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Hong Kong Politics

Occupy Central volunteer charged over July 1 protest

A volunteer at the office of the Occupy Central movement was arrested yesterday for her part in the July 1 demonstrations of 2011, prompting questions as to why it took police nearly two years to act.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 5:45am 3 comments

Lawmakers inch ahead on budget amid bargaining

Proceedings in the Legislative Council were a little faster yesterday, with filibustering lawmakers getting through seven debate sessions - almost double the number they managed over the six previous days - as deliberations over the budget bill dragged on.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

Claudia Mo warns of 'Big Brother culture' in Civic Party

Maverick lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching of the Civic Party has warned of a "Big Brother culture" in the party leadership, after a rift surfaced with a former chairman over the government's Sichuan earthquake relief donation.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

The key step to universal suffrage

On April 24, I announced the launch of Hong Kong 2020 to provide a platform for seeking views on how, as a community, we can work towards a consensus on the constitutional changes necessary to achieve full universal suffrage for election of the chief executive in 2017 and all members of the Legislative Council by 2020.

8 May 2013 - 4:23am 7 comments

Tsang agrees to ask radicals to stop filibustering

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah will meet four radical pan-democrats on Friday to convince them to stop the filibustering that is blocking the passage of the budget bill, as it edges closer to the government's self-imposed deadline in mid-May.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am 1 comment

Push for one man, one vote to elect committee

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

Lawyer calls for committee to gauge poll views

Senior counsel Jat Sew-tong, who is chairman of two influential statutory bodies - the Independent Police Complaints Council and the Minimum Wage Commission, said a highly respected figure should chair such a committee.

6 May 2013 - 5:00am

Cross-party platform could solve deadlock over reform

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

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

Legco should stop the farce and get to work

The public can be excused for being outraged as the legislature degenerates into a political circus. Just a week into the tiring tactic of filibustering, mounted by a handful of rebel lawmakers, the scrutiny of bills has been suspended, panel sessions disrupted and meetings aborted due to insufficient attendance, while hours are spent counting quorums and some play pranks in lifts to delay attendance.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 11 comments