say that he would dislike good literature.)

    The CCP is trying to pick people up where they are standing. (You know how party secretaries on the plant level interact with people, right?) That’s always a competitive move, compared with the opportunity costs of intimidation and repression. But there’s nothing about Confucianism in the party’s own resolutions – at least not as far as I can see.

    Once the central committee – and not just the propaganda department – adopts traditional values as part of socialist core values, I might start believing in a CCP confucianising itself.

    Until then, I’m rather thinking of it as a try to make the CCP’s power look as reverent as five-thousand (or whatever) years of tradition.


  7. JR. I wasnt embracing that point of interpretation, simply putting it up there for discussion. But I pick up on what you are saying.



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