HONG KONG, Sept 2 A Hong Kong pro-democracy
movement that has threatened to blockade the financial district
to protest against Beijing ruling out full democracy for the
city said support for the group has dwindled, Bloomberg reported
"The number of people joining us will not be as big as we
expect, because of the very pragmatic thinking of Hong Kong
people," Occupy Central with Love and Peace founder Benny Tai
Tai had originally said he expected 10,000 demonstrators to
lock down the heart of the Asian financial centre - home to
global companies and banks such as HSBC Holdings and Standard
Chartered - to protest against Beijing ruling out full democracy
in elections for the city's leader in 2017.
He said that number was now "maybe" possible, according to
Bloomberg. Tai said he doesn't expect his Occupy movement to
change the "political reality" of China's decision not to allow
full democracy in the former British colony.
Tai was not immediately available for comment.
Occupy Central has launched a campaign of civil disobedience
in recent months, calling for full democracy with an unofficial
referendum, marches and sit-ins. There have been clashes with
Beijing has responded by saying Hong Kong is a special
administrative region of China, subject to Communist Party rule.
Beijing has said it will permit a vote for Hong Kong's next
chief executive, but only among a handful of pre-screened
On Sunday, Beijing rejected demands that Hong Kong be
allowed to freely choose its next leader in 2017. Hong Kong
police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse protesters.
(Reporting by Anne Marie Roantree, Clare Baldwin and Farah
Master; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)