Date
21 August 2017
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is flanked by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen in Tuesday's presentation of the government report on political reform. Photo: AFP
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is flanked by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen in Tuesday's presentation of the government report on political reform. Photo: AFP

Groups assail govt report, threaten civil disobedience

Various groups plan to stage civil disobedience following the release of the government report on political reform, in which it branded the turnout of 720,000 people in an unofficial referendum organized by the Occupy Central movement in June as “some opinions”, Apple Daily reported on Wednesday.

The Civil Human Rights Front is considering launching protest actions during the government’s second public consultation on the issue and after the National People’s Congress (NPC) made a ruling on the 2017 chief executive election in August, the report said.

The education sector plans a boycott of classes in September, while People’s Power said it may occupy portions of the Central business district in small-scale actions.

Lester Shum, deputy secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of brushing aside the people’s sentiments when he said in his political reform report to the NPC that the mainstream voices in the city support the view that the chief executive should be patriotic to the country and Hong Kong.

Shum also assailed Chief Secretary Carrie Lam for picking opinions selectively in her report on the first public consultation.

However, Civil Human Rights Front convenor Johnson Yeung said he remains optimistic that the people’s demand for genuine elections will be realized. He said although the government has disregarded the people’s views, it has not completely ruled out public nomination.

This shows that the people’s protest activities have put pressure on the government, he said.

Alliance for True Democracy convenor Joseph Cheng said he was disappointed by the government reports. The coalition will wait after the government has tabled its proposal before it decides on further action.

Benny Tai, a convenor of the Occupy Central movement, said the government reports have misquoted public opinions and some of the content is misleading. He said, however, it would be too early to launch civil disobedience at this stage, according to the newspaper.

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