As Hong Kong prepares to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the 2014 pro-democracy street protests, an anti-Occupy group has fired a fresh salvo against the leaders and participants of the movement, saying the activists had failed to introspect and show repentance over their conduct.
“I have not seen leaders and participants of the Occupy movement sincerely repent what they had done,” said Stanley Ng Chau-pei, spokesman of the pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD).
People should not forget the negative consequences of the Occupy protests, Ng told Ming Pao Daily.
Hong Kong cannot afford a repeat of such events, he added in an interview given ahead of the Sept. 28 anniversary of the start of the Occupy Central protests.
While he admitted that he has no idea at the moment on how Beijing can improve relations with Hong Kong, Ng — who is also chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions and a deputy to China’s National People’s Congress — said people should not put the cart before the horse by blaming Beijing for what happened last year.
The Occupy leaders, participating entities and the media that supported them should ask themselves what they had done and how much cost the society had to pay for their actions, Ng said.
He singled out Occupy Central movement co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting for criticism, saying that it was absurd that a legal academic could call on citizens to disobey the law.
Tai is an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong.
The civil disobedience called for by Occupy leaders was nothing but a beautiful package aimed at covering up illegal behavior, Ng said.
In other comments, he said that Hong Kong was fortunate as the government was able to overcome the city’s most severe crisis in almost two decades.
If the Occupy protests had continued, the city would have been wracked by instability and economic downturn like what happened in Egypt amid the so-called Arab Spring revolution, Ng said.
Responding to a question as to when it may be proper for the government to re-launch the political reform package, which was voted down by legislators in June, Ng said progress can made only if the pan-democratic camp is willing to adopt a totally different attitude.
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