Students demonstrated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday. CreditBobby Yip/Reuters
Students demonstrated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday. CreditBobby Yip/Reuters

China on Wednesday insisted that elections for Hong Kong’s leaders must be conducted under existing rules and insisted that ongoing pro-democracy protests in the territory were illegal.

Students demonstrated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday. CreditBobby Yip/Reuters

“The illegal gathering of the so-called Occupy Central has seriously disrupted social order and influenced Hong Kong’s economy and people’s livelihood,” People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, said in an editorial.

“If it is allowed to continue, the consequences would be unthinkable,” it warned.

The editorial said elections for Hong Kong’s next chief executive, scheduled for 2017, must proceed under the territory’s Basic Law, which allows an open voting for candidates approved by an electoral committee, which would be controlled by the Communist Party.

It said the central government believed Hong Kong officials were capable of handling the protests “in accordance with the law, in order to maintain the core values of Hong Kong and the interests of the Hong Kong public.”

Amid growing support for the protests among by dissidents and rights activists in mainland China, the government has tightly controlled coverage by state media and heavily censored online posts. It also detained or questioned scores of suspected protest supporters.

The China Human Rights Defenders and Amnesty International listed 20 people who were reportedly detained, and 60 who were taken for questioning by local police.

“The rounding up of activists in mainland China only underlines why so many people in Hong Kong fear the growing control Beijing has in their city’s affairs,” said William Nee, Amnesty’s China researcher.

“The fundamental freedoms being exercised by hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong continue to be denied to those in mainland China,” Nee said, urging China to release all those detained.
GNA

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