Li’s Visit Met with Protests
The vice premier of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),
Li Keqiang, started his 2-day visit to Hong Kong on Aug. 16.
This visit is considered by the outside world as his show case
before ascending to the position of premier.
Hong Kong authorities deployed
close security forces to impede the folk demonstrations,
only to be condemned by pro-democratic political parties,
This has caused wide-spread disappointment among
Hong Kongers about the “one country, two system” policy.
Hong Kong officials deployed 2000 high-level security guards
from the air, land and sea forces,
and 100 police cars stationed around Li Keqiang’s hotel.
Rights groups such as the LSD and April Fifth Action,
who protested outside his hotel, demanding the release of
dissents and closure of one party ruling, clashed with police.
During Li Keqiang’s attendance at the 100th anniversary
of the Hong Kong University on August 18,
police sealed off the campus from protesting students
wearing shirts with “Redress the Tiananmen Massacre.”
The legislative council member, Leung Kwok-hung, along
with dozens of LSD members were intercepted by police.
Li Keqiang, the former president of the Beijing University
Student Union, gave a speech in English at the ceremony.
The protesting students raised four proposals regarding
the university’s violation against its own principles.
They request for redressing the Tiananmen Incident of 1989.
Hong Kong University Student Union executive
Samuel Li expressed in tears his fury of the university.
Samuel Li: “I do hope the university can refrain from
flattering the CCP, but defend the values of the university,
and truly make this university a place of freedom.”
In his attendance to the HMS Tamar ceremony later that
afternoon, protest groups including the Civic Party,
Democrat Party, The Hong Kong Alliance, People Power
and the Catholic group came to demonstrate,
with a wooden coffin of the LSD, confiscated by the police.
Leung Kwok-hung (legislative council member):
“Police confiscation of our coffin,
which was meant for mourning the victims of the Tiananmen
Incident in 1989, blatantly violated the Constitution.”
Mr. Wong in Laguna City, wearing one of the protest shirts,
petitioned for a general election during Li Keqiang’s visit
to the Hong Kong Indemnificatory residences community
on August 16, only to be seized by the police.
The Hong Kong Alliance president Lee Cheuk-yan criticized
Li Keqiang for his show case visit.
Lee Cheuk-yan: “During Li Keqiang’s Hong Kong visit,
the Hong Kong government took measures
to censor any anti-CCP activities, demands for democracy,
and the redress of Tiananmen Movement, all for Li Keqiang.
Hong Kong somehow transformed into a China-featured city,
where its indigenous freedom of speech was disregarded.”
During his visit, Li Keqiang was accompanied by a number
of China’s financial industry heads,
such as the Commerce Secretary Chen Deming,
the president of Central Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan
and the director of National Development and Reform
Commission, Zhang Ping.
Li Keqiang announced on August 17 the six measures
to support Hong Kong business and trade,
including expanding Hong Kong’s RMB business and the
relaxation of Service Trade between China and Hong Kong.
Audrey Eu Yuet-mee (legislative council member):
“Hong Kong’s economy relies on itself for prosperity,
and can thrive without the CCP‘s assistance.
Hong Kong’s development relies on the institutions of our own,
and we hope general election comes soon
even under the “one country, two system” policy.”
Upon learning that the Governor of Calif. was coming to visit,
Hong Kong critic Willy Lam said on Apple Daily that
Beijing’s intellectual circle believes that
Li is relatively closer to the CCP’s premier Wen Jiabao.
When Li was studying at Beijing University, he made speeches
about universal values and western political systems.
Comparing to the fifth generation of the CCP leaders,
including vice premier Xi Jinping,
Li is more supportive of a political reform.
However, his priority is still “stability maintenance.”
Willy Lam: “Li Keqiang was in charge of the economic
department in the Politburo’s Standing Committee,
to whom people don’t show much expectation
on his chance to get into Hong Kong politics,
knowing that it is Xi Jinping, CCP’s Vice Secretary General,
whose major duty is the Hong Kong affairs.”
During his visit to Hong Kong in 2008, Xi Jinping urged
the executive, legislative and judicial personnel
to coordinate more tightly the course
of Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.
His speech contradicted the“tripartite” political system in HK
and stirred up Guild protest by Hong Kong’ barristers.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive election held every four years
is commencing next March.
Recently however, a number of Beijing officials interfered
with Hong Kong’s own affairs outright,
to which Hong Kong media condemned the CCP
for its control over the Hong Kong Government,
as well as the objection against Hong Kong’s
being turned into the mainland.
NTD Reporters Lin Xiuyi, Li Yuanhan and Xiao Yu