“The central government will not rescind its decision,” said Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying adding that he will not step down either, as one protester demanded.
Those were the words Hong Kong’s leader Leung announced on Tuesday while protesters continue to push for democracy.
As pro-democracy protests that have blocked Hong Kong’s streets entered a fifth day, the unequivocal statement from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying does not come as a surprise. Showing a willingness to talk would have made the Chinese leadership in Beijing appear weak, which could embolden dissidents and separatists on the mainland.
Leung, a Beijing appointee who is deeply mistrusted by the people, said that mainland communist leaders would not reverse their August decision requiring a pro-Beijing panel to screen candidates in the territory’s first direct elections, scheduled for 2017.
The protesters’ chief goal is to get Beijing to quit screening the nominees for leadership elections. They want the ability to choose the candidates.
This protest has been called the “Umbrella Revolution” due to the crowds using umbrellas to not only take cover from the sun, but to block pepper spray as well. Political slogans have also been written on the umbrellas.
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