The Liberal Party suggests that the Government should open up the “Civic Square” outside Central Government Offices or the Tamar Park to enable the protestors to move over there to continue their rally.
The continuation of the Occupy Central movement has seriously affected our economy and people’s livelihood, and social order is disheveled to the limit. Over the past 2 days, the Liberal Party has been trying to mediate for a solution to ease the present tensions. We believe that both sides desire to diffuse the present crisis. Therefore, the Liberal suggests the Government to open up the “Civic Square” or the Tamar Park to enable the protestors to move over there to continue their rally. However participants of the rally must agree to immediately move away from Mongkok, Causeway Bay and outside the Central Government Offices so that roads and passages which have been blocked for many days can be re-opened. We believe that such move will enable the economic livelihood of those affected districts will resume by at least 90%, and the grievances of those citizens affected will be reduced.
As a result of the development of the Occupy Central movement, the situation of Hong Kong is very grim – civil servants are obstructed on their way to work, business people in Mongkok and Causeway Bay suffer loss of business. Foreign media even label the Occupy Central movement as a “revolution”. The Liberal Party is worried that once the Occupy Central movement is branded as a revolution, the Government will have greater justification to clear out the protesters by force. This is what the Liberal Party does not wish to see.
Police clearance of the protestors by force is likely to spark off any moment. If it does happen, Hong Kong will lose in at least 3 ways: It will lose its international image, it will lose the people’ hearts and it will lose the people’s confidence. Moreover, the lines of communication for further dialogue will be severed. The Liberal Party sincerely urges all participants of the rally to move away peacefully as soon as possible. This will enable social order to be resumed; citizens and students can go to work or school normally, and people can return to their normal livelihoods. The Liberal Party suggests that both the Government and the protestors should each take one step backward, and preserve the space for peaceful resolution of the matter. Both sides should maintain rationality and restraint and continue to have dialogue in regard to the constitutional reform.