The Occupy Central with Love and Peace Finance & Banking Group have placed large ads in today’s International New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
The open letters to Premier Xi Jinping call upon Beijing to honour the One Country, Two Systems agreement, urging him not stage a “Tiananmen crackdown” in Hong Kong.
Organiser and hedge fund manager Ed Chin read out the letter in front of the Stock Exchange today. He was joined by Anglican priest and former legislator Reverend Harwood Fung Chi Wood and Civic Party leader Alan Leong. Local essayist Evan Fowler also spoke at the rally.
The ads are similar to open letters published earlier this year in the international press calling upon Xi to safeguard Hong Kong’s rule of law and universal suffrage.
Earlier today, Hong Kong police said that a ‘notice of no objection’ will not be issued for the first Occupy Central demonstration scheduled for October 1st. According to the Apple Daily, police said that the starting point, Victoria Park, is already booked for events related to National Day.
By law, organisers of public processions must seek permission from the authorities if more than 30 participants are expected.