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Near-zero chance for HK protesters to change China's stance: Leader

Iran Press TV

Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:59PM GMT

Chief executive of the Hong Kong Government says anti-election law protesters have an "almost zero chance" of changing China's position regarding their demand for free elections.

On Sunday, Leung Chun-ying said although the demonstrators have been gathering for weeks, they have nearly no chance of securing 'free elections' for Hong Kong.

'In achieving universal suffrage in 2017, if the prerequisite is to put down the Basic Law and the decision made by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, I believe we all know that the chance is almost zero,' Leung added.

The chief executive further emphasized that protesters' gatherings would most likely fail to sway Beijing's stance.

Leung has also said that he will not step down from power despite calls for his resignation, adding that such a move would not solve the problem.

Protesters have been taking to the streets despite repeated calls to end their gatherings and stop blocking streets in the district of Mong Kok.

The wave of protests started after China refused to allow open nominations for the city's next chief executive in 2017, forcing the voters to choose from a list of two or three candidates selected by a nominating committee.

China has said it will introduce universal suffrage for the city's 2017 election, but wants a committee to approve the candidates.

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.

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