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Democrats cancel meeting with liaison office in protest at white paper

Party cancels meeting and says Hongkongers want Beijing to retract controversial document

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 June, 2014, 3:14pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 June, 2014, 4:14am
 

The Democratic Party has cancelled a meeting with the central government's liaison office director Zhang Xiaoming in protest at Beijing's white paper on "one country, two systems" released on Tuesday.

The Democrats and the Labour Party indicated they would urge Beijing to retract the paper, as Hongkongers feared it would undermine the city's autonomy.

"[We] are very angry and disturbed by the 'white paper', which has sent a clear signal … that Beijing wants to backtrack on the high degree of autonomy promised to Hong Kong," Democrats chairman Emily Lau Wai-hing said. "We decided to suspend the meeting … as Hongkongers would like us to urge Beijing to retract the paper."

Democrat lawmakers were to meet Zhang (pictured) next month.

Separately, Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan said that unless Beijing retracted the white paper, it would be hard to hold talks on political reform.

"They must retract statements such as its 'comprehensive jurisdiction' over Hong Kong," he said, referring to one of the paper's most controversial remarks, which stressed that Hong Kong's autonomy was subject to Beijing's authority.

The two parties also urged Hongkongers to take part in Occupy Central's poll next week on models for the 2017 chief executive election, as well as the July 1 pro-democracy rally.

Pan-democrat heavyweight Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun joined the appeal. Zen today starts a seven-day march to call on Hongkongers to vote in Occupy's poll. He said the white paper only encouraged Hongkongers to vote because "[we] will hit back if repressed". The poll asks people to pick from a shortlist of three models. Zen said people should vote even if they did not support any of the options.

 

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mh0908
This is childish behavior. Politicians are expected to have thick skin. They should have gone to the Liaison Office and protest the White Paper in the face of the Chinese officials, and then move onto other pressing political and social issues that are of concern to us Hong Kongers. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen! Dodging is not good politics!
nicolas
HK AUTONOMY AND DEMOCRACY ARE DYING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
ngsw
The officials in the Liaison Office must be weeping heavily with tears all over their faces for being denied by these noble lawmakers, especially goddess Emily Lau.
TDHK
let me reschedule my business trip to join the July protest - whilst we still can in HK
sudo rm -f cy
Good for them, they are starting to atone for their 2010 faux pas. They've got a long way to go, though.
ejmciii
Like having a meeting with the tyrants in the Northern Capital will change anything. They are a pathetic lot who really just to make sure that they crush any hopes of our the rights and benefits that most of the rest of the world have. The only hope we have is to maintain a united front to protect the autonomy that the Chinese agreed to in order to force the handover. Otherwise, we just become like them. The 6th largest city in China, subject to the same autocracy and kleptocracy. Now many here will sell their souls for promises of a few shekels but we all know that the promises the masters have made to date have been lies. The only place where we benefited was in fronting IPOs for their companies where the money largely went to China. So sad.
ejmciii
No, they do not care at all. They are too busy planning our enslavement. But you are probably a willing collaborator in that.

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