DAB against reopening Civic Square: Holden Chow

Holden Chow believes the new administration should make a decision only after assessing the security risks. Photo: RTHK

Holden Chow believes the new administration should make a decision only after assessing the security risks. Photo: RTHK

A vice-chairman of the DAB, Holden Chow, said on Monday that his party does not support the reopening of Civic Square, the east wing forecourt of the government’s headquarters in Admiralty. 

The area was a popular venue for demonstrations but was closed in July 2014. In September that year, more than a thousand students stormed the area in a move which triggered the Occupy protests.

After the election of Carrie Lam as the next Chief Executive, there have been demands for Civic Square to be reopened as a gesture which could help mend rifts in society. The CY Leung administration has ruled this out, but the Chief Executive-elect’s office said it was something Lam would consider. 

But Chow believes the new administration should make a decision only after assessing the security risks of reopening the area.

Talking after taking part in an RTHK programme, Chow also said he would express the party’s view at a meeting with the CE-elect slated for later on Monday.

He said the party would also raise housing issues during the meeting. 

The Democratic Party’s James To, who also took part in the RTHK programme, said he believes that the issue of security is just an excuse for not reopening Civic square. 

To said that if the new administration really has the will to mend rifts in society, reopening the square is a step it has to take.

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