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Gov't respects right of expression

July 01, 2014

The Government said it respects residents' freedom and right of expression and has always encouraged the public to express their views through legal channels and in a peaceful manner.

 

In its statement in response to today's procession, the Government said, if someone contravenes a law or breaches public order, law enforcement agencies will handle the  situation in accordance with the law to ensure that law and order and public peace are maintained in Hong Kong.

 

It also reiterated that political reform proposals should be strictly in accordance with the Basic Law and the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress's relevant interpretation and decisions.

 

They should be practical and practicable, and must have the probability of gaining community support and securing passage by a two-thirds majority of lawmakers.

 

Regarding the 'civic nomination' proposal, the Government believes such a proposal is unlikely to be adopted because it will bypass or undermine the substantive powers of the nominating committee to nominate candidates.

 

The Government urges the community to forge consensus in a rational and pragmatic manner and on the basis of the Basic Law and the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress's relevant interpretation and decisions.

 

The statement also noted that a host of other public aspirations were expressed in today's procession and the Government will continue to tackle various problems including those related to economic development, housing, poverty, ageing society and the environment.



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