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Waving colonial flag pointless: Anson Chan

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 3:17am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 3:17am

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has urged activists to think twice before they wave the colonial flag, saying this and the "anti-locust" campaign against mainland visitors would solve nothing.

The call by Chan, a former lawmaker with close ties to the pan-democratic camp, came as the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office joined local government officials in condemning Sunday's rally in which 100 people marched in Tsim Sha Tsui to call for curbs on mainland visitors, dubbed "locusts".

"Hurling insults at others will never solve problems," Chan said yesterday. "That would only intensify the cross-border tension."

But, she added, resentment towards mainland tourists was "not without reason", and she urged the administration to act to ease overcrowding.

Chan, convenor of the think tank Hong Kong 2020, also said waving the colonial flag may be a bad move. She said activists who waved the flag were not calling for independence but trying to express their discontent.

"But they should mull over whether to make this move again," she said. They should think of actions "which would not pointlessly get on Beijing's nerves and give pro-establishment forces an excuse to tighten up" on Hong Kong's freedoms.

Chan said she believed the central government still wanted to listen to Hongkongers' views but the problem was how those opinions were expressed.

She added that the freedom of the press and of speech in Hong Kong faced an unprecedented threat and she was disappointed that the government had made no attempt to protect them.

The former government No2 also urged the administration to demand a report from Commercial Radio on the sacking of host Li Wei-ling, who blamed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for her downfall and hinted that the renewal of the station's licence in 2016 was a factor.

"Leung immediately asked for a report from Education Bureau on the saga of Alpais Lam Wai-sze," she said, referring to a teacher caught on video swearing at police at a protest. "So why shouldn't he demand an explanation from Commercial Radio over an incident that has concerned many people?"



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Shame that Anson doesn't tell her own people to cut the insults and abusive behavior that police officers and other face every time the Democratics march.
It will not solve the problem, but it raises awareness. The problem is China.
You are either with us or you are NOBODY, Mrs. Chan.
You sound awfully like George W Bush. Bet your IQ is even lower than his. :)
We need a new flag, one that symbolizes a free & democratic Hong Kong
We have the Hong Kong COA.
Hong Kong WAS Britain's COA, Colony of Asia, haha... Hong Kong's coat of arms, if that's what you mean, was bestowed on Hong Kong by Britain. Be a bit creative would you?
The Administration's total intransigence to the will of the vast majority of Hong Kong people is the cause of radicalisation. The government is simply pushing us too hard, ramming tens of millions of tourists down our throats, ruining our way of life and, then, on top, crooning about even more. Anson Chan's sanguine advice is of general worthwhile application but not when it comes to our government and Beijing dictatorial rulers. They've simply gone too far in destroying Hong Kong.
The problem is the the admin. The problem is China.
Your incessant whining has become increasingly repetitive. I would be very tired of myself if I were you.


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