League repeats call for two parties to quit pan-democrat meeting

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 October, 2010, 12:00am

The League of Social Democrats yesterday reiterated its call for the Democratic Party and the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood to quit the pan-democrats' weekly 'lunchbox' meeting.

The radical group had earlier sent letters to the two parties, saying it could no longer consider them pan-democrats because they had backed the government's 2012 constitutional reform proposals. The league urged both parties to withdraw from the meeting and to quit co-ordination efforts among pan-democrat groups for next year's district council elections if they refused to 'stop secret talks with the Chinese Communist Party'.

The Democratic Party had rejected the league's initial call in a written reply on Monday.

League vice-chairman Avery Ng Man-yuen renewed the call at yesterday's weekly meeting. He said afterwards that the league would boycott future meetings if the two parties did not act on its demands, but it was still waiting for the ADPL's response.

Meeting convenor Cyd Ho Sau-lan said the pan-democrats would not ask people to quit the voluntary gathering and would not expel them.

'These are matters between the league and the Democrats,' she said. 'They can resolve their disputes outside the lunchbox meeting. We welcome the league's continuing participation.'