Date
18 December 2017
Civic Party leader Alan Leong says students will reciprocate if the government offers something concrete on political reforms.
Civic Party leader Alan Leong says students will reciprocate if the government offers something concrete on political reforms.

Alan Leong: Occupy could cut back if govt shows goodwill

If the government shows sincerity and goodwill to resolve the deadlock on the controversial political reform and universal suffrage proposals, the Occupy protesters could consider cutting down on the area of their street occupation, Civic Party leader Alan Leong said, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Fellow lawmaker Sin Chung-kai from the Democratic Party welcomed Leong’s proposal, the report said.

Cyd Ho of the Labour Party agreed that it will be impossible to persuade the protesters to return home if the government does not offer anything.

Leong said one of the actions the government could take is to allow discussions on the election mechanisms for the 2016 Legislative Council and the 2017 Chief Executive elections.

Legislative Council chairman Jasper Tsang said he supports any discussions that could help in breaking the deadlock, but was worried that the protesters might not reciprocate.

Tsang said one of the problems with the campaign is that it lacks an authoritative and recognized leadership. “My worry is that even if there is someone who is willing to take the lead to accept the government’s goodwill gesture, will the rest of the campaigners comply?”, he said.

Liberal Party vice-chairman Felix Chung said he passed on a request from students to open the Civic Square next to the government headquarters for their protest, in an effort to persuade them to leave the driveways. Chung said he urged the Hong Kong administration to act as a bridge between the central government and the people of Hong Kong.

Leong’s idea is to cut down the number of protest sites from three to one, keeping the last one as the home base of the campaign. The site could be enlarged if the need arises.

Meanwhile, both the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and the Scholarism group said they will not retreat unless the government responds to all of the four requests put forward at the meeting with government officials last month.

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