Date
21 September 2017
Former justice minister Elsie Leung dismisses suggestions the PLA could be called in to quell Occupy Central. Photo: HKEJ
Former justice minister Elsie Leung dismisses suggestions the PLA could be called in to quell Occupy Central. Photo: HKEJ

Elsie Leung fears violent end to Occupy Central

Former justice minister Elsie Leung Oi-sie said she fears the Occupy Central will end in violence, just like the scuffles at the Legislative Council building Friday over a development in the New Territories, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

But Leung, deputy director of the Basic Law Committee, dismissed suggestions that the People’s Liberation Army could be called in, leading to a repeat of the 1989 June 4 crackdown on the mainland.

The suggestions surfaced in the wake of the State Council’s white paper on the “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong. Leung said the PLA’s role is to maintain security and help with disaster relief.

“Some people are very scared that the [Chinese] army would repeat the political upheaval of June 4 – but it won’t,” she said.

Occupy Central movement founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting said the campaign’s goal is to fight for genuine universal suffrage.

It is non-violent, and “has never challenged the country’s sovereignty” nor the “one country, two systems” policy, Tai said.

He also countered Leung’s claim that the June 22 poll on political reform is not legally binding, saying the exercise will have political impact, and that the turnout and result will influence parties in talks to come, the report said.

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