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'Extremists' in Occupy Central will not succeed, Beijing official warns

‘Extremist’ democrats who try to force central government to give in on 2017 vote by blocking Central will face full force of law, warns official

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 May, 2014, 3:01am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 May, 2014, 3:01am

Beijing will not give in to "extremist acts" such as those planned by Occupy Central, a mainland official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has declared.

Wang Guangya, the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was quoted as saying yesterday that the civil-disobedience movement, which aims to clog the business centre to push for democracy, represented only the views of a minority.

His views were relayed by Hong Kong members of provincial advisory bodies after they met Wang in Beijing.

"[Beijing] hopes Hongkongers can be rational," Tam Kam-kau, president of the Hong Kong CPPCC (Provincial) Members Association, said. "As for the small group of democrats who wreak havoc and use extremist acts to force the central government to give in, they will not succeed. If the illegal Occupy Central movement really takes place, [Beijing] believes the Hong Kong government will enforce the law accordingly."

Tam also quoted Wang as saying Beijing supported universal suffrage in 2017, but the chief executive election should be in accordance with the Basic Law and related decisions by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

Beijing insists that allowing voters to nominate candidates - a key element of demands by Occupy Central and its supporters - would breach the mini-constitution.

Association chairwoman Eliza Chan quoted Wang as saying that Occupy Central represented only the minority, while most people were silent and the city should not suffer damage because of a small group.

Wang also had said the radical lawmakers' filibuster holding up passage of the budget bill would hurt people's interests and seriously affect the city's stability.

He said Hong Kong people and mainlanders had very different levels of civilisation so both sides should be more understanding of the other, a reference to anti-mainlander protests and the row over a child urinating in public.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to improve turnout at its unofficial referendum next month, Occupy Central organisers are planning to add another question to the vote: should the Legislative Council veto the government's political reform if it is not up to international standards?

The referendum, on June 22, will ask people to choose one of three reform proposals. All contain elements of public nomination, raising fears the turnout may be small because of limited choice.

"This is why we are planning to add a fourth question … to draw people across the political spectrum," campaign co-founder Dr Chan Kin-man said.

 

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detectives000@yahoo.com.hk
**** Beijing official, Don't deceive HK people, give us. I want real public nomination.
OldPeak Toad
This constant finger wagging by every Li, Leung, and Wang wont's succeed either!
ejmciii
What about normal and reasonable requests for real self determination and a say in their future. Is that insane and radical? I know it challenges the masters' view that they and they alone know what is best for us, but I would not see wanting to have a say via real election among people chosen by the people of HK rather than the masters in Beijing being extreme. To-mae-to, to-mah-toe.
kctony
....but we have slavery blood throughout our 4,000 years of history.
kctony
Can he say something intelligent for a change?
michaelhctam@gmail.com
I want to see this protest and I want to see some Laang Zhai's get curb stomped by the PLA. It'd be great entertainment.
ntmount
Let's wait for his wise comments if unexpectedly, 500000 march like in 2003 and decide to sit down and not move. Hope it wont happen but you never know.
321manu
"the civil-disobedience movement, which aims to clog the business centre to push for democracy, represented only the views of a minority."
---what is this talking head actually saying? If history is any guide, chances are he is clueless to what he is saying as well.
If he means that only a minority support the actual physical sit-in/civil disobedience exercise, he might be right. But the underlying purpose of the movement is to ensure that HK has real universal suffrage, and not just universal suffrage with Chinese characteristics. In that regard, if this Wang dufus paid any attention to the HK Transition Project, he'd realize that a vast majority of Hkers are actually interested in the real thing, and not just some bastardized version that BJ would like to ram down HKer's throats.
chuchu59
Beijing should not give in to extremist acts but it should continue a dialogue with pan-democrats to reach a compromise and not force its own 'way' on the people of HK. It doesn't take Einstein to figure out the nominating committee, in its present form, is hugely unpopular with HK people. Neither side should force its views on the other but a compromise is a must.
rolftsui
It is a bit rich to accept advice about law and order by a Mainland Official of any description. Wang Guangya - go stick it up your backside.
In an open and free society, we accept and tolerate even the smallest of minorities with their concerns.
Wang Guangya - go back to where you came from!

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