Legislation 'will prove acceptable'
The two amended civil liberties laws will prove acceptable to Hong Kong people, says post-handover executive councillor Leung Chun-ying.
He said: 'The people's concern is whether a balance between civil liberties and social order can be struck.
'I believe both the spirit and content of the two legislations will be acceptable to them.' Mr Leung said it was the wording of the ordinances that was under dispute and that would be resolved through consultation.
He added the amendments were not aimed at any individual or political party.
'It is impossible to state clearly in legal terms which organisations will not be sanctioned, but you will know after the handover no one is being targeted.' He said the restrictions were an international practice among democracies to prevent foreign countries meddling in local politics.
China was exempted, however, because it could influence local politics under the Basic Law if it wanted to do so.