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Hong Kong leader says Occupy protest would be 'illegal'

Published on Jul 29, 2014 10:19 PM
 
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying speaks at a press conference on political reform in the southern Chinese city, at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 19, 2014. Hong Kong's leader declared a planned occupation of the city's financial district by pro-democracy campaigners illegal Tuesday, July 29, 2014, and warned senior officials not to support the movement. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's leader declared a planned occupation of the city's financial district by pro-democracy campaigners illegal Tuesday, and warned senior officials not to support the movement.

Public discontent in Hong Kong is at its highest for years, with heightened concern over perceived interference from China, notably Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next leader in 2017.

Occupy Central campaigners have pledged to mobilise protesters to take over some of the busiest thoroughfares of the former British colony to push for electoral reform.

But the city's chief executive Leung Chun-ying accused the group of "using the illegal means of paralysing Central (business district) to coerce the central authorities to accept a political reform proposal they have demanded".

 
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