HONG KONG, Dec. 4 (Xinhuanet) --
Thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong Island Sunday
afternoon. Organizers said the march is aimed at expressing discontentment over
the government's package proposals for local constitutional development.
However, the demands raised by the
people taking part in the march are quite different, judging from the slogans
The citizens began marching from the Victoria Park at
around 3:00 p.m., and 82 public buses had to alter routes because of the march.
Some bystanders told press that they support the
government's constitutional development proposals and held that the most
important thing for Hong Kong now is to maintain stability and keep economic
Hong Kong Police estimated the turnout to be around
63,000. After nearly two years of consultation and extensively soliciting views
from various walks of life, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)
government issued on Oct. 19 "Package of Proposals for the Methods for Selecting
Chief Executivein 2007 and for Forming the Legislative Council in 2008".
Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang said the
package is a democratic plan, which could help advance an important step toward
universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Several surveys made after the publishing of the
package proposal indicated that most of Hong Kong citizens support the
A consultation with all the districts by the HKSAR
government also indicated that most of the District Councils support the
constitutional development proposals.
According to the Basic Law, "the methods for
selecting the Chief Executive and formation of the Legislative Council shall
beworked out in the light of the actual situation in Hong Kong and applied in a
gradual and orderly way." The ultimate goal is universal suffrage.