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Chinese ambassador warns against 'chaos' in Hong Kong if Occupy Central goes ahead

Published on Jul 9, 2014 3:00 PM
 
Protesters sing while waving mobile phones during an overnight sit-in at a street at Hong Kong's financial Central district on July 1, 2014. China's ambassador to Britain warned on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, of "chaos" in Hong Kong if pro-democracy campaigners go ahead with a plan to occupy the city centre and dismissed their calls for the public to nominate candidates in leadership elections. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - China's ambassador to Britain warned on Wednesday of "chaos" in Hong Kong if pro-democracy campaigners go ahead with a plan to occupy the city centre and dismissed their calls for the public to nominate candidates in leadership elections.

Discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest level in years over what is seen as increasing interference from China and Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next chief executive in 2017.

Pro-democracy group Occupy Central has vowed to take over the central business district if the government does not allow electoral reform.

"If unsatisfied, they threaten to 'Occupy Central' and bring the Hong Kong economy into chaos," Mr Liu Xiaoming wrote in a comment piece in the Financial Times, published on Wednesday, in the latest push back against the pro-democracy movement by Beijing. "Any attempt to destabilise Hong Kong through street politics will certainly not win the hearts and minds of Hong Kong's people.

 
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