The Hong Kong-America Center of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is not merely an educational institute but also serves as training and support arm for the Occupy Central movement and other radical organizations, Wen Wei Po reported on Wednesday.
The newspaper quoted Lau Nai-keung, a pro-Beijing academic and politician, as saying that Morton Holbrook III, head of the center, is a veteran of US intelligence operations.
“One of the recent activities held by the center was teaching students how to conduct demonstrations and marches,” Lau, a member of the Basic Law Committee, said.
Holbrook was the former boss of the current US Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau Clifford Hart, Lau added.
Lau’s comments came after around 13,000 students staged a sit-in at the Chinese University campus on Monday to protest against Beijing’s restrictions in the election of the next chief executive in 2017.
Student activists from various schools across the territory have been boycotting their classes since Monday as part of the protest actions to press for genuine elections.
Pro-Beijing sources told the newspaper that the United States has been plotting moves to replicate in Hong Kong the “Color Revolutions” in central and eastern Europe, citing a copy of the minutes of the meeting held under the auspices of the Civic Party.
During the meeting, Dan Garrett, a representative from Washington, said the US government is putting in resources to promote democracy movements and other social activities, including organizing youngsters to take up leading roles in the pan-democratic movement in Hong Kong, the newspaper said.
The US operatives reportedly promised students who will lead the protests that they will receive full US backing, including university places and permanent residence overseas.
Responding to the allegations, the Civic Party said in a statement that the alleged minutes were forged documents and that Garrett is just a doctorate student at the City University of Hong Kong.
But Lau said Garrett has served in US special agent services for over three decades. At his age, about 50 to 60, Garrett is unlike the average doctorate student who would be under 30 years old, he added.
Records reveal that Holbrook only took over the director post at the Hong Kong-America Center from Glenn Shive last November, three months after Clifford Hart assumed his post at the US consular office. Shive had been at the center since 2000.
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