» 07/15/2014, 00.00
HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong government omits Occupy Central from its report to Beijing
The report is supposedly based on five months of consultation with Hong Kong residents, but its content reflects what Beijing wanted. According to the document, 'mainstream opinion' wants no change. Occupy Central movement is backed by Card Zen and Hong Kong's three new auxiliary bishops.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - In its
reports on Hong Kongers' views about democracy, the
Hong Kong government has no room for the Occupy Central movement
nor the pro-democracy rallies, or the pressures by
academic, business and political leaders
in favour of universal suffrage.
In two reports -
one delivered today by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to Hong Kong's
Legislative Council, and one that will be delivered by Chief Executive Leung
Chun-ying to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in Beijing -
the government stated that "mainstream opinion" in Hong Kong wants the 1,200-member
nominating committee, with mostly Beijing appointees, to have the power to
elect the special region's next leader.
recent months, the Occupy
Central movement tried to
raise public awareness in favour of universal suffrage
and the direct election of the chief
executive. In order to press its cause, they organised sit-ins,
and eventually an unofficial
referendum that attracted 800,000 voters. A few
days later, at least 510,000 people took part in the march
for democracy on 1 July.
executive simply dismissed such events because "their views remain divergent". Instead,
the report claims that the people of Honk Kong
do not feel any need for a more democratic Legislative Council, where only half
of all seats are elected by universal suffrage.
Beijing's wishes, the report goes on to say
that the new chief executive, set to take office in 2017,
should also "love the country [i.e. China] and love Hong
recent days, Card
Joseph Zen and the
diocese's three new auxiliary bishops expressed their support for the pro-democracy
campaign. The prelates asked the chief
executive to delay the presentation
of his report to Beijing, to
allow for a more thorough dialogue with the people.
Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's report to lawmakers summarised public
views gathered during a five-month consultation, many Honk Kongers believe that
it reflects what was already decided five months ago. In other words, either there
was no consultation or the consultation was phoney.
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As mainland officials to discuss Hong Kong's future, Occupy Central prepares "waves" of protests
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MYANMAR - VATICAN
“Hectic hours” before pope's arrival in Yangon, Catholics to help pilgrims
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