Date
18 October 2017
Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying (R), in a television interview, has blamed foreign forces for encouraging the pro-democracy protests in the city. Photo: YouTube
Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying (R), in a television interview, has blamed foreign forces for encouraging the pro-democracy protests in the city. Photo: YouTube

Leung says ‘external forces’ at work in Occupy protests

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying said “external forces” were playing a hand in the pro-democracy protests that are now into their fourth week in the city.

The Occupy movement has developed into something that is uncontrollable, and it’s certain that some external forces have joined it, Leung said during an interview with ATV World’s Newsline program. 

The external forces that are encouraging the mass sit-ins are from different countries, he said, without identifying them, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

“I shan’t go into details but this is not entirely a domestic movement.”

“I have said that this is a political movement that has gone out of control, even for people who started it, planned it, for people who scripted it.”

Leung said he hopes to end the current standoff through a scheduled dialogue with representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students on Tuesday.

However, he reiterated that civil nomination of candidates for the chief executive election — a key demand of the student protesters — does not conform to the Basic Law. The administration will find it difficult to submit a supplementary report on political reform to the National People’s Congress, Leung added.

Asked if the government would promise not to use force to clear out the demonstrators, Leung did not say yes or no. The police will continue take a tolerant stance, but will strive to prevent any crisis, he said. Leung added that he hopes the movement will end in a peaceful way.

When asked whether he will run for a second term in 2017, Leung declined to comment on the matter.

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