Date
22 November 2017
Lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung said the protests are adversely affecting Hong Kong's daily life and social order. Photo: HKEJ
Lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung said the protests are adversely affecting Hong Kong's daily life and social order. Photo: HKEJ

Pro-Beijing lawmakers urge protesters to stop Occupy campaign

At least 27 pro-establishment lawmakers have urged protesters to stop their Occupy campaign and sit down with the government to find a way to break the impasse, Commercial Radio reported Friday.

Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said he understands that students care about Hong Kong’s future and their passion to pursue their dreams.

However, he said he feels deep concern over their “illegal” campaign of occupying major thoroughfares, which have crippled parts of the city, adding that the situation has become quite serious.

“It has already affected citizens’ daily life and social order, and even seriously impeded emergency services. And the Chief Executive Office, the government headquarters and the Legislative Council building have been clogged, which is unacceptable,” Tam said.

He supported police efforts in maintaining social order, and urged protesters to “take a pause and think carefully”, the report said.

“Some foreign investors have postponed their development plans in Hong Kong,” Ming Pao Daily quoted Executive Councilor Lam Kin-fung as saying.

“The Occupy Central movement has undermined the economic development and threatened Hong Kong’s status as a global financial center, which will make our neighbors happy,” Lam said.

Yiu Si-wing, a lawmaker for tourism constituency, said some countries have already issued travel alert for Hong Kong. There are also reports of tourists canceling their reservations, which will deal a heavy blow on retailers, restaurants and the tourism sector, he added.

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