Students abandon plan to gatecrash APEC summit


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videoSecretary General of the Federation of Students, Alex Chow
Alex Chow (R). Photo: RTHK.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students said on Thursday that it had abandoned plans to gatecrash the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing to seek talks with state leaders over Hong Kong's political reform.

The Secretary General of the Federation, Alex Chow, said they changed their mind after listening to advice that they were highly unlikely to be able to meet any senior officials if they blindly turned up in Beijing during the summit.

He said they will instead write to former Chief Executive, Tung Chee-hwa, who is now a Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and to Rita Fan who is a member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

Mr Chow said the Federation will ask the two for their help to arrange a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang or two top officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs - Zhang Dejiang and Li Fei.

But speaking after attending a meeting of the Hong Kong Guangdong Cooperation Joint Conference in Guangzhou, the Chief Executive, C Y Leung, poured cold water on the prospect of any meeting between the students and state leaders.

He said Beijing already knew full well about the demands of different people in Hong Kong regarding political reform.

Mr Leung added that it was unnecessary for the students to go to Beijing to repeat themselves.

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