HONG KONG - Pro-democracy activists are launching a "non-cooperation movement" in which they urge people to delay paying rent to the government and pay taxes in small sums, South China Morning Post reported on Monday.
The development came as the nearly three-month long Occupy Central civic disobedience protests was set to come to an end, with some 800 police poised to clear the last remaining Occupy camp in Causeway Bay on Monday morning, SCMP said.
Alex Chow of the Federation of Students, who is one of the main leaders of the Occupy movement, was quoted by the newspaper as saying on Sunday the non-cooperation actions were legal and would allow Hong Kongers unable to join previous protests to take part.
"Occupy is taking on different forms. While the government has no timetable for universal suffrage, we do have a timetable to fight for it and challenge the legitimacy of the government," Chow said.
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen called on the public not to take up the groups' suggestions, saying it was unwise and in breach of the law.