25 August 2019

Student protesters press meeting with Beijing officials

Student leaders are pressing for a meeting with central authorities in Beijing, saying they will ultimately respond to their request.

They will send representatives as planned to directly express their views to the central government, public broadcaster RTHK reported Wednesday, citing the Hong Kong Federation of Students.

“We believe the central government will eventually respond to our request,” Yvonne Leung, a leader of the student group, was quoted as saying.

HKFS and their democracy supporters want the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, to rescind its proposed election framework for the 2017 chief executive election which gives Beijing control over the nomination process.

They are accusing Hong Kong delegates to the NPC of failing to reflect the wishes of Hong Kong people to Beijing.

Leung said the NPC has the responsibility to revoke “inappropriate decisions”.

HKFS asked former Legislative Council chief Rita Fan to help them get face time with Beijing officials.

An assistant told the students she was out of town, which Leung took to mean she would not oblige, the report said.

Meanwhile, Lau Kong-wah, undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, said the Hong Kong government will submit a “report of public sentiment” to the central authorities.

The report will include views from various parties and the results of a survey and signature campaign by different organizations.

Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki dismissed the report as a stalling tactic, saying it won’t change the NPC decision.

“We are so disappointed,” he said.

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