Hong Kong leader hits back at Chinese media over unofficial democracy poll
Published on Jun 24, 2014 1:39 PM
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday hit back at Chinese media criticism of an unofficial democracy poll in the city, softening his previous stance on the ballot after more than 700,000 people voted.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that voters had "expressed their hopes and demands" for elections of the city's leader in 2017. He hit back at an editorial in China's state-run Global Times newspaper condemning the poll as "an illegal farce" and saying that China's massive 1.3 billion population outweighed opinions in Hong Kong.
"Global Times yesterday came out with a piece, headlined: 'However many involved in illegal referendum, it can't match 1.3 billion' - I don't agree with that," Mr Leung said.
"Nobody should place Hong Kong people in confrontation with mainland Chinese citizens," he added.
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