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  • » 06/13/2014, 00.00

    HONG KONG - CHINA

    Card. Zen and Democrats urge participation in referendum. Protests against Beijing's "White Paper"

    Paul Wang

    For the cardinal, participating in the referendum is a way to express the dignity of Hong Kong's people, against those who want to repress or enslave them. The Democrats cancel a meeting with Beijing's representative in the Territory. The White Paper states that Beijing's authority is more important than Hong Kong's "high degree of autonomy" promised by the Basic Law. Judges also have to be submitted as "patriotic administrators." Demonstrators accuse Beijing of considering the Basic Law "waste paper" or "toilet paper".

    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Cardinal Joseph Zen and members of the Democratic Party are urging the people of Hong Kong to cast their vote on the democratic future of the territory by joining in the referendum of June 20-22 launched by the Occupy Central movement. Meanwhile, criticism towards the  Beijing's "White Paper" is increasing as it stresses  China's "comprehensive sovereignty " over any change in Hong Kong.

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, speaking this morning on Commercial Radio, said that the "White Paper" will push even more residents to express their opinion in a referendum. "[This is because] Hongkongers still care about their dignity. They would hit back if they are repressed and forced to be slaves,"

    Today a delegation of the Democratic Party canceled a meeting with the director of the Liaison Office (Beijing's representative in the Territory) to criticize the "White Paper", which reduces the "high degree of autonomy" in Hong Kong.

    The "White Paper" published by Xinhua on June 10 in 7 languages​​, states that the central government in Beijing has "full sovereignty" over the territory; that the "high degree of autonomy" promised to Hong Kong - with the formula "one country, two systems" - should not work to the disadvantage of the formula "one nation." This means that any reforms in Hong Kong must be measured by the good they bring "to the one nation", that is, to China.

    The White Paper also demands a submissive patriotism to Beijing, in short, that all the city's administrators must "love the motherland."

    Administrators include lawyers and judges. Because of this, the Bar association has criticized the document, saying it is "wrong" to put the judges in the category of civil servants and that they always defend the independence of the courts. "Elsewhere - they state  - courts "sing in unison" with the government, but this is not the case in Hong Kong".

    Groups of young people linked to the Occupy Central movement find the Beijing document very serious and troubling. "In this way - they say - the autonomy of Hong Kong and the statement 'one country, two systems' is thrown in the trash". "Beijing treats the Basic Law [the mini-constitution of Hong Kong] like toilet paper."

    For this reason, some young people have burned the White Paper in public; others have shown a roll of toilet paper printed with sections of the Basic Law.

     

     

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    See also

    30/03/2015 CHINA - HONG KONG
    Beijing "defends" the Hong Kong Basic Law but warns: It may fail
    According to a senior Chinese official, the formula "one country, two systems" could be a mistake. For democracy in the former British colony "no need for Beijing to give additional guarantees." The Territory’s residents "have violated the rules, and this does not bring development but social division".

    29/09/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
    Card. Tong: Enough violence in Central, government must put the people first
    An "Urgent Appeal" from the bishop of the Territory to the executive: "Exercise restraint in deployment of force with a view to listening to the voice of the younger generation and of citizens from all walks of life”. Card. Joseph Zen, is on the streets with Occupy Central.

    30/06/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
    Hong Kong's democracy referendum makes history
    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."

    29/09/2016 09:50:00 HONG KONG - CHINA
    Card. Zen to Umbrellas Movement: The Church must denounce injustice. Undeterred

    A Mass in front of Hong Kong parliament to commemorate the pro-democracy demonstrations two years ago. In the city and in particular in Admiralty (where hundreds of thousands of people gathered) another moment with Benny Tai. All demonstrations were conducted at 6 pm, when two years ago the police first launched tear gas. Hopes for the future.

     



    21/07/2016 12:41:00 HONG KONG - CHINA
    Occupy Central: Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow convicted of unlawful assembly

    The three young people who gave rise to the protest of the "umbrellas" will likely face a few years in prison. Occupy Central was born to demand full democracy in the territory. Wong: "We do not regret what we have done." The threat to freedom of expression.





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