Occupy Central (佔領中環 or just 佔中), dubbed the Umbrella Revolution in the Western press, is the protest for full democracy in Hong Kong that started in September 2014. Central is the main business district in Hong Kong where it started. It is the strongest such protest in China since Tiananmen Square in 1989.
- Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, CY Leung, to step down.
- China to uphold Hong Kong’s Basic Law, as it promised when Britain handed back Hong Kong in 1997. Article 45 of the Basic Law states:
“The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures.”
China has promised the “universal suffrage” part by 2017, but not the bit about a “broadly representative nominating committee”. It wants to pack the committee so that the Communist Party can in effect block nominations.
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