Date
19 August 2017
Alex Chow takes to the podium to deliver the students' response after a meeting with a government panel Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Alex Chow takes to the podium to deliver the students' response after a meeting with a government panel Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Students slam ‘vague’ govt proposals on political reform

Student leaders are accusing the government of not doing enough to resolve the ongoing political stand-off by talking about future election issues, RTHK reported Wednesday.

Hong Kong people are keen to resolve issues relating to the 2017 chief executive election, the main sticking point for the pro-democracy protesters, before any discussion of future elections, Alex Chow, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), said.

Chow’s remarks came after Tuesday’s talks between his group and a government panel in which officials proposed a multi-party platform to discuss Hong Kong’s political development after 2017.

The government also said it will submit a report to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office about the democracy protests, reflecting Hong Kong people’s sentiment to the central government in Beijing.

The students criticized the panel, headed by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, for not offering a time table or road map for achieving genuine universal suffrage.

Chow expressed doubts the government will tackle that issue and other concerns such as the students’ demand for the scrapping of functional constituencies, the report said.

When asked if the street occupation will continue, he said the ball is in the government’s court.

Chow said there was no mention of another round of talks and that he is not sure the government is keen on a solution to their demands.

At a press conference after the meeting, Lam said the government does not expect a consensus in one round of talks.

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