采访/刘惠 编辑/尚燕 后制/黎安安
The Deadlocked Occupy Central
On the 16th day of Occupy Central, police began to clear
out barricades in the early morning.
The students suspect the police are testing the waters
before clearing the sites.
In an earlier TV interview, the Chief Executive CY Leung
said there was an almost zero chance that the students´
demand to change Beijing´s decision.
Occupy Central is languished and Beijing
could consider sacrificing Leung.
If indeed CY Leung is faced with being abandoned,
what´s on Leung´s mind to save the game?
On Monday morning, the police began dismantling barricades
in Central District and Mong Kok.
It is said to clear major roads of obstacles
and allow the junctions to reopen.
Protesters quickly put on protective gear in case
the police start to clear the area.
The police denied clearing sites, but Scholarism founder
Joshua Wong believed the police are testing the water.
It is to prepare for the clearing by testing the reaction
of the protesters.
Protesters´ wariness of the clearing was due
to the Government holding off dialogue with students
as well as Leung´s earlier talk on Sunday morning
in the TVB program, On the Record, where he called
Occupy Central a “mass movement that has spun
out of control."
Leung also said that if the dialogue is about to overthrow
Beijing´s decision and conduct civic nominations,
“the chance is almost zero."
He said he has never considered resigning.
The situation in Hong Kong languished.
Commentators believe the one considering if Leung should
resign is probably not himself, but indeed someone else.
Asian Newsweek director Huang Jinqiu: “Mr. Leung
Chun-ying may step down due to the recent Hong Kong
media exposure of him illegally accepting
50 million Hong Kong dollars.
The anti-corruption campaign of Mr. Xi Jinping no doubt
target Leung Chun-ying who is thus likely to step down."
Apple Daily commentator Willy Lam analyzed in the article
on 13th that the one who can release such a highly
confidential and destructive “state level secret" would be
the State Security Ministry and the Organization Department
of the regime, as well as approval and instructions from
Central leadership who is in charge of Hong Kong affairs.
Chinese society researcher Zhang Jian: “Beijing is always
According to its own policy, it is possible to save
the regime by sacrificing the insignificant."
Facing the possibility of being abandoned by Beijing, would
Leung consider saving himself a leeway in Hong Kong?
Zhang Jian: “Leung Chun-ying can only choose one side.
If he stands firmly on the side of the people, he might
be abandoned by the regime.
He is faced with many economic problems of which Beijing
has many pieces of evidence.
His judgment has him decide to hold on to his face
in Hong Kong."
Leung Chun-ying also played the same trick of sacrificing
the insignificance in the interview.
When he was asked who decided to use tear gas on protesters,
CY Leung said that it is entirely professional judgment
of the police, as called by the field commander.
As the head of Government he would not intervene
in police operations.
But when he was asked who decided to stop the tear gas,
Leung responded that of course he was involved
in the general handling of the situation.
Hong Kong Legislative Council Alan Leong:
“We cannot quite trust him.
The use of tear gas is a relatively important decision.
At least before the police were dispatched,
there was a bottom line set up.
I think the Chief Executive must have
his say in setting the bottom line."
Zhang Jian: “The Communist regime abandons CY Leung
in order to unload the blame.
Leung himself could abandon the Hong Kong police
on his own political stage.
The Hong Kong people should see that both CY Leung and
Hong Kong police are just pawns on the regime´s chessboard.
It is clearly that the Communist regime is the biggest
black hand behind the whole incident.
The protest was due to the regime cancelling the one country
two systems and disobeying its commitments to Hong Kong."
On Monday morning, protesters said if the Government
agrees to reopen civic plaza for the assembly before 17:00
on Tuesday, they are willing to reopen the Queensway,
but they were denied and the situation has further stalemated.
Protesters in Admiralty are dissatisfied with the Government’s
strategy to wear down the movement.
They pledged to stay until the Government responds to the
aspirations of Hong Kong people on universal suffrage.
Interview/LiuHui Edit/ShangYan Post-Production/LiAnan