Date
23 August 2017
National People's Congress deputy Rita Fan believes the central government would like Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to finish his term. Photo: HKEJ
National People's Congress deputy Rita Fan believes the central government would like Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to finish his term. Photo: HKEJ

Beijing wants CY Leung to complete term, Rita Fan says

Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress Rita Fan Lai-tai said the NPC is unlikely to change its decision on the arrangements for the 2017 election in Hong Kong unless there are new and powerful reasons for doing so, Ming Pao Daily reported on Wednesday.

Fan refused to comment on whether Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should step down, but said judging from the stance of the central government recently, she reckoned Beijing would like him to finish his term.

Commenting on whether the Occupy campaign will end in the same manner as the bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, Fan said she certainly hopes not, adding, however, that she does not have a say on the matter.

Leaders of both the pan-democratic and pro-establishment camps, along with university officials, have appeal for the Occupy protesters to return home. If police come in to clear the sites, no one can guarantee there will be no injuries, Fan said.

The former Legislative Council president praised the Hong Kong people for their civility and tolerance, saying that they have remained silent in the face of the inconveniences and disruptions to daily life brought by the Occupy campaign.

Fan also praised the police officers for being responsible and loyal, adding that they were only taking orders from their superiors when they deployed tear gas on the protesters.

In a report on Tuesday, Sing Tao Daily quoted her as saying that Hong Kong society is being torn at the family level as conflicts brought by the Occupy campaign continue to spiral.

Fan said she understands the students’ wish to create a better Hong Kong, but criticized them for not considering the whole picture. She said the protesters should realize the different pressures faced by the central government.

She also slammed some media tycoons, religious leaders and foreigners for fueling conflicts in society. She did not name names, however.

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