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Occupy Central plan gets Hong Kong affairs chief's thumbs down

HK affairs chief says city does not want to be 'messed up' by proposed protest for democracy

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 March, 2013, 5:30am
 

A mainland official who oversees Hong Kong affairs says Hongkongers prefer not to see the city being "messed up" when asked about a law academic's proposal to block roads in Central district.

Wang Guangya, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, made the remarks in Shenzhen before meeting yesterday with a group of lawmakers loyal to Beijing.

"I think Hong Kong compatriots don't want to see Hong Kong being messed up. Hong Kong needs development," Wang said when asked if he believed the Occupy Central plan was beneficial to the city.

Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the National People's Congress Law Committee, was quoted by a lawmaker (who declined to be named) as accusing the "opposition camp" of "fuelling" the Occupy Central plan. Qiao said the plan was "partly truthful", "complex" and a "risk-everything" proposition.

The comments by the mainland officials follow a proposal by Benny Tai Yiu-ting, a University of Hong Kong associate law professor, to rally at least 10,000 people to block roads in Central on July 1 next year in pressing Beijing to keep its promise of allowing genuine universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive race.

Defining "loving the nation and Hong Kong", a criterion laid down by Beijing officials for the city's next leader, Wang said it was referring to those who "work for the good of the nation and Hong Kong's long-term prospects".

Asked if the pro-democracy camp could be seen as people who love the nation and the city, Wang said: "I think Hong Kong compatriots can differentiate in their heart whether what the main political parties and groups in Hong Kong do is good for Hong Kong and the nation, and what is not."

After the closed-door meeting, Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, quoted Wang as saying that it was "not strange to have problems pop up" when the mainland and Hong Kong were discussing ways to deepen their collaboration. "The key was mutual understanding," Wang reportedly said.

On whether Beijing would allow pan-democrats to visit the mainland, Wang reportedly said that a prerequisite of communication was "mutual respect and trust" and it could be considered "under suitable conditions".

HKU's Benny Tai said staging the road blockage would be the last resort, and it would not happen if the authorities' political reform proposal for the 2017 chief executive race was in line with public expectations.

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hard times !
Fully agree that the civil-disobedience movement,'Occupy Central' has now become a must since there is definitely a screening scheme for our election in 2017 which is promised to be a universal suffrage ( but regrettably it may be a faked one as according to our Basic Law, there is no such terms as: the candidate competing for the top post must be patriotic to the Nation (or the Party) and Hong Kong and one who will never oppose the Central Government).What a universal suffrage we,most Hongkongers really long for ? A geniune one which conforms to the standard of the United Nations---one man, one vote by all qualified voters in choosing our chief executive in 2017 and all candidates who meet basic requirements of the candidacy can take part in the election and be elected.Of course,most Hongkong voters are sensible enough and will never choose someone who is a radical or opponent to the Beijing authorities since once he/she is elected,he/she still have to be appointed by the Beijing authorities which can say 'No' to his/her appointement. Right ?
ianson
The theft of democracy by Beijing is all but complete. The consultation serves no purpose. Occupy Central now, not July next year.

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