» 01/18/2010, 00.00
HONG KONG – CHINA
Card Zen calls for referendum to decide Hong Kong’s democracy
Pro-democracy parties want to use by-elections in five Hong Kong constituencies to show how much Hong Kongers want universal suffrage. Surveys indicated that at least 60 per cent of residents want full-fledged democracy. A few days ago, mainland China issued a statement claiming that the referendum is against the territory’s constitution and that such a step cannot be taken.
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Only democracy can guarantee a just society, says Cardinal Zen
For the first time ever the bishop of Hong Kong, Card Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, has taken part in the July 1 pro-democracy march in the Territory ten years after it was returned to mainland China. He makes a strong plea to the government and the population as a whole to choose the way of democracy.
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The unofficial poll attracts 800,000 voters. The Alliance for True Democracy, which supports universal suffrage, wins. Its "three track" proposal would also allow the public, the nominating committee, as well as political parties, to put forward candidates. For organisers, the vote "was the largest scale of expression of public opinion in the city's history."
03/03/2010 HONG KONG
Card. Zen advertises in the press: Vote for Justice and Democracy
Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong appears is in a full page ad in his clerics and in a signed message calls for participation in the elections that have been transformed into a "referendum on democracy." The wrath of Beijing.
24/12/2004 HONG KONG - CHINA
Christmas fosters hope burdened by politicians' 'decadence', says Bishop Zen
Bishop calls on parents to spend more time with children. "Being with them," he says, "is the most precious gift you can offer."
05/05/2010 HONG KONG – CHINA
Justice and peace Commission urges vote for democracy
Many (including Cardinal Zen) view the May 16 by-election as a de facto referendum on universal suffrage. The region’s government has proposed a new package of political reforms (backed by Beijing), which are seen as inadequate by pro-democracy parties and Catholics.
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