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HK Student Representatives Will Travel To Beijing For Appeal

Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) announced that, three representatives will visit Beijing, to hopefully appeal to party leaders and the NPC delegates for general democratic elections. At the same time, injunctions ordering the cleanup of occupied areas are extended, as requested by Hong Kong taxi and light bus groups. Details were also released on punishing violators of the order. What is the next step for Hong Kong’s democratic movements seeking general democratic elections? 2014-11-15 03:19 AM EST Last Updated: 2014-11-15 03:23 AM EST
Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) announced that, three representatives will visit Beijing, to hopefully appeal to party leaders and the NPC delegates for general democratic elections. At the same time, injunctions ordering the cleanup of occupied areas are extended, as requested by Hong Kong taxi and light bus groups. Details were also released on punishing violators of the order. What is the next step for Hong Kong’s democratic movements seeking general democratic elections?

Alex Chow Yong-Kang, the secretary general of HKFS, said on Nov.13 that he and 2 other HKFS representatives would take the flight to Beijing at 5 p.m. on 15th. They will request a meeting with Li Keqiang and other Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders, to directly reflect Hong Kong people’s demands for general democratic elections.

Chow said, if Beijing denied their entry at immigration, then the CCP are telling the world that they are afraid of listening to the Hong Kong people’s voice. If that happens, resistance from Hong Kong will only become stronger.

According to a statement by HKFS, the visit to Beijing has two purposes: first, to convey the real will of HK people to CCP leaders, such that they will not make wrong decisions based on false information; second, remonstrate against forcibly imposing the CCPs regime on Hong Kong.

HKFS said, the travel to Beijing is a compelling move. It has no intent to challenge the CCPs authority, or the “One Country, Two Systems” principle.

In addition, HKFS said they would ask Hong Kong residents to write down their political opinions on the three “We Want Real General Democratic Elections” banners placed at occupied areas. The banners will then be brought to Beijing by the representatives.

Ma Ngok, associate professor of political science at CUHK: They feel that the HK government cannot deliver messages for them so they should directly visit Beijing to speak for themselves. However, I think they will have little chance to meet CCP central officials in Beijing.

Ma said if CCP officials refuse to meet HK student representatives, this can also be regarded as an indication of their attitude toward HK people. In addition, Beijing may have to take back its decision if they positively respond to students’ demands. Previously, students received no response when they asked former HK chief executive Chee-Hwa Tung to contact Beijing. Ma thus believes that HKFS has no other choice but to directly visit Beijing.

Editor-in-chief of Open Magazine Jin Zhong told RFI that, according to Article 62 Section 11 of the CCP’s Constitution, improper decisions by the NPC Standing Committee can be changed or canceled. Based on this, Occupy Central protesters are directing to demand cancellation or revision of the NPC’s Aug 31 decision on HK chief executive election.

On the other hand, Ming Pao learned from mediators between students and HK government that they were told by Beijing that the CCP would not compromise. HKFS representatives will not be allowed to enter Beijing. They will be directly sent back to Hong Kong via air.

A short time ago, the CCP mouthpiece Global Times reported: HKFS representatives are not eligible to request a meeting with CCP central officials or NPC leaders. The best option is to block them at immigration, if technically doable.

Meanwhile, the conflicts around occupied areas in Hong Kong are turning worse.

On No.14, HK High Court extended an injunction over occupied areas in Mongkok and Admiralty, upon request by HK taxi and light bus groups. The judge also added details about punishment against those resisting police in executing the order.

Hong Kong legal workers are questioning the court decision.

Apple Daily quoted Mr. Henry Litton, senior legal professional and a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal, questioned the court decision. Litton said it was odd for the court to issue injunctions in a situation that Chiu Luen Public Light Bus Limited, the plaintiff, did not give any plan of area cleaning. Litton said he was further astonished by the fact that the plaintiff never executed the order after the injunction was issued. Litton said it is “unimaginable” to issue a second order when the first order was not even being executed.

Previously, Litton also commented on the injunction : a civil court process was being invoked for what I feel is a public order issue.

An Apple Daily report quoted Johannes Chan, the Dean of the Faculty of Law for the University of Hong Kong. Chan criticized that the HK government is planning to use massive police power in executing an injunction order resulting from a civil suit, which is completely incorrect in legal procedure.

Alan Leong, member of HK Legislative Council and senior lawyer: for a civil suit to request police help in executing the injunction order, I have never seen things like this throughout my 30 years of being a lawyer.

Alan Leong said, the injunction order muddles between decisions of civil court and criminal court, and thus disrupts the convention that it is the government that brings public order issues to suit.

Ma Ngok further commented that, even if police clear occupied areas in Mongkok and Admiralty, student protesters can still move to other places. Therefore Occupy Central will not easily see an end if the HK government denies any kind of political reform.

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