Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Occupation Finally Ends

A yellow umbrella reminder posted on one of the tents in Admiralty
Even though the 79-day Occupy protest ended in mid-December, there are still some diehards camped around Tamar, though they will finally pack up and leave tomorrow.

Now that the political reform package was successfully voted down last Thursday, these remaining dozen or so protesters feel their aim has been achieved and will comply with the police deadline of Wednesday to vacate Tim Mei Avenue.

"Now that the government's reform proposal has been voted down, there is no point staying here any more," said protester Four Lai, who is considered the spokesperson for at least half of "Tim Mei Village".

"We will leave of our own accord. To be fair, the government has been tolerant so far. We won't make things difficult for them."

Many have already moved items like appliances, including solar panels.

It's still hard to believe that Connaught Road Central was completely shut down back on September 28, but seeing the tents on Tim Mei Avenue felt like a defiant gesture, akin to the slogan after former Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau Chun-to was attacked -- "You can't kill us all".

The rag-tag group of tents reminded the public the fight for true universal suffrage is ongoing.

But by tomorrow they will finally be gone, a sad thought, but their job is done.

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