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    » 07/03/2006, 00.00


    Chief executive's silence over universal suffrage comes in for criticism

    Some lawmakers criticise Donald Tsang for his attitude towards the July 1 pro-universal suffrage march. More than 58,000 people, 28,000 according to police, participate in the event.

    Hong Kong (AsiaNews/SCMP) – Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's silence was disrespectful to tens of thousands of people who yesterday demonstrated in support of universal suffrage, this according to some members of Hong Kong Legislative Council. The lawmakers vowed to grill Mr Tsang during his question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council next Monday if he continued to shy away from the issue like his predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa, did after the July 1 march in 2003.

    "Mr Tsang should give a formal response. He should see for himself that nearly 60,000 people turned out in what he described as a harmonious society," said Civic Party legislator Ronny Tong Ka-wah.

    Last night, Anson Chan Fang On-sang, chief secretary in the last British colonial administration, who stole the limelight at the march, said she was happy with the turnout. She declined to comment further, saying only that she would have something to tell the public within the next few days. Many hope she will announce her candidacy to the post of chief executive

    The march was a success under the banner of "Justice, Equality, Democracy". Independent estimates put the number at around 58,000 compared to 28,000 by the police.

    During the rally, organisers stressed that they did not seek a direct confrontation with Beijing or the Hong Kong government, but only the implementation of Deng Xiaoping's principle of "one country, two systems".

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    15/06/2009 HONG KONG – CHINA
    From Tiananmen to the July 1st march: youth participation on the rise
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    28/06/2006 Hong Kong – China
    Anson Chan to attend 1 July democracy march

    The ex-secretary general, much loved by the people, has decided to commit herself publicly to striving for democracy in the territory.

    13/12/2007 HONG KONG - CHINA
    Donald Tsang in Beijing: universal suffrage for 2012; no, rather 2017
    Majority of Hong Kong’s citizens want democracy soon, but according to the territorial government (held back by Beijing) it is better to delay until 2017. Resistance is registered above all among parliamentarians close to China and trade, fearful of the “damage” democracy could provoke.

    06/03/2007 HONG KONG
    Anson Chan’s plans for full democracy
    Hong Kong’s popular former chief secretary wants to abolish uninominal functional constituencies and regroup them so that they represent broader interests and have a wider electoral base.

    18/06/2010 HONG KONG – CHINA
    Donald Tsang (and China) loses TV debate on democracy
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