With students set to meet with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam on Friday, Occupy Central is calling for talks to restart political reform.
Chan Kin-man, a co-founder of Occupy Central, hit out at the tough action ordered by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying against protesters including the use of pepper spray and tear gas, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
Chan accused the Leung administration of delaying the resolution of the street standoff so that mounting public dissatisfaction with the demonstrators would derail the civil disobedience campaign. The later an agreement is reached, the more favorable it is for the government, he said.
The Occupy campaign led by the Hong Kong Federation of Students is now in its 12th day.
As 80 percent of the protesters are youngsters, Leung is fighting with the whole post-80s generation, Chan said.
He welcomes Lam as head of the government team for the talks with the students and hopes there will be a breakthrough, according to the report.
If protesters refuse to withdraw from the streets when the talks start, Chan proposed to lobby them.
He called on the demonstrators to not interfere with the daily life of residents.
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