Date
22 October 2017
King's College alumni said CY Leung failed to abide by the school's guiding principles in handling the pro-democracy protests. Photo: HKEJ
King's College alumni said CY Leung failed to abide by the school's guiding principles in handling the pro-democracy protests. Photo: HKEJ

King’s College alumni slam CY Leung over handling of protests

More than 200 alumni and students of Hong Kong’s most elite public secondary school, King’s College, criticized their school mate Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for his poor handling of the pro-democracy protests, RTHK reported on Tuesday.

In a strongly worded statement, they said Leung ignored the public’s demand for genuine universal suffrage and violated the school’s motto of “meticulous thoughts, diligent actions”.

“He has failed to keep promise by shelving a dialogue with students, and neglected his duty for using tear gas against protesters,” the statement said.

‘“It’s never too late to repent,” it said.

The students and alumni also called on Beijing to revoke its restrictive framework for the chief executive election, and restart the public consultation on political reform.

They urged Leung and other government officials to hold frank discussions with students on the raging issue. They also asked the police force to arrest those who have harassed the peaceful protesters and make a public apology for their harsh action against protesters.

Lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah urged the government to resume talks with students as soon as possible as the street occupations had gone for 17 days as of Tuesday. “If the standoff could not be resolved, it might end up tragically,” he warned.

Police have removed the barricades put up by the protesters in Causeway Bay and Admiralty, said Steve Hui Chun-tak, chief superintendent of police public relations branch.

The move will continue in Mong Kok, Hui said, adding that police will inform protesters and ask them to leave ahead of the clearing operations.

Hui also urged protesters to allow lawmakers to enter the Legislative Council building for their Wednesday meeting.

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