Date
11 December 2017
CY Leung insists that universal suffrage will only happen in accordance with the Basic Law. Photo: RTHK
CY Leung insists that universal suffrage will only happen in accordance with the Basic Law. Photo: RTHK

CY Leung tells students on hunger strike to take care

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged students who are on hunger strike to take care of their health as the weather has become cooler in recent days, RTHK reported.

Three members of the student group Scholarism went on an indefinite hunger strike on Monday to press the government to restart a dialogue with students over political reform.

They include the group’s convenor Joshua Wong, university student Isabella Lo, and 17-year-old high school pupil Prince Wong.

However, Leung said any struggle against Beijing’s plans for universal suffrage in 2017 would be “futile” as it would deviate from the Basic Law.

Hong Kong is a society that observes the rule of law, and universal suffrage will only happen in accordance with the Basic Law, he said. Some five million eligible citizens will be allowed to elect the city’s leader for the first time in 2017.

Meanwhile, Wong said the chief executive should “focus his attention on the crux of the issue” rather than telling students to look after their health.

“Instead of asking us to take care of our body, he should take heed of our request to meet officials,” Wong said.

“I just hope that government officials, instead of sending their regards, will seriously consider starting a dialogue with students. What we are asking for is just a meeting with them,” he said.

Wong admitted that the hunger strike is tougher to deal with the temperature dropping to 14 degrees. He urged citizens to go to the Admiralty protest zone to show their support.

Last week, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said talks are unlikely if students insist on what she called “impractical conditions” such as the reversal of the electoral framework set by Beijing in August.

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