High Tide (September 29th 2015) – Daily political round up

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More than 1,000 join UM anniversary protest; Harbourfront watchdog expersses “disappointment” over Avenue of Stars expansion project; Former democrats form Third Side.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Political (General)

Occupy One Year On: About 1,000 people reassemble at Tim Mei Avenue
– Some 1,100 people participated in protests near the Government Complex, including around 180 ‘blue ribbons’ to mark the anniversary of the official start date of the Occupy Movement, according to police statistics.
– Occupy co-founders Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming as well as representatives from pan-dem parties, student groups, post-Umbrella organisations and pro-democracy celebrities called for continuity of the movement and urged supporters to back up Occupy protesters who were still under prosecution
– A moment of silence was observed at 5:58pm to commemorate the exact time when police fired tear gas at protesters one year ago
– Supporters of People Power, led by ‘Fast Beat’ Tam Tak-chi, meanwhile attempted to get pass police barricade to make their way to Harcourt Road but the tensions ceased about an hour later with Tam calling for ‘fluid occupies’ as an alternative
– The crowd dissipated after 7pm but residents of the cleared Tim Mei village took the opportunity to set up tents to mark a return

Harbourfront watchdog expresses ‘disappointment’ over TST Avenue of Stars expansion plan
– The quango Harbourfront Commission expressed “disappointment (ch)” over Government expanding  development rights of the Avenue of Stars to New World Development without proper consultation and urged the authority to provide more details regarding the expansion plan’s development direction and mode of management
– The harbourfront watchdog also criticised the Town Planning Board for claiming that it had secured support from the commission when approving the plan, stressing that it was “not able to indicate either support or objection”

Moderate democrats form Third Side with LegCo elections in sight
– A new and moderate political party, Third Side, was formed with former democrats Tik Chi-yuen and Nelson Wong as its convenor and deputy convenor
– The preparation committee consisted of about 20 people, including Centaline founder Shih Wing-ching and former democrats Chow Yick-hay, a current Kwai Ching DC member, and Chan Ka-wai who was former Democratic Party chief executive
– Wong said the party will actively considering fielding candidates to stand in next year’s LegCo elections while Chow and himself would make personal efforts to contest for a seat in DCs
– The party is expected to be officially launched in January 7
– Meanwhile, the Property Owners Anti Bid-rigging Alliance (ch) also announced that they would send six candidates to run in the upcoming DC elections in November