High Tide (September 24th 2015) – Daily political round up

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3,000 police officers deployed ahead of Occupy anniversary; Last-ditch effort to avoid clashes between pro-democracy groups in North District dc elections.

Photo: Chris Lusher


 

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Police to deploy 3,000 officers ahead of Occupy anniversary
– It was reported that the Police set up an emergency team and will deploy no more than 3,000 (ch) officers to handle rallies to mark one-year anniversary of the Umbrella Movement
– Meanwhile, police officers were said to have received briefing on tactics to control crowds during protests, including verbal warnings, water jets, spray-based teargas and batons
– Umbrella veterans, pan-dem parties, student groups and other pro-democracy organisations held a joint press conference to unfold their plans on Sept 28, including a minute of silence next to the Government Complex at 5:58pm
– Student activist groups Scholarism and the Hong Kong Federation of Students will hold seminars outside the government headquarters on Sept 26 & 27

Highways Department: Movements are common for major reclamation projects which adopt a new, eco-friendly method
– In response to media reports concerning movements of various parts of the reclamation for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) project, the Highways Department said the kind of movement is “normally found among large-scale reclamation projects adopting the “non-dredge” method” which was designed to minimise the impact to the marine environment
– The spokesman said movements up to 6 or 7 metres were recorded and rejected claim by a media report that it once moved 20 metres

Housing Authority lead-in-water task force blames contractors and Water Supplies Department for the scandal
– A special committee assigned by the Housing Authority to investigate the lead-in-water scandal reportedly blamed contractors and the Water Supplies Department (ch) for failing to conduct proper quality check in its latest report, with the former bearing the most responsibilities
– Meanwhile, the Water Supplies Department stated that two drinking water samples out of 223 tested from 110 kindergartens exceeded the World Health Organisation standard

Political (General)

Secretariat authorised to call in police ‘on brink of Legco chaos’, says Jasper Tsang
– LegCo President Jasper Tsang attended court as a defence witness regarding charges against 12 protesters accused of unlawful assembly outside the LegCo Complex on June 13 last year
– Tsang was questioned on his constitutional power to call in police to enter the LegCo building
– The LegCo president said the secretariat was authorised by him to take the move in situations where the security of the building is under threat
– Tsang also revealed he met with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and the then Police Commissioner Andy Tsang the following morning to discuss better coordination with the police in case of similar cases in the future

Last ditch to coordinate between post-Occupy group and DPHK on dc elections
– Post-Occupy localist group North of the Rings made a last-ditch effort to reach out to the Democratic Party on Saturday to avoid clashes in Cheung Wah Estate constituency in the North District
– The group accused DPHK of not engaging with local community while the democrats rebutted the claim by arguing that they had recently held three community conferences, of which the group was also present

Pro-democracy figures from three generations to attend NGO event in US
– Veteran democrat Martin Lee, Occupy co-founder Benny Tai and Scholarism’s Joshua Wong will attend the Freedom House’s 75th anniversary event today at Washington D.C
– It was reported that Lee will also meet with two Assistant Secretaries of State and members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’ Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific