China on Friday continued to denounce the ongoing protests in Hong Kong in strong words, saying the agitation was doomed to fail and that it was challenging the “supreme power organ” of the country.
While the top leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have not directly commented on the protests in Hong Kong, designated as a “special administrative region” (SAR) in China, the government has used Party mouthpieces to air its strong views on the agitation and those spearheading it.
Official news agency, Xinhua, on Friday quoted a latest editorial in the People’s Daily, the CPC’s official newspaper, to issue the latest round of salvo against the protests, which have seen thousands of Hong Kong citizens forcing a lockdown of the city by occupying many its main streets.
“The illegal gatherings of the Occupy Central movement are aimed at challenging both China's supreme power organ and Hong Kong citizens' democratic rights, and are doomed to fail,” Xinhua said, quoting the People's Daily newspaper.
“They attempt to force the central authorities to change the decision made by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, on Hong Kong's electoral system,” it added.
“Such actions blatantly violate the Basic Law of Hong Kong and the principle of rule of law, according to the opinion piece. There is no room to make concessions on issues of important principles,” the commentary added.
Referring to the government’s decision about Hong Kong’s election in 2017, it said decision made on August 31 granted universal suffrage in the selection of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)'s chief executive on the basis of nomination by a "broadly representative" committee.
“The decision possesses unchallengeable legal status and authority. It is ‘a certain choice and the only choice’ to safeguard the decision,” the commentary said.
The Occupy Central protesters, however, say the decision has ensured that only a pro-Beijing candidate will be elected to the post of the city’s chief executive and it is anti-democracy.
But the commentary added that as one of China's local administrative regions, Hong Kong is directly under the jurisdiction of the central government rather than a state or an independent political entity.