Date
19 November 2017
Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying says he will not bow to demands of pro-democracy protesters and quit his post. Photo: RTHK
Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying says he will not bow to demands of pro-democracy protesters and quit his post. Photo: RTHK

Leung reiterates that he will not step down

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying has reiterated that he will not step down from his post despite the pro-democracy protests in the city over the past two weeks, RTHK reported Monday.

The chief executive merely said that the government will continue to show “maximum tolerance” toward the protesters, according to the report.

“We will continue to show maximum tolerance” for the protesters, and a high-tolerance and low-violence approach that is rare even in Western societies,” the report quoted him as saying.

He said the police action Monday morning was carried out without causing a huge conflict, and that it had helped life in Hong Kong get back to normal.

The police dismantled some of the barricades at occupied areas in Admiralty, Central, Wan Chai and Mong Kok.

Civic disturbance cannot go on forever, Leung said, urging protesters to leave the streets.

“Many representatives and lawmakers have arrived at the scene to persuade protesters to leave the streets, but the efforts have not paid off. The situation should not last for long,” he added.

“Police action is not ordered by the Hong Kong government or any regional leader, but it’s a decision made by the commander on the ground,” Leung said in a media briefing in Guangzhou on Sunday.

The Hong Kong leader, in the meantime, reiterated that he never thought of quitting his job and that there is no chance the demands of pro-democracy protesters would be met.

“Like most Hong Kong citizens, I also hope to press forward the universal suffrage in 2017 chief executive election. No matter who is elected, he has to do the job in accordance with the Basic Law. The issue is not about who becomes the chief executive, but about everybody discussing the issues based on the Basic Law,” he added.

A number of taxi drivers, meanwhile, have demanded the police to clear the roads in Admiralty, saying the sit-in by pro-democracy protesters has affected their business and caused a loss of HK$300 to HK$500 for each shift.

A solicitor has said she will seek a court injunction as soon as possible to bar leaders of the Occupy movement from entering some roads in the Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok districts.

Phyllis Kwong, president of the Asia Pacific Law Association, said there are initially seven defendants, including the three organizers of Occupy Central, and the leaders of the Federation of Students and the student group Scholarism.

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