Radical protests will not achieve the desired result in the fight for genuine democracy, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing Executive Councilor Fanny Law.
Law was reacting to an ongoing class boycott by university students demanding true universal suffrage after China announced an election framework that restricts Hong Kong’s choices of candidates for chief executive in 2017.
“Those who are unhappy with Beijing’s decision should take a pragmatic approach. They won’t get what they want through radical movements,” she said.
Fan said Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should hold off meeting with the students until things are calmer.
“They are so emotional and any discussion might only stir up their emotions, without any constructive results.”
Any discussion should take place only after they have calmed down and ended their class boycott.
“I’m happy to see young people care about society,” she said.
However, she said she has mixed feelings about the boycott and about the students’ negative views on China which she attributed to their “limited understanding” of the county.
Fan urged middle school principals to talk with students who may not be aware of the truth.
“There needs to be more conversation with young people, or we could see a strong backlash,” she said.
“The core values of democracy should not be limited to ‘one person one vote’. These should also include tolerance and putting the interests of the whole above everything else.”
Law called on pan-democratic lawmakers to visit the mainland more often to better understand the country.
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