Date
20 August 2017
HKU's new law dean Michael Hor Yew Meng said Occupy Central is fighting for democracy and universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Photo: Ming Pao Daily
HKU's new law dean Michael Hor Yew Meng said Occupy Central is fighting for democracy and universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Photo: Ming Pao Daily

Occupy Central will not undermine rule of law: HKU law dean

Michael Hor Yew Meng, the new dean of the University of Hong Kong’s faculty of law, said Occupy Central will not undermine Hong Kong’s rule of law as it does not advocate any violation of the law, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

Hor said the movement is fighting for democracy and universal suffrage in Hong Kong. It is being pursued not for the personal benefit of its leaders, but for the sake of the entire Hong Kong and even China, he said.

Hor said he agreed that judges must be patriotic, as the State Council noted in its white paper on the “one country, two systems” policy for Hong Kong. But he stressed that “patriotic” means judges should interpret the law and make their judgments based on the welfare and interest of the whole society.

Meanwhile, more cases of employees and residents allegedly being forced by their superiors to support the anti-Occupy Central signature campaign have been reported. 

A Hong Kong employer working in a mainland firm said his boss, who is a delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), demanded that all his employees sign the anti-Occupy Central forms, as his boss revealed that all CPPCC delegates were asked to submit 2,000 signatures to oppose Occupy Central, according to a separate report by Apple Daily.

The campaign aims to gather 800,000 signatures to denounce protest activities by the Occupy Central movement, and its organizers said nearly 400,000 signatures have been gathered in the first two days of the campaign.

In a radio program of Radio Television Hong Kong on Saturday, a resident said she was asked by someone from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong to endorse the anti-Occupy Central without giving her any explanation when she was joining a class on Cantonese opera.

Another resident said in the same talk show that he was forced by his superior in a mainland-owned firm to sign an anti-Occupy Central form and was told that this may affect his promotion and pay rise.

But Cheng Yiu-tong, a member of the Executive Council and chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, played down the residents’ claims, saying they will not violate any law if they do not sign the forms.

Cheng also said he believes Beijing will reject the proposal for civil nomination of candidates to the 2017 chief executive election.

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