Hong Kong Government Releases ‘Poison’ Protest Report to China

Joshua Wong (right) with other student activists during pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. (Courtesy of Voice of America)
Joshua Wong (right) with other student activists during pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. (Courtesy of Voice of America)

The Hong Kong government released a full report to Chinese officials on Tuesday detailing the three months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The report has proved to be disappointing to the protestors.

The 155-page-report titled Report on the Recent Community and Political Situation in Hong Kong falls short of what protestors feel is a balanced view.

The report severely downplays the divisions between the political leaders in Hong Kong and the protestors.

After disagreement with a previous report in October, the Hong Kong government vowed to release a new report to further peace talks with the five representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.

The Hong Kong government submitted the report to the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China’s State Council.

The protestors main complaint about the new report is that it failed to directly address the political deadlock at the center of the struggle.

Joshua Wong, leader of the student group Scholarism wrote on Facebook that: “This report was meant to be a sweetener from the government after the talks with HKFFS.”

Wong further criticize the report by writing, “there’s no sugar coating on this sweetener. It’s poison.”

The Hong Kong protests grabbed international attention in the end of September when they occupied major roadways for over two months.

The protests were sparked by a decision on August 31 by China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, that any candidate running for chief executive in Hong Kong in 2017 must first be screened by the Communist Party.

The protester’s main concern was this issue that their basic democratic rights were being withheld.  The central issue with this decision was the lack of free elections.

To make matters more incendiary, dozens of pro-democracy leaders in the movement have been called by officials in recent weeks and were told to prepare themselves for arrest for inciting and participating in an illegal assembly.

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