Admiralty a year later: An event guide to the 1st anniversary of Occupy Central

By Crystal Tse and Viola Zhou

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Monday 28 September marks the one year anniversary of the 79-day Umbrella Movement's emergence. Groups and parties are hosting events to recapture the civil disobedience campaign that caught the world's attention.

The movement was Hong Kong people's attempt in forcing the Beijing government to concede and overthrow the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress's "831 Decision", which gives the 1,200-member Election Committee, dominated by the pro-Beijing camp, the right to nominate Chief Executive candidates.

Accusing the proposal of being a "fake universal suffrage", participants of the Movement, mostly students at the beginning, occupied the forecourt of the government headquarters that was dubbed the "Civic Square" in Admiralty. The movement intensified quickly as police deployed tear gas, which ignited thousands of citizens to take it to the streets. The occupation soon spread to Causeway Bay and Mongkok.

Earlier in June this year, the Legislative Council rejected the political reform proposal with a 28-8 vote, featuring an embarrassing walked out in wait for an unpunctual lawmaker to the city's most important vote that would have allowed Hong Kongers to cast a vote in their own Chief Executive election had it been passed. As the year gone by, the big question "What's next?" -- is also a question that events around the city aim at answering.

Civil Retreat
A Civic Retreat is held collaboratively by The Hong Kong Federation  of Students and Scholarism on the one-year anniversary of Occupy Central Movement.
A Civic Retreat is held collaboratively by The Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism on the one-year anniversary of Occupy Central Movement.

Organisers and student leaders of Occupy Central will reflect on last year's movement and discuss Hong Kong political future with the public.

Organiser: Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism

Time: September 26 1- 9 pm, September 27 1- 5.30 pm

Location: Tamar Park and Legislative Council protesting area, Admiralty

Anti-political-prosecution Meeting

Members of several umbrella groups will stand in silence for 15 minutes beginning at 5.58 pm, the time when the police used tear gas in Admiralty a year ago. Discussions will be held there before and after the stand-in.

Organiser: Umbrella Groups

Time: September 28, 4.30 pm

Location: "Lennon Wall", outside Central Government Complex, Admiralty

Umbrella Movement Reflection

A series of "civic forums" will be held in the Chinese University in Hong Kong for reflection and discussion on the Umbrella Movement. The organiser will also play a movie about the movement and hold an "Umbrella Arts" exhibition.

Organiser: Chinese University Student Union

Time: September 28, 12- 10 pm, September 29, 12- 12 am, September 30, 12- 4 pm

Location: Chinese University of Hong Kong, University

Christian events

Umbrella Movement Commemoration Prayer

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun will lead a prayer to commemorate the Umbrella Movement and express the determination to fight for Hong Kong's democracy.

Organiser: Justice & Peace Commission of the H.K. Catholic Diocese

Time: September 28, 8 pm

Location: Legislative Council protesting area, Admiralty

Umbrella Movement Commemoration Mass

Organiser: Father Franco Mella

Time: September 28, 4 pm- 5.30 pm

Location: "Lennon Wall", outside Central Government Complex, Admiralty

9.28 1st Anniversary Memorial Service

Organiser: City Concern of Christians

Time: September 28, 4-8 pm

Location: Legislative Council protesting area, Admiralty

Artistic events

Umbrella-citizen Art Fair and Forum 

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Organiser: Umbrella Artfair

Time: September 28, 2.30 - 4pm

Location: outside Central Government Complex, Admiralty

Hereafter: Objects from the Umbrella Movement Exhibition

Organiser: Umbrella Movement Visual Archive

Time: 2-8pm, September 26 - October 16

Location:Woofer Ten, 404 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei and 12/F, Foo Tak Building, 365 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai

Others

Umbrella 1st Anniversary

Organiser: Citizen Charter 617

Time: September 27, 4- 6 pm, September 28, 3- 5.30 pm

Location: Legislative Council protesting area, Admiralty

Return to Admiralty 

Organiser: People Power

Time: September 28, noon

Location: "Lennon Wall", outside Central Government Complex, Admiralty

Anti-Occupy events

Demonstration calling for the Occupy organisers to be prosecuted

Organiser: Defend Hong Kong Campaign

Time: September 28, 1.30pm

Location: from Hang Lung Centre, Causeway Bay to Admiralty

Demonstration against the pan-democrats 

Organiser: co-organised by several anti-Occupy groups

Time: September 28, 2.30-6 pm

Location: from Charter Garden to Central Government Complex, Admiralty

 

(Copy-edited by Nathaniel Suen)

 

 

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