Civil Disobedience in Hong Kong

Occupy Central is a civil disobedience movement which began in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. As an extension to the class boycott initiated by student groups in Hong Kong, it calls on thousands of protesters to block roads and paralyse Hong Kong’s financial district after Beijing and Hong Kong governments do not agree to implement universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017 and the Legislative Council elections in 2016 according to “international standards.”

To everyone’s surprise, the police unleashed unnecessary violence to the harmless protesters. Rumors that spread across people and media blurred the reasons to why the movement started in the first place. Amidst the chaos across the financial district of Hong Kong, there is talks of democracy, of Beijing intervention and whether or not this event will be a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. Therefore, what started out as a student protest and class boycott turned into a long-term civil disobedience movement that further segregates opinions.

The question now is, what will it take to defuse the current standoff? Is the “one country two system model” feasible? What is the event’s impact on the Greater China Region?

Civil Disobedience

Please join the Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union (CASSU), Chinese Politics Society (UTCPS), and the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs for an afternoon of critical discussion and deliberation on the current state of affairs in Hong Kong and its resulting implications.

The event will mainly be conducted in English, but simultaneous translation from Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin) to English will be provided. We welcome all participants to speak in the language they are most comfortable with. Views from all sides are welcomed and discussion will be moderated.

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We look forward to your participation.