OCLP Press Release (issued on 29.9.2014)
The occupy movement has become full-fledged with tens of hundreds of citizens taking to the streets fighting for genuine universal suffrage and supporting the students. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam responded by just postponing the second-round constitutional reform consultation instead of restarting the five-step procedure. We believe the government is just employing delay tactics and waiting for a more favorable timing to implement a fake universal suffrage with screening. This is clearly a disregard for public opinion. Also, Chief Executive CY Leung has been evading the strong request of the public to step down, which does not help resolve the crisis of social disorder triggered by the constitutional reform issue. We believe CY Leung will be condemned by the history of democratic development in Hong Kong.
Carrie Lam said the government will wait for a “favorable condition” to resume consultation on implementing the NPC Standing Committee’s decision on constitutional reform. However, we believe they are just hoping people’s desire for genuine universal suffrage to fade out over time. By delaying the consultation procedure, the government will be able to rush the Legislative Council into passing the fake universal suffrage plan by shortening the time for public discussion.
We must point out that the government’s decision to cancel the firework display on the national day and postpone the consultation on constitutional reform is just aiming to avoid further deterioration in governance and intensification of social conflicts. They are not really making any concessions. In fact the government does not concede even the right to use the Civic Square to the citizens and requires strict adherence to the tightened application requirements. This shows that the government does not have the slightest sincerity and should be condemned.