Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chung-ying said during an interview to some western media that it was impossible to met the pro democracy demands in part because that would mean that the poorest would have a dominant voice in politics. And he said so as a negative fact. Not very social for a leader who had announced that he’s backed by the, so-called, People’s Party in Beijing.

Today Hong Kong’s authorities are talking with the representatives of the protesters who have occupied districts and streets in the city for three weeks asking for full democracy They want universal suffrage to vote for their next leader in 2017. China wants Honkongers to vote only among a few candidates vetted by a committee loyal to Beijing. The protesters want the possibility to nominate candidates freely, without the screening by the Chinese Communist Party.

Leung said that if candidates were nominated by the public then the largest sector of society would likely dominate the electoral process as an argument against it. But that’s the essence of democracy. He even gave data about how many people have not enough money to dominate the politics: “If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d be talking to the half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month”

So he and his bosses in Beijing have in mind a plutocracy controlled by the Party.

There are talks today between the students organising the protests and Hong Kong’s authorities, Leung said that they are “all ears” and “there could be a compromise, somewhere in between, by making the nomination committee more acceptable to these students.” But with ideas like the ones expressed by Leung about the poor and the democracy, there is no much hope of an understanding

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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