Date
11 December 2017
Martin Lee says Hong Kong people should show China how they feel about democratic reform. Photo: HKEJ
Martin Lee says Hong Kong people should show China how they feel about democratic reform. Photo: HKEJ

Martin Lee: Referendum make-or-break for HK democracy

Hong Kong’s upcoming referendum on electoral reform is make-or-break for democracy, says Democratic Party founder Martin Lee who is calling on voters to make their voice heard.

Lee urged moderate democrats to focus on voter turnout, not on the proposals, in the June 22 exercise organized by Alliance for True Democracy, a group of pan-democrats fighting for universal suffrage.

“We are not voting for the proposals but for democracy,” Lee was quoted as saying by Apple Daily on Wednesday.

The most important thing is to have a high voter turnout so Hong Kong people can demonstrate to Beijing how they feel about democratic reform, he said.

Lee is urging 100,000 to 200,000 people to turn out on voting day, government broadcaster RTHK reported.

The referendum will ask voters to decide on proposals relating to public nomination for the next chief executive election.

The proposals are based on the results of a May 6 referendum, also conducted by the alliance, in which voters overwhelmingly supported civil nomination for Hong Kong’s next chief executive.

Lee backs this method against a proposal by the pro-Beijing camp to select the candidates through a 1,200-member nomination committee culled from the existing election committee over which Beijing holds considerable influence.

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