Date
19 September 2017
Rita Fan has refused to have any hand in a plan by student protesters to deal directly with the central government. Photo: CNSA
Rita Fan has refused to have any hand in a plan by student protesters to deal directly with the central government. Photo: CNSA

Rita Fan: Students deliberately breaking the law

Former Legislative Council president Rita Fan is calling on student protesters to cancel a planned visit to Beijing to discuss political reform.

Fan, the lone Hong Kong representative to the Chinese legislature, sent a strongly worded letter to the students after they asked her to arrange a meeting with Beijing officials.

On Thursday night, the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) said it will send three representatives to Beijing on Saturday.

HKFS secretary general Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Eason Chung, will press for talks with Premier Li Keqiang or representatives from the National People’s Congress, public broadcaster RTHK reported Friday.

Fan said the ongoing street protests have caused enough hardship to ordinary people.

“What will I say to law-abiding citizens if I offer help in arranging the meeting,” she said.

Fan criticized the students for defying a High Court injunction to leave the streets, saying they are deliberately breaking the law.

Hong Kong has a bright future as long as the rule of law and the freedom of citizens are respected and everybody takes responsibility, she said.

Frederick Ma, former secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, said the students’ actions are nothing more than an attempt to attract media attention and will not lead to any material result.

He said Beijing has heard the aspirations of Hong Kong people through the democracy protests.

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