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Occupy Central ads call on China president to avoid ‘Tiananmen crackdown’ in Hong Kong

A pro-democracy group in Hong Kong is running ads in international newspapers in the form as an open letter to the premier of China, Xi Jinping, calling on him to avoid a “Tiananmen crackdown” of protest movement “Occupy Central”.

Picture: Twitter

Picture: Twitter

The ads, published in the Wall Street Journal and International New York Times today, claim that “Hong Kong people want true democracy” and follow street protests over the weekend demanding universal suffrage for the city’s chief executive election. Marchers walked backwards to symbolise the regression of democracy.

The group plans to stage a sit-in to block the city’s busy financial district in October, to oppose a political system that allows the China central government to control election candidates at the nomination stage.

Picture: Occupy Central's website

Picture: Occupy Central’s website

The ads read:

To: President Xi Jingping,
People’s Republic of China

Please honour “One Country; Two Systems’ as prescribed in the Basic LAw.

Hong Kong people want true democracy.

Don’t stage a Tiananmen crackdown in Hong Kong. The whole world is watching.

From the Finance and Banking professionals who are passionate about the interests of Hong Kong, and also love China.

Finance and banking group who support Occupy Central with Love and Peace.

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