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  • Dec 21, 2014
  • Updated: 4:05pm

'Don't be kidnapped by radical opposition': State media warns Hongkongers against July 1 march

Global Times says joining the annual protest will lead to 'great uncertainty' and sow divisions

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 June, 2014, 3:07pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 July, 2014, 7:35am

State media today urged Hongkongers not to be "kidnapped" by radical opposition, as it advised that it was not in the population's best interest to take part in the July 1 march.

An opinion piece carried by the Global Times argued that “radical opposition” and “political confrontation” will only serve to divide the Hong Kong community.

Referring to the recent unofficial poll on how Hong Kong should elect its next chief executive, which drew almost 800,000 people to vote, it said any concessions by central government in Beijing would only lead to “great uncertainty” over Hong Kong.

Some people have become frenzied. They seem civilised and rational, but their political paranoia is about to light a fuse
Global Times

As state mouthpieces cranked into action ahead of tomorrow's march, the People’s Daily also published an article which stated that the high degree of autonomy enjoyed by the Hong Kong does not change its legal status as a local administrative region of a unitary state.

"Hong Kong and mainland under one country, two systems, it’s difficult for the two societies to completely understand each other, but a fundamental principle is clear – that engaging in intense political confrontation is never good. It is harmful for all individuals, units, and the country involved,” the editorial declared.

It said oppositions groups were "extremists" who were "willing to sacrifice Hong Kong's prosperity for their own interests".

"Hong Kong does not have the conditions for political confrontation, but some people have become frenzied. They seem civilised and rational, but their political paranoia is about to light a fuse," the Global Times English op-ed said.

The article mentioned how people have "called for Occupy Shenzhen or Occupy Tiananmen", and that while there is no evidence linking these calls to Occupy Central, the public should be wary of how "these extreme forces are trying to mess up the country".

Organisers of this year’s July 1 protest - a rally traditionally dedicated to democracy, universal suffrage and other political concerns - are predicting that it will draw more than half a million people to the streets.

Tensions between Hong Kong and the mainland have been on the rise since the State Council published a white paper on June 10, reiterating China's control over Hong Kong.

The high degree of autonomy enjoyed by Hong Kong is subject to the central government’s authorisation, the People's Daily editorial said, echoing the contents of the white paper, which also called judges “administrators” and said they should be patriotic.

Since the paper was issued, Hong Kongers have protested against what they see as Beijing’s infringement on its Basic Law.

Anger over the white paper was the catalyst for many voters to head to the Occupy Central polls in order to voice their displeasure ahead of the march, which could also see a record number of people take to the streets.

Last week, Hong Kong lawyers marched in silence to support an independent judiciary.

"Hong Kong’s radical opposition is doing everything in its power to create a ‘chariot’ and deceive as many Hong Kongers to get on the chariot as possible.

"Its goal is the central government and the nation’s people,” the Global Times wrote in its Chinese edition.

“We urge Hong Kong citizens to not jump on this chariot, do not be kidnapped by the radical opposition, with Hong Kong’s prosperity and your well-being as their bargaining chips.”


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The more Global Times writes, the more people will join the protest.
You think they would have seen the correlation by now. Seems like they want it to be HUGE!
If Hong Kong keeps its course towards complete obedience towards the State, then its prosperity would be in tatters anyways. And besides, what's prosperity without freedom?
All these years the commies never learn this lesson that suppression never works..
Chairman Xi should use someone with more PR and sophisticated governance skills not some dumb fxxx educated in North Korea!!!
LOL. Anyone for Global Times being the best own goal scorer of the century?
The divisions are there now, Propaganda Tools. What we need is to find a way to work together but with Beijing showing no flexibility why should the other side bend over. HK is not being kidnapped. It is however showing the desires of its people to its supposed government and what they want. Their goal is a Hong Kong where Hong Kong people decide what is good or bad for them, within the autonomy promised which covers basically everything except defense and foreign policy. But who would expect the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, which just wants to stamp out views that it does not like, to acknowledge that HK people might, just might, have a point to make.
Talk about an own goal and another rallying cry to join the march!
Yeah. It is the "foreign influences" making HK people unhappy with the fact that they have absolutely no voice in city affairs. If those people could just be obedient sheep and pay their rates to the landlords we would have true harmony and smoothly transition the exploitation from colonial masters to the tycoons to the FuErDai
Global Times, bring the words of idiots to the public.
There was just a piece today about how inferior they are.
All those comments about commie, commie, I am surprised they didn't use ****, ****. Sure the Chinese government need some work on public relations, but I suspect Hong Kong need to be taken down a peg. For they are not something special needed to be pampered like her colonial masters use to be.
Dai Muff
Hong Kong's problems do NOT need to be localised so the world can't see them. That would be playing right into your hands.



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