Hong Kong’s youthful activists who launched the pro-democracy protest movement will be the city’s leaders in 20 years.
And that worries former justice secretary Elsie Leung, who finds them highly idealistic but unreasonable.
Leung, who is currently deputy director of the Basic Law Committee that advises the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on the Basic Law’s implementation, said in a speech on Thursday that it breaks her heart to see these young people engaged in unlawful acts such as occupying the streets and disrupting people’s lives to get what they want, Apple Daily reported.
She said today’s young people tend to lead a Bohemian lifestyle, and she is wondering how they will build their careers when they grow older.
Her remarks were quite different from those made by US President Barack Obama and Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten, who said the young people in the pro-democracy movement represent Hong Kong’s hope and future.
Leung said it is understandable that some young people joined the protest movement to show their discontent over social and political problems in Hong Kong, but there is no need to resort to illegal actions as issues can be discussed in appropriate forums with the participation of different parties.
On the issue of political reform, Leung said people must understand that Beijing’s decision on the framework for the 2017 chief executive election is totally consistent with the Basic Law, but adjustments could be made as society must progress.
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