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Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 08:48

Lam: Govt won’t let ‘Occupy’ drag on

By JOSEPH LI in Hong Kong
Lam: Govt won’t let ‘Occupy’ drag on
Members of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy pose for media after they presented signatures from Hong Kong residents to Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam at the Central Government Offices in Tamar on Monday. The alliance has received more than 1.8 million signatures in its petition against the illegal “Occupy Central” campaign. It has been calling for the clearance of roads occupied by protesters for more than a month and the restoration of order in the SAR. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

The government has a plan to deal with the “Occupy Central” campaign and will not let these illegal activities drag on, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng

Yuet-ngor said on Monday.

She was talking to representatives of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, who submitted an unprecedented 1.83 million signature petition against the occupation to the

government.

The chief secretary said the government would examine the situation and take action to resolve the problem at the right time, adding the government would decide the most appropriate time for this with the police.

But she emphasized that the government knew how to deal with sit-ins. It will not let them linger on and on, Lam emphasized.

About a dozen alliance members provided signatures they had collected over thepast nine days to Lam and Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok.

Speaking after meeting the officials, the alliance’s convener Robert Chow Yung said the petition reflected mainstream public opinion. It was a strong mandate from the people,who wanted the streets cleared and public order restored.

“Almost one in four people signed up within a short period of time. The number of signatures collected is also similar to the voter turn out in the 2012 Legislative Council election. But our campaign has only one single issue,” Chow said.

Chow said: “Hong Kong people have lost patience, but we hope (the clearance of occupation sites) will not result in bloodshed and incidents which are too unpleasant.”

He said that when the occupation was over, the alliance would promote a voter registration campaign. This is to encourage more people to become voters.

As the 2015 District Council and 2016 Legislative Council elections are approaching, he said voters may use the ballot box to vote out those who have thrown Hong Kong into disarray.

The alliance’s spokesman Stanley Ng Chau-pei added that they would seek to meet with opposition lawmakers, student groups Scholarism and Hong Kong Federation of Students. They would ask them to respond to overwhelming mainstream public opinion.

“These people always proclaim to believe in democracy. We hope they will respect public opinion. We will ask them if they have any plans to evacuate the occupied zones,” Ng said.

joseph@chinadailyhk.com
 
 
 
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