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Hong Kong poised for political showdown on 2017 election; Jimmy Lai to join Occupy

With Beijing set to impose 2017 election limits, Jimmy Lai says he will join Occupy Central

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 August, 2014, 4:40am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 August, 2014, 8:53am
 

With Beijing expected to confirm a tough framework today for the 2017 chief executive election, both sides of the political divide have stepped up the rhetoric.

The decision to limit the number of candidates who can stand is likely to trigger a showdown with Occupy Central campaigners - and there was an added twist to the saga yesterday when media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying said he would join the civil disobedience movement.

A former top Beijing official on the city's affairs warned that Occupy Central would end in bloodshed if its organisers refused to back down.

Chen Zuoer, former deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, also suggested in an RTHK interview that the movement was being "manipulated by Western countries to overthrow a regime", and that Beijing "would not tolerate such action".

But Occupy Central founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting emphasised that his campaign was not meant to challenge Beijing's sovereignty. "We are just seeking a fair electoral system, so that everyone can exercise their political rights," he said.

The National People's Congress Standing Committee is expected to endorse a decision today that only two or three candidates - who have secured half of a 1,200-strong nominating committee's support - will be allowed to stand in 2017, when Hong Kong picks its first chief executive by universal suffrage.

Pan-democrats say the framework would deprive people of a genuine choice of candidates. The Occupy Central campaign plans to hold a rally outside government headquarters today to announce its next move.

Lai - whose home was searched by graft-busters on Thursday over accusations that some lawmakers had accepted advantages after leaked emails exposed his donations to pan-democrats - confirmed in an RTHK interview that he would take part in Occupy and continue to donate to pan-democrats.

"I will participate in Occupy Central, lie on the street together and go to jail together [with other protesters]," he said, while dismissing suggestions that his donations were related to foreign powers.

On the opposite side, the Small and Medium Law Firms Association of Hong Kong, a group led by Maggie Chan Man-ki of the Beijing-friendly Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, will launch a hotline tomorrow to offer free legal advice "for citizens affected by Occupy Central".

During his RTHK interview, Chen pointed to the conflicts in Libya and Ukraine in accusing Western countries of promoting Occupy Central.

"[In Libya and Ukraine,] some people persuaded specially trained citizens to take part in the civil disobedience movement, in a bid to create bloodshed," Chen said. "And when the government takes enforcement action, the masterminds take the moral high ground to condemn the governments and overthrow them."

When asked whether the People's Liberation Army's local garrison would be mobilised in the event of a large-scale sit-in in the financial hub, he replied: "Beijing would not sit there and ignore such a situation".

But Chen also said he believed Hong Kong police could handle the matter.

Speaking at a media gathering in Beijing, NPC deputy Dr David Wong Yau-kar said Occupy Central would not sway Beijing.

"Universal suffrage means a lot to Hong Kong, and we should welcome it happily," he said. "As time goes on, I think more people would want to have a vote" rather than to have a failed reform.

He lamented that the debate on political reform in the past year had highlighted key "fundamental issues" that had not been discussed rationally.

On Beijing officials' earlier warning about the relationship between democracy and national security, Wong said: "In a sense, it was quite naive for the pan-democrats to ask 'what does universal suffrage have to do with national security?'"

He said that if a pan-democrat became the city's leader, he could face a "dilemma" if someone organised a religious forum in town and decided to invite the Dalai Lama. Beijing would also be concerned about what such a chief executive could do with all the public resources and sensitive information at his fingertips, he suggested.

Wong said: "As long as pan-democrats call for things such as 'ending one-party dictatorship', it is unlikely that Beijing would allow them to run", as it was written in the national constitution that China shall be led by the Communist Party.

And if the pan-democrats were to rule Hong Kong, they should start grooming leaders who only focus on local issues and are not critical of the central government, Wong said.

He lamented that given their experience and standing, pan-democrats - especially the moderates - did not dare to say "no" and allowed radicals and student activists to tell them what to do.

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suewilliams321
The Black Ops trail is obvious: Anson Cat Chan, Martin Wizard Lee, Pan Demoniacs serreptiously taking UNDECLARED funding(illegal/ ICAC offence) from Jimmy Traitor Lai, stooge of the EVIL NEOCONS of the terrorist Zionist/Bankster state of USA.The same Jimmy Lai, aided by CIA plant Mark Simon, who clandestinely rendesvoused for six hours in his yacht off Sai Kung on 27/5/2014 with old pal Paul Wolfowitz(big time neocon!); Wolfowitz was sacked for corruption from presidency the World Bank in 2007. For high moral ground democrat of HK, what strange bedfellows little ol' Jimmy keeps.
Two pertinent questions need to be raised:-
1) The undeclared political funding accepted by the desperate so-called democrats, including of all people Anson Chan who should have known better as ex Chief Secretary. What have they to HIDE that they would deliberately break the law?
2) What was discussed at that yacht meeting between Jimmy Lai and Wolfy at the height of the US Zionist engineered overthrow of the legitimate/elected Ukraine govt and just after Anson Chan/Martin Lee's delegation to US Terrorist Govt to ask for advice on HK election changes. If he is innocent of conspiracy against HK/China, he should be happy to show us the minutes of that meeting in an isolated spot. In case not,let me make an educated guess: they were discussing the HK election protest plan/rabble-rousing funding-same old formula of US-Ziocons in Ukraine,Libya,Syria,etc. No, only talking about MahPo & seafood, lah!
suewilliams321
The link is obvious: Pan democrats, Anson Cat Chan, Martin Lee & Co serreptitiously receiving UNDECLARED
53a92b86-acc0-436b-bb16-4c430a320968
If you hate CCP's decision, just protest in Beijing as most mainland petitioners do. Why do you disturb the living place that hong konger stay? What is your real intention?
53a92b86-acc0-436b-bb16-4c430a320968
Stupid occupy central guys. If Hong kong is destroyed, CCP still has Shanghai as the financial center. What do hong kongers have if the hong kong central was destroyed by those mad occupy central guys.
kctony

Please enlighten us on the following:
1) How OC will destroy Hong Kong? What weapons will they use?
2) How can Shanghai replace Hong Kong as a finance center ?
Please discuss with logic.
scmpgt
Mainland and HK citizens should have been best friends. Somewhere after 1997 the communist leadership screwed it up.
Paradox314
Let's hope Hong Kongers have the same kind of backbone as tank man in 1989.
suewilliams321
1989 Tiannanmen was a panicked/bungled accident by a govt caught on the hop, not premeditated. Something that could not happen today with advanced, state- of -the-art crowd control techniques - cctv surveillance,tear gas/pepper spray,water cannons,rubber bullets,kettling police formations, hi tech gear/vehicles etc. Expertise liberally employed with great effect in the West.
Tiennanmen pales into insignificance when compared to the govt organised false-flag citizen massacres in New York and London to provide excuses for US/UK to conduct the Iraq invasion:-
..The 9/11 Towers were controlled nuclear demolition jobs with buildings sinking neatly into own footprints with survivors dying from a strange sickness months later; the 7/7 London Tube&Bus bombings used high-grade military explosives not homemade as claimed. Suspiciously in both terror Events, the suspects remain free. Very coincidentally, for 9/11, there was a massive USmilitary exercise being conducted that same day/time involving errant aircraft crashing into a building. Also amazingly, that same morning of 7/7 in London, Visor( Crisis) Consultants was running a terror drill simulating bomb attacks at the very same train stations as the actual bombings.
More coincidences - MH370 disappeared same time/area as a US- led military drill was occurring in the South China Sea; MH17 was destroyed when another coincidental US/NATO military exercise was being conducted nearby. Murderous Hoaxes aided by owned MSM.
Formerly ******
@suewilliams321:
Wow, you know everything. You're the greatest sleuth in the history of the world. Just one very important question, do you know if Santa Clause will be coming to town this year?
@suewilliams321:
哇,你知道的一切。你在世界史上最偉大的偵探。只是一個非常重要的問題,你知道是否聖誕老人會來鎮今年?
mercedes2233
What about you? You don't seem involved.

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