Date
12 December 2017
The New Macau Association is striving for universal suffrage in the chief executive election in 2019. Photo: Facebook
The New Macau Association is striving for universal suffrage in the chief executive election in 2019. Photo: Facebook

Macau democracy group slams HK govt over police use of force

The Hong Kong government should stop using force to crack down on peaceful protesters and restart the political reform process, a Macau pro-democracy group said.

Hong Kong people are forced to join the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement because the central government has blocked genuine universal suffrage, the New Macau Association said in a statement.

It expresses its “strong anger” that the non-violence protests in Hong Kong are met with pepper spray and tear gas. 

Safeguarding citizens’ right to vote and to be voted is the cornerstone of a democratic society, the association said.

It urged the Hong Kong government to stop deploying force on protesters and send the political reform proposal back to the National People’s Congress.

The government should engage the people in a direct dialogue and start political reform all over again, it said.

The association acknowledges that Hong Kong and Macau have a lot in common and if Hong Kong implements fake universal suffrage in 2017, it will deal an irreversible blow to democratic hopes in Macau.

It calls upon people in Macau to pay close attention to the civil disobedience movement in Hong Kong.

The Association of Juridical and Social Affairs formed by the middle class in Macau also condemns the police force, saying that Hong Kong police has deployed unnecessary force against protesters.

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