Date
21 August 2017
The Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign has attracted international attention. Photo: HKEJ
The Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign has attracted international attention. Photo: HKEJ

Police must not use force to clear protesters, says Emily Lau

The police must not use force to clear the streets of protesters and must not indulge the triads, the Democratic Party’s Emily Lau said. And they must respect the freedom of speech of Hong Kong citizens.

The Occupy Central movement has aroused international attention after the police used tear gas, Lau said.

She hopes Chief Secretary Carrie Lam can show sincerity in talks with the students, Radio Television Hong Kong reported Monday.

Lau suggested Lam should also hold talks with the three Occupy Central convenors and legislators.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students, meanwhile, said they could not reach a consensus with the government during preparatory talks on a dialogue with Lam.

Some students are determined to stay on the streets and will only leave when the government shows sincerity in having talks, the report said.

But with most protesters having left the area outside the Central government offices, the crisis has eased for the moment, said Law Chi-kwong, an associate professor of the Social Work and Social Administration Department of the University of Hong Kong. This is an agreement to some extent but the problem has yet to be resolved, he said.

Law is not sure that the government will not clear the sit-in for the moment. He said the leaders of the street occupation have “little control” on things and it is hard to tell whether an “uncontrolled situation” will arise.

Law is angry with protesters who are only concerned with the fight for democracy but have no regard for the safety of students, the report quoted him as saying.

–Contact us at [email protected]

AM/JP/JL

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe