Date
18 August 2017
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam exchanges toasts with German Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff at an official reception. Photo: http://www.hongkong.diplo.de
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam exchanges toasts with German Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff at an official reception. Photo: http://www.hongkong.diplo.de

German consul general lauds Hong Kong protesters

Hong Kong’s economy and political development will benefit from the efforts of the young generation, Apple Daily reported Thursday, citing a statement from the German consulate general.

The statement came after German Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff told an official reception on Tuesday that events in Hong Kong during the past few days were “inspiring and emotional”.

“I am not in a position to comment on Hong Kong’s political development publicly, but I do believe that the process of democracy will benefit Hong Kong’s political and even economic well-being,” he said.

Earlier, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission called on Beijing to implement genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong and respect the right of its citizens to protest peacefully.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, the guest of honor at the Shangri-La hotel reception, complained that the five-minute travel to the hotel from government headquarters had taken 30 minutes because of the student protest, the report said, citing activist investor David Webb.

Webb said he walked to the venue and took just five minutes and wondered why going on foot did not occur to Lam.

Meanwhile, a visiting former senior official from Poland said the Polish people support the protesters and are impressed by the conduct of the students.

Andrzej Olechowski, former minister of foreign affairs and finance, said the protest reminds Poles about their own struggle for democracy and fight for freedom from Soviet domination.

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