Date
20 September 2017
Lawmaker Claudia Mo (left) and Gary Fan Kwok-wai said Beijing has distorted the definition of “one country, two systems”. Photo: RTHK
Lawmaker Claudia Mo (left) and Gary Fan Kwok-wai said Beijing has distorted the definition of “one country, two systems”. Photo: RTHK

Protesters burn Beijing’s white paper on ‘one country’

Protesters burned copies of Beijing’s white paper on “one country, two systems” outside the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong Wednesday, RTHK reported.

Protesting groups were members of the Democratic Party and the Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, the Labour Party, the Federation of Students and the League of Social Democrats.

Claudia Mo and Gary Fan Kwok-wai, members of Hong Kong First, accused Beijing of “twisting” the definition of “one country, two systems” and threatening Hong Kong’s autonomy, which is enshrined in the Basic Law, the report said.

“Beijing’s move is unprecedented since the handover, which shows that it has no confidence in having control over Hong Kong,” Fan was quoted saying.

He urged Hong Kong citizens to participate in the June 22 civil referendum and take to the streets on July 1 to fight Beijing.

On Tuesday, the State Council released the unprecedented white paper in which it emphasized it has absolute authority over Hong Kong and that the city’s high degree of autonomy comes “solely from authorization by the central leadership.”

It said that there are many wrong views and perceptions in Hong Kong about the “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law.

The white paper also warned of “outside forces” attempting to use the city to interfere in China’s “domestic affairs”.

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Labour Party, said the white paper showed that Beijing is determined to put its foot down over Hong Kong’s political development, the RTHK report said.

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