Date
17 December 2017
Wang Dan (inset) says he may file a case against CY Leung at the International Court of Justice if the Hong Kong government uses brute force on student pro-democracy activists. Photo: AFP
Wang Dan (inset) says he may file a case against CY Leung at the International Court of Justice if the Hong Kong government uses brute force on student pro-democracy activists. Photo: AFP

Wang Dan warns of possible ICJ petition against Leung

Wang Dan, a Chinese democracy campaigner who was involved in the 1989 protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, warned Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying against using violent means to quell the ongoing Occupy campaign.

If the administration uses violence on the students and causes bloodshed, a case will be filed against Leung at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Wang said, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Speaking at a forum in Taiwan, the activist said he had been in touch with lawyers in a bid to gather forces with some human rights organizations and take possible legal action against Leung.

The Occupy Movement has heralded a new era in the region and already borne some fruit, Wang said.

He noted that civic power and online youth activism has dealt a big blow to Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party in the just-concluded local elections on the island. The vote offers a lesson to those who seek to toe China’s line without responding to local aspirations, he said.

Wang urged the Hong Kong government to show restraint on the students who have been occupying some streets in the city for more than two months as part of a democracy campaign.

Lu Ping, former director of Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center, said at the same forum that Taiwanese have been dismayed as Hong Kong people haven’t been given true universal suffrage.

The elections results in Taiwan show that if politicians lean closer to Beijing, they will receive lesser support from voters, Lu added.

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