Democracy in Hong Kong

Beijing committed to ‘one country, two systems’ says Premier Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang delivers his report during the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress this morning. Photo: Reuters

Beijing will "unswervingly" implement the principles of ‘one country, two systems’ and maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau, Premier Li Keqiang promised in his first annual report.

Wednesday, 5 March, 2014, 1:01pm

Occupy Central critics point to policeman's 2011 death, warn against protest

A wreath in Exchange Square commemorates police officer Lau Chi-kin, who died trying to rescue a disgruntled chicken trader from a footbridge rooftop two years ago. About 100 people yesterday marched in opposition to the Occupy Central movement, saying the fatal 2011accident showed how easily protests can go wrong. Photo: Jonathan Wong

About 100 people yesterday turned out at Central's Exchange Square to mourn a police officer who died after falling off the rain-soaked roof of a footbridge during a farmer's protest in the area two years ago.

17 Jun 2013 - 11:20am 1 comment

Pro-Beijing camp turn to showbiz in suffrage debate

Participants at the forum in Admiralty yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Half a dozen names from the entertainment industry showed up at a forum organised by the Love China-Hong Kong Alliance of Youth Cultural Societies to express their desires for harmony amid what they said was the radical pursuit of democracy.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am 1 comment

Occupy Central provocations won't help to build a consensus

Occupy Central's first deliberation day is more likely to be staged as a propaganda event rather than an honest exercise in public opinion polling. Photo: May Tse

Taking a leaf from "Occupy Wall Street", academics bent on holding Beijing's feet to the fire are organising an "Occupy Central" movement to pressure the central government to succumb to their demands for "true" democracy. Yet Hong Kong's version of "deliberation days" follows the American model in name only.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 5 comments

Tiananmen vigil organiser calls for unity

Lee Cheuk-yan. Photo: Sam Tsang

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of vigil organiser, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said one of the 21 Tiananmen activists wanted by the Communist Party had already arrived in Hong Kong from the United States, ready to join tomorrow's candlelight event to mourn comrades who died in the crackdown.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

June 4 vigil slogan stirs up simmering row in pro-democracy camp

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

They have been accustomed to pressure - mostly coming from a northerly direction - for 20-plus years. But this year, the organisers of the annual June 4 vigil are feeling the heat from an unlikely source much closer to home.

3 Jun 2013 - 5:53am 2 comments

Tiananmen Square crackdown divides Hong Kong's protest movement

About 1,600 protesters joined the march. Photo: Sam Tsang

The emphasis of this year's June 4 night vigil - "Love the country, love the people" - has sparked a row between Hong Kong's veteran democrats and pro-autonomy activists, with the latter claiming that whether the mainland is democratic or not is irrelevant to Hong Kong people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Filibuster saga a reminder that democracy is a messy business

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of Legislative Council. Photo: Edward Wong

After more than 160 hours of "debate" in the Legislative Council, starting on April 24, the budget bill was finally enacted, enabling the legislature to vote through more than HK$350 billion of funding for public expenditure. Hong Kong's unwelcome version of a "fiscal cliff" was narrowly averted after officials issued dire warnings of impending disruption to critical public services, and much drama and altercation in Legco.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

Only real reform can calm Hong Kong's political volcano

Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: SCMP

A chubby, mild-mannered legal scholar seems to be disturbing the sleep of the high and mighty from Hong Kong to Beijing. How else can you explain why four major local business groups denounced Benny Tai Yiu-ting's master plan to Occupy Central next year, including taking out advertisements in major newspapers this week?

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 6 comments

Pan-democrats' proposal may run into brick wall

Elsie Leung fears too many candidates for chief executive.

Elsie Leung Oi-sie said the proposal, which might result in a situation where dozens of candidates ran for chief executive, may not be in line with a NPC Standing Committee decision.

10 May 2013 - 5:45am 4 comments

'One man, one vote' urged for 2017 chief executive panel

Government House in Central welcomes the public on Open Day in March. Pan-democrats say the 2017 chief executive election should be elected by all 3.2 million registered voters in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

The Alliance for True Democracy also proposes that a candidate with the support of at least an eighth of nominating committee members, or with nominations from a certain proportion of the city's voters, should be able to stand for the top job.

9 May 2013 - 7:43am 6 comments

Survey puts social order ahead of freedoms, in blow to Occupy Central

Rev Chu Yiu-ming, Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man, organisers of Occupy Central. Photo: Dickson Lee

The results of a Hong Kong Institute of Education poll were released as the head of Beijing's local liaison office was quoted as saying that the Occupy Central movement - the plan by democracy advocates for a mass demonstration next year - would "destroy law and order".

9 May 2013 - 5:46am 10 comments

Push for one man, one vote to elect committee

Alliance convenor Joseph Cheng

The Alliance for True Democracy will push for the chief executive poll nominating committee to be elected by all Hong Kong voters in 2017, sources say.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am 2 comments

Cross-party platform could solve deadlock over reform

Alan Leong thinks Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing (above) would ensure fair speech. Photo: May Tse

A cross-party platform similar to the format of the Basic Law Consultative Committee established almost three decades ago could help bring about a breakthrough to the apparent political deadlock in the electoral reform, a leading pan-democratic lawmaker suggests.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Democracy battle will cost HK$10m, Occupy Central activists figure

Occupy Central proponent Benny Tai Yiu-ting. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

How much would it cost for the city to achieve democracy? About HK$10 million, according to organisers of a civil disobedience movement to block roads in Central. But big-money donations are not welcome. The Occupy Central organisers say they will accept only individual contributions of no more than HK$10,000.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am 1 comment