China: Protests in Hong Kong due to vote on electoral reform
Hong Kong should be able to choose the future head of government freely – but the candidates will choose Beijing itself. A corresponding law will now be adopted, hundreds demonstrators protest.
Parliament in the Chinese special administrative region Hong Kong has begun discussions on a controversial electoral reform. The deputy prime minister Carrie Lam recruited at the beginning of the debate on the legislative package to be voted on Friday. Should the reform fail,’ would the political development grind to a halt’, Lam said.
Seven weeks ago, the Hong Kong government had submitted a bill for the controversial election of the heads of administration in 2017. It does not go the Chinese Special Administrative Region to the demands of a so-called umbrella movement.’ From now on we see no room for any compromise, ” administrative chief Leung Chun Ying said in April.
5000 police and roadblocks
The draft stipulates that the Hong Kong people in the choice of Leung’s successor in 2017, although can vote freely for the first time. However, the candidates will be given by the government in Beijing. Thus an essential requirement of democracy movement has not been met.
The police announced that ensure the vote on the bill with about 5,000 security forces. In addition are some roads leading to government buildings, have been shut down completely.
The opposition deputies held as a sign of protest signs with a cross high. In addition, hundreds of supporters gathered on both political camps in front of Parliament. The deputy Alan Leong called the supporters of the pro-democracy movement to’ continue to struggle’.
According to a survey of three universities in Hong Kong, the proponents of the law in the business metropolis have no majority: 47 per cent of respondents support the plan accordingly. 38 per cent of Hong Kong’s rejected the law on the other hand, 15 percent were undecided.
Because of the dispute over the upcoming elections, it had come in the past year in the former British colony to mass protests: Tens of thousands of protesters demanded the resignation of weeks Leung. Last approximately 12,000 people in Hong Kong in February had demonstrated for more democracy.