SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- China has warned the ex-governor of Hong Kong against provoking anti-election law protesters in the region.
On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told Chris Patten to stop acting in a way that emboldens Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protestors, who have staged street rallies and road blockades for more than a month.
“He should stop his words and actions that embolden the Occupy Central movement,” Hong said.
Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, on Tuesday called on London to do more to encourage democracy in the former colony.
“As the last governor marking the end of the UK’s colonial rule over Hong Kong, he should know better and see clearly that the times have changed,” Hong said, adding, “Hong Kong affairs are China’s domestic affairs; no foreign government or individual has the right to interfere in Hong Kong affairs in any way.”
Protesters launched a campaign of occupying government buildings in Hong Kong on September 27, 2014. Police and protesters have clashed on many occasions ever since.
On Thursday, fresh clashes erupted in the Mong Kok area as police made efforts to disperse anti-election law protesters there.
Police also made three arrests in the early hours of Thursday, following the scuffles. The demonstrators have defied several deadlines to clear the streets.
Protesters are opposed to an election law introduced by the government in Beijing. Under the law, the people of Hong Kong will have to elect their next leader from a list of Beijing-vetted candidates in 2017.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The financial hub has enjoyed substantial political autonomy since 1997, when its leadership returned to China after about a century of British colonial rule.