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Since July 1, 2003, when half a million people protested on the streets of Hong Kong, a new democracy movement has emerged in the territory. This new democracy movement has been characterized by a diversity of interest groups participating in not only the calls for political reform, social change and policy adjustments as well as reversal, but also attempting to influence the policies of the central government in Beijing. These interest groups include students, nativists, teachers, human rights activists, lawyers, environmental protection activists, workers and intellectuals.
This book represents a new attempt at understanding the role and activities of the various interest groups fighting for a new version of democracy in Hong Kong. A range of interest groups have been utilizing not only traditional or conventional modes of interest articulations – electoral participation, protests, petitions, demonstrations and lobbying the governments concerned – but also unconventional modes such as the occupy movement, cross-class, cross-boundary and cross-sectors mobilization, and the use of e-technology in citizen mobilization and socio-political movement.