Date
21 August 2017
Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau says her party will not accept step-by-step reform. Founder Law Chi-kwong seeks consensus among Hong Kong people over political reform.  Photos: HKEJ
Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau says her party will not accept step-by-step reform. Founder Law Chi-kwong seeks consensus among Hong Kong people over political reform. Photos: HKEJ

Democratic Party calls for consensus on political reform

A pro-democracy leader wants Hong Kong people to come to a consensus over electoral reform and peacefully resolve their differences over Occupy Central.

Democratic Party founder Law Chi-kwong urged a peaceful discussion of a planned civil disobedience action by Occupy Central and a counter-offensive by groups opposed to it, government broadcaster RTHK reported Sunday.

Law supports public nomination of candidates for the 2017 chief executive election and universal suffrage.

He said most Hong Kong people want universal suffrage in a peaceful way, with Occupy Central playing a role in spurring them to focus on the election reform issue.

However, he said he will join Occupy Central’s planned action if Beijing denies universal suffrage to Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau said the party will fully engage Occupy Central and will not compromise if Beijing insists on screening candidates aspiring to become Hong Kong’s next leader, the report said.

She said the party will not accept step-by-step election reform or fake election.

Also, it will not force its members to participate in any action by Occupy Central but said many are ready for it.

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