Ire over unionist Han
THE Governor has been accused of shirking his responsibilities for urging China to let dissident unionist Han Dongfang back into the mainland.
Deputy director of Xinhua (the New China News Agency), Zhang Junsheng, yesterday reacted angrily to Mr Patten's statement on Monday, when he said the responsibility for Mr Han's presence in the territory lay in China's lap.
Mr Han has been involved in scuffles outside and inside the Xinhua headquarters in Happy Valley in recent days.
'What reasons does the Hong Kong Government have to let him stay?' the Chinese official asked.
'Not just stay, but also let him work here.
'Mr Patten knows very well.
'But he then even shifts the responsibility on to the Immigration Department by saying that is the officials' decision only.' Mr Zhang said Mr Patten should bear all the responsibility for not just allowing Mr Han to stay, but for letting him create 'turmoil'.
'He is always allowed to come to our news agency and stir up disturbances at crucial moments,' Mr Zhang said.
The Chinese official also criticised the Government for letting Mr Han stay illegally and work in the territory.
'Who gave him a work visa? It was the Hong Kong Government,' he said.
'Isn't it clear the administration lets him stay on purpose?'