Date
23 September 2017
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's satisfaction rating rose 4.3 points to 44.7 from two weeks ago, the latest public opinion poll shows. Photo: Xinhua
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's satisfaction rating rose 4.3 points to 44.7 from two weeks ago, the latest public opinion poll shows. Photo: Xinhua

CY Leung says Occupy to end soon, urges public to spend

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged the public to prepare for spending to support small shops affected by the pro-democracy protest as he expressed hope the Occupy campaign will end soon.

Leung said some protesters are using various excuses to prevent bailiffs from carrying out court injunctions to clear the road barricades, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Wednesday. 

But he said he is confident the police will be able to enforce the law. After the Occupy protest zones are cleared, people are encouraged to spend as a way to support workers in the small shops whose operations have been disrupted by the protest activities.

The latest survey shows an improvement in public satisfaction over Leung’s performance.

According to the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong, Leung’s satisfaction rating rose 4.3 points to 44.7 from two weeks ago. It is still below the passing score of 50 marks, however.

The net score for the government as a whole surged 16 percentage points to minus 8 percent, indicating the public agrees with the government stance of maximum tolerance toward the Occupy protesters.

The survey results came in the wake of court injunctions allowing the clearing of protest sites in Mong Kok.

Police started clearing the barricades in the area on Tuesday, and clashes were reported in the evening with officers using pepper spray to disperse the activists.

About 6,000 police officers will be deployed in two shifts to clear the protest sites on Wednesday.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor urged students to distance themselves from the uncooperative activists as the police clear the protest sites.

Lam said the government is encouraging informal discussions and debates on political reform, but stressed that demanding the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress withdraw its decision on the electoral reform framework for 2017 is “unrealistic”.

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