Hong Kong activists fighting for more democracy today boycotted the visit of Chinese envoy to explain the restrictive electoral reform imposed by Beijing. Police enclave has had to use pepper spray to disperse the activists who have stormed loudly in a building close to the area where the general secretary of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, Li Fei, explained the decision to Beijing not grant full democracy to the British colony.
Li Fei also had to provide explanations over the shouts of protesters stormed the room you did. The first thing I wanted to make clear that China Li Fei was not permitted to be present at local elections (governor) any candidate who is considered disloyal to Beijing. “No one who does not love our country, to Hong Kong or face with the central government will be chief executive,” he said according to Reuters.
Protesters have disrupted the speech, chanted slogans and demanding to elect the next leader of the city in 2017 the Chinese government was committed to implement universal suffrage in local elections from 2017 but with some candidates having their blessing. Given this stance, Occupy Central (OC, the organization that capitalizes on the pro-democracy claims) and other groups demanded the implementation of a system that not only allow citizens to exercise direct vote, but also nominate candidates.
Beijing ‘s proposal makes no concessions to these groups: yes there will be direct vote, but candidates will not be more than two or three and have to be supported by an appointing commission 1,200 members. That committee considered the pro -democracy groups, will filter to ensure that candidates have the approval of the Central Government.
The visit comes a day after activists preached the start of protests and a campaign of “civil disobedience” during a mass demonstration in the streets of the territory. The goal is to overturn the electoral law imposed from Beijing.
Social tensions have been rising in the former British colony since China regained sovereignty in 1997, activists in favor of democracy and threatened to block the financial district of the city if China does not allow opposition candidates can apply for the elections, 2017.